Traditional duo play summer series

A traditional Northumbrian music duo will be playing a series of concerts across north Northumberland this summer.

For the fifth year in a row, Margaret and Andrew Watchorn will be playing these summer gigs, but for the first time Berwick and Wooler have been included in the dates.

The pair, who play Northumbrian smallpipes and fiddle, will be playing tunes from William Darling, of Bamburgh and father of Grace, and from the Cheviot Ranters, an iconic traditional dance band from the Alnwick area from the 1940s onwards.

The first concert is today at The Watchtower in Tweedmouth, followed by St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh, next Thursday.

On Thursday, July 25, the duo will be playing at Rennington Village Hall before appearing at St Mary’s Church at Holy Island on Thursday, August 1, at 6.15pm.

Wooler’s Cheviot Centre hosts the Watchorns on Thursday, August 8, at 7.30pm, and then it’s the turn of St Mary’s Church in Low Newton on Thursday, August 15.

The summer series ends with a date at The Creighton Hall, Embleton, on Thursday, August 22.

All concerts start at 7.30pm unless specified and cost £7.50 payable on the door.