Tune in to the stories behind the songs

Gareth Davies-Jones and Calum Stewart, Cheviot Centre, Wooler, Saturday, March 19, Tickets £7, £6 conc, £4 children, £19 family.

Songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland and the North East will fill Wooler’s Cheviot Centre on March 19 when the talented pair of Gareth Davies-Jones and Calum Stewart will perform to raise money for Glendale Free Music Festival.

Singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones was born and raised in County Down in the north east of Ireland and now lives near Newcastle, while Calum Stewart is originally from Elgin in north east Scotland and studied on the folk degree course at Newcastle University.

Taking songs and tunes from each of these three distinctive regions of the British Isles, Gareth and Calum have put together an evocative and engaging evening of musical entertainment.

From tales of rural life, industry and shipwrecks to reflections on itinerant pencil makers, the stories that lie behind the songs add an extra dimension to the show.

The duo also share something of their own musical heritage and the impact that the landscape, the people and the places of the North East have had on their writing and performance.

Gareth said: “Calum and I met after I saw him play at the Sage in Gateshead in 2006. Since then we’ve collaborated on recordings and live events at least once a year.

“I’ve not performed in the Wooler area before but I’ve long admired the scenery and the hills having visited with the family many times before.”

The show, which is part of the Highlights programme, will help raise funds for Glendale Free Music Festival which will be held in Wooler on Sunday, July 24, and which offers an afternoon of varied music for all ages as well as a craft fair, food fair and extra street entertainment.

Tickets for Gareth and Calum’s performance are available on 01668 282406 or at the Cheviot Centre and Market Place News, High Street.