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Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - Day 2 Saturday

27 Apr 2019

Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - Day 2 Saturday

The 52nd annual Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - a festival of traditional Northumbrian culture - is as always over the weekend after Easter

Follow the Morpeth Gathering website for news and updates as the event approaches - but it is guaranteed that the event will take place at venues all over the town and there'll be

music - song - dialect - dance - crafts - pageantry - re-enactments - heritage - stalls - family activities - and competitions

This year's special Ower the Watter international theme marks our area’s musical links with other countries. 

Draft Programme - Subject to Change

(9am – 4pm Park & Ride from County Hall to Bus Station

St. John Ambulance at rear of Town Hall.

09.30 - 618.00  CRAFTS EXHIBITION as Friday Town Hall

09.45  CHILDREN’SSTORIES with Sedayne Library Free

10.00– 4.00 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & STALLS Punch & Judy, Ellington Colliery Band, Time Bandits, Ran Tanners, dancers Market Place, Park, Sanderson Arcade 

10.00 – 16.00 MORPETH CASTLE OPEN DAY history, stories & music. Arranged with Landmark Trust  Free 

10.00 – 16.00 STORYTELLERS' GARDEN with Sedayne and musicians Old Bakehouse Yard Millennium Green  Free

10.00 – 16.00  LIVING HISTORY activities with Archaeosoup  and Rent a Peasant William Turner Herb Garden (Park)  Free

10.00  MEET THE NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS Hear the ‘soft-link’d notes’ of the smallpipes Bagpipe Museum Free

10.00 - 10.45  CLOG DANCE WORKSHOP with Anne Walton. Bring flat hard-soled shoes   St Robert's Church Hall  £2/£1 at door

10.15  RING O’ BELLS; Clock Tower tours from 12:00 approx.

10.30 – 15.30 FAMILY EXHIBITION art, family craftwork activities, model rail display.  Leisure Centre café  Free

11.00  PAGEANT Border piper, flags, Lord Greystoke’s return from Otterburn, costumed groups, bands, dance teams, the Durham dragon and giant piper Jamie Allen, welcomed at Town Hall by the Morpeth Gadgy and civic leaders. During this time (10.30 - 11.45 am) Market Place & town centre from Chantry to Manchester Street closed to traffic. Alternative route Dark Lane/Stanley Terrace/Wellway.

11.45 - 12.45SMALLPIPES AND ZITHER Music from Northumbrian piper Keith Davidson and German zither player Robert Helgert  Chantry Bagpipe Museum  £4/£3


Saturday Competitions:  Passport ticket for entrants/audience £2.00/£1.50 includes free entry to Exhibition.  Doors open 30 minutes before times stated below to allow entrants to register.  *NB this year sees changes to some venues

                     12.00 CLOG DANCING  *St Robert’s Church Hall

                     13.30   NORTHUMBRIAN PIPES &  LOWLAND/ BORDER /HALF-LONG PIPES  Chantry Bagpipe Museum

                      13.30   SPEAKING AND WRITING: dialect, stories, results of pre-judged writing classes (deadline 1st Apr) *St James's Centre

                      14.00   BANDS, ACCORDIONS, FIDDLES, OTHER INSTRUMENTS, DUETS St. George’s Church (ground floor) 

                      15.00   SINGING  *St Robert’s Church Hall

12.00   MUSICIANS’ SESSION Tap & Spile  Free

12.00 - 15.00 SINGAROUND with Beeswing Joiners Arms

12.00 - 13.30 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SESSION (under 25s) Bennett Hogg Grape and Grain lounge (ex-Bin 21) Free

12.00- 13.00 MORPETH WAITES early music concert St George’s Church  £2/£1 at door

13.00 – 15.00  LET’S BEE POTTY seed-sowing workshop Bakehouse Millennium Green   Free (donation for materials)

14.00 - 14.45  FAMILY SHOW with Jim Eldon, Ashington Male Voice Choir   New Life Christian Centre, Dacre St  £2/£1 at door

15.00 – 16.00 KNIGHTS’ TOURNAMENT Dawn of Chivalry present a medieval combat tournament  Castle  Free

16.00 - 17.00 THE WUND AN THE WETTER  Katrina Porteous (poetry) and Chris Ormston (small pipes) Chantry Bagpipe Museum  £4/£3

17.30 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SESSION (under 25s) with David Oliver Black and Grey Coach House, Newgate St   Free

18.30 - 20.45  WINNERS’ CONCERT Special guest Brian McNeill  plus 2018 winners Town Hall Ballroom £9/£8/£5

20.00  MUSICIANS’ SESSION Tap & Spile  Free

20.00 NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS’ SESSION with guests Keith Davidson and German zither player Robert Helgert    Black and Grey Coach House, Newgate St   Free (donations)

20.30  BARN DANCE with Fiddler's Elbow & guests. Bring own drinks; no stilettos! St George URC Church Hall , Bridge St £8/£6/£5