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Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2013'Musicians get together in the Turks Head.'Ref: JCNG RMF1013 18
Rothbury Traditional Music Festival 2013'Musicians get together in the Turks Head.'Ref: JCNG RMF1013 18
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With a line-up of acts from overseas as well as those nearer to home, this year’s Rothbury Traditional Music Festival is shaping up to be another huge hit.

Taking place over three days, from Friday to Sunday, the folktastic event, which has been running for more than three decades, is a popular part of the Coquetdale events calendar.

And this year it is even more special, as it will also mark 60 years of playing in Rothbury Highland Pipe Band for two of its members – piper George Nixon and side-drummer Billy Murray.

The band, which has been going for the same amount of time, after being restarted following the Second World War, traditionally opens proceedings on the music-festival stage on Saturday.

And this year, pipers and drummers of all calibres are being invited to join in.

This year’s event has an international feel to it, featuring a project called Umoja Gaeilca uniting the world on song at a time.

Musicians from the USA, Cuba, Belgium, Ireland, Scotland and the festival’s own Lynn Tocker, from Rothbury, are involved in the production which is the only show they will perform south of the Border.

The vocalist is acclaimed singer and activist, Lea Gilmore, from America.

Lynn said: “Rothbury Traditional Music Festival will be hosting an extra event this year on Friday evening at Rothbury URC dedicated to Umoja Gaelica.

“This event will have limited tickets due to the size of the venue and will be an amazing evening of unprecedented boundary-breaking music featuring award-winning African-American and Celtic artists performing moving and joy-inspiring songs of freedom from both traditions.

“We have a great line-up of acts over the weekend and are delighted to have, fresh from their New York performance with Sting in The Last Ship, The Wilson Family, back to the festival by popular demand.

“They will be performing at the Mart Concert and early-evening concert alongside Umoja Gaelica, The Bottle Bank Band, Benny Graham, Margaret and Andrew Watchorn plus many more acts. This year’s festival promises to be one of the best yet.”

The festival opens on Friday night with a performance from Umoja Gaelica in Rothbury URC at 7.30pm. A ceilidh will also take place in the Jubilee Hall at 8.30pm.

On Saturday, children’s competitions will run from 9.30am in All Saints’ Church, workshops will take place throughout the day and festivities will start on stage from noon. In the evening ,there will be a non-dancing ceilidh at the Mart from 8.30pm as well as other events, including a concert at All Saints’ Church from 6.30pm.

Sunday will see the final fling from 11am and a survivors and stalwarts session from 12.30pm.

For ticket prices and more information, visit the website or call 01669 621044.