52nd Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
continuing Northumberland’s traditions
26th April to 28th April 2019

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"Ower the Watter!"

 

Festival of traditional music, dance, craft, dialect, heritage and family fun – held the weekend after Easter in Northumberland’s historic county town of Morpeth. Special Ower the Watter! themed events celebrating the area’s international musical links.

 

All details subject to change - see noticeboards at the Town Hall and around the town, Facebook or Twitter for any last minute cancellations or alterations.

 

All venues fully accessible except Clock Tower, Castle gatehouse, Grape & Grain, Tap & Spile.

 

Ticket prices and door charges:

1st price waged adult; 2nd unwaged; any 3rd price for school-age child; under 5s free.  At some free events donation boxes will be passed around.  There are no weekend tickets except through our advance Patrons Scheme. Tickets on sale in advance from Chantry and during the Gathering at the Town Hall Festival Office and event venues. 

 

Car parking – town centre parking is free but requires a £1 disc available from shops and public buildings.

Free park and ride from County Hall Saturday only.

Parking locations and time limits from https://www.moreinmorpeth.co.uk/free-car-parking


Friday 26th April

 

9.30 - 5.00 CRAFTS EXHIBITION

with refreshments; craft competition entries (received Thursday 25th April 5.30 pm to 7 pm) and displays/stalls: needlework, jewellery, models, shepherds’ sticks, leather-work, clogmaking, etc. CDs, books, photos, t-shirts, mugs on sale

Town Hall  50p at door/accompanied under-12s free

 

10.00– 4.00 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & MARKET STALLS

Jim Eldon, Ran Tanners (music), Jim Grant (stories), Professor Grunermensch’s Punch & Judy, Living History with Rent a Peasant, Time Bandits, Lesley Bentham’s costumes and Archaeosoup

Market Place, Arcade  Free

 

10.00 – 11.00 CIRCLE DANCE WORKSHOP

with Morpeth Circle Dancers Town Hall

£2/£1 at door

 

10.30 – 3.00

FAMILY ART ACTIVITIES

Leisure Centre café  Free

 

10.30 – 4.30 NORTHUMBRIAN PIPES: PLAY IN A DAY

 for adults (over16) with Dave Shaw. NB Fully booked. 

Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum

 

11.15 – 12.45 CLOG DANCE WORKSHOP 

NE style with Lynette Eldon and Sue Jenkinson

Bring flat hard-soled shoes

Town Hall £2/£1 at door

 

1.00 – 2.00 HISTORIC DANCE WORKSHOP

with Elizabeth Lawson

Town Hall £2/£1 at door

 

2.00 OFFICIAL OPENING of Gathering

by The Mayor of Morpeth, Councillor Jack Gebhard

Town Hall Exhibition

 

2.15 BRETON DANCE WORKSHOP

with Suzanne and Alpin McGregor

Town Hall £2/£1 at door

 

3.45 MAYPOLE WORKSHOP

with Elizabeth Lawson

Town Hall £2/£1 at door

 

4.30 STORYTIME with Jim Grant 

Library  Free

 

5.30 - 6.30 CASTLE COAST

poetry book launch with InHouse Poets; vocal music from Seaglass 

Chantry  Free - limited space -  tickets from Eventbrite or at desk in Chantry TIC

 

7.30 – 10.00 OWER THE WATTER

concert - New Voices choir, Folkestra youth band, Baltic Crossing (music of NE England and Scandinavia)

Methodist Church £12/£10/£8 

 

8.00   MUSICIANS’ SESSION

with Keith Besford, Alasdair Turnbull & friends

Tap & Spile   Donations

 


 

Saturday 27th April

 

NB – some venues are changed from previous years.

Extra changes may be required in the event of bad weather or unexpected venue problems.

Beware of the hour-long road closure for the Pageant on Saturday morning!

First Aid – St John Ambulance will be located in the Newmarket car park behind the Town Hall on Saturday.

Park Toilets – closed; please use facilities at Leisure Centre, Electric Wizard, Rutherford’s, Sanderson Arcade, the Bus Station, or the Terrace car park by St George’s.

 

9.00 – 4.00 PARK AND RIDE

with vintage buses from County Hall

 

9.30 - 6.00  CRAFTS EXHIBITION

with refreshments; craft competition entries and displays/stalls: needlework, jewellery, models, shepherds’ sticks, leather-work, clogmaking, musical instruments, textiles. CDs, books, photos, t-shirts, mugs on sale

Town Hall  50p at door/accompanied under-12s free

 

9.45  CHILDREN’S STORIES

with Sedayne

Library Free

 

10.00– 4.00 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & MARKET STALLS

Punch & Judy, Ellington Colliery Band, Ran Tanners, Jim Eldon, historic characters, morris and rapper dance teams

Market Place, Park, Sanderson Arcade  Free

 

10.00 – 4.00 LIVING HISTORY

activities with Archaeosoup and Rent a Peasant

William Turner Herb Garden (Park)  Free

Also

Time Bandits Park bandstand area at certain times

 

10.00 – 4.00 MORPETH CASTLE OPEN DAY

Castle gatehouse and ground open. Living History with Dawn of Chivalry, stories & music with Jim Grant and the Ran Tanners.  Arranged with Landmark Trust 

Morpeth Castle Free 

 

10.00 – 4.00 STORYTELLER’S GARDEN

with Sedayne and musicians

Old Bakehouse Yard Millennium Green  Free

 

10.00 – 10.45  MEET THE NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS

Hear the ‘soft-link’d notes’ of the smallpipes  

Chantry Bagpipe Museum Free

 

10.00 - 10.45  CLOG DANCE WORKSHOP

Bring flat hard-soled shoes

St Robert's Church Hall (new venue) £2/£1 at door

 

10.15  RING O’ BELLS

by Morpeth Clock Tower Bellringers. Followed by Clock Tower tours from 12 approx 

Clock Tower Donations

 

10.30 – 3.30 FAMILY EXHIBITION

art, family activities, stories with Chris Brock, rail model

Leisure Centre café  Free

 

11.00  PAGEANT

Border piper, flags, Lord Greystoke’s return from 1388 Battle of Otterburn, costumed groups, bands, dance teams, the Durham Dragon and Twisting Ducks, giant figure of piper Jamie Allan, 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 - 12.45 SMALLPIPES AND ZITHER

Music from Northumbrian piper Keith Davidson and German zither player Robert Helgert 

Chantry Bagpipe Museum  £4/£3

 

12.00 - 1.00 MORPETH WAITES

early music concert

St George’s Church  £2/£1 at door

 

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 and times

12.00   CLOG DANCING  *St Robert’s Church Hall

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

1.30     SPEAKING AND WRITING: dialect, stories, results of pre-judged writing classes *St James's Centre

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

*3.00   SINGING  *St Robert’s Church Hall * NB earlier start

 

12.00   MUSICIANS’ SESSION

with Keith Besford, Alasdair Turnbull & friends

Tap & Spile   Donations

 

12.00 - 3.00 SINGAROUND

with Beeswing. Event dedicated to the memory of Ken Self.

Joiners Arms   Donations

 

12.30 - 1.30 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SESSION

(under 25s) with Bennett Hogg

Grape & Grain upstairs lounge (formerly Bin 21)  Free

 

1.00 – 3.00  LET’S BEE POTTY

seed-sowing workshop

Old Bakehouse Yard Millennium Green   Free (donation for materials)

 

2.00 – 3.00  FAMILY SHOW

with Jim Eldon, Ashington Male Voice Choir 

New Life Centre  £2/£1 at door

 

3.00 – 4.00 KNIGHTS’ TOURNAMENT

Dawn of Chivalry present a medieval combat tournament  

Castle  Free

 

4.00 - 5.00 THE WUND AN THE WETTER 

Katrina Porteous (dialect poetry) and Chris Ormston (small pipes)

Chantry Bagpipe Museum  £4/£3

 

5.30 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SESSION

(under 25s) with David Oliver 

Black and Grey Coach House   Free

 

6.30 - 8.45  WINNERS’ CONCERT

Special guest Scottish superstar Brian McNeill celebrating 50 years in folk music. Plus 2018 open music and dialect winners including the Redheughers, Iain Gelston, Carl Stiansen, Wallace Calvert, Eileen Beers, Edric Ellis, Marina Dodgson and Vivien Kent, Graham Bell, and 3-times champion fiddler Ali Say.

Town Hall Ballroom £9/£8/£5

 

8.00   MUSICIANS’ SESSION

with Keith Besford, Alasdair Turnbull & friends

Tap & Spile   Donations

 

8.00 NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS’ SESSION

with guests Keith Davidson and German zither player Robert Helgert

Black and Grey Coach House   Free (donations)

 

8.30  BARN DANCE

with Fiddler's Elbow and guest dance spots including Newcastle Royal Scottish Country Dancers. Bring own drinks; no stiletto heels!

St George’s Church Hall  £8/£6/£5

 


 

Sunday 28th April

 

Park Toilets – closed; please use facilities at Leisure Centre, Sanderson Arcade, Electric Wizard, the Terrace.

 

9.30 - 4.30  CRAFTS EXHIBITION 

with refreshments; craft competition entries and displays/stalls: needlework, jewellery, models, shepherds’ sticks, leather-work, clogmaking, etc. CDs, books, photos, t-shirts, mugs on sale

Town Hall  50p at door/accompanied under-12s free

 

9.30 - 11.00 ORIENTEERING event

(prizes at 12 near bandstand)

Park

 

10.00 - 3.00  OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & MARKET STALLS 

Punch & Judy, Maypole, Ran Tanners, story teller Sedayne, Dance Dynamics

 Market Place, Park, Sanderson Arcade

 

10.00 – 4.00 LIVING HISTORY

activities with Archaeosoup and Rent a Peasant

William Turner Herb Garden (Park)  Free

Also

Time Bandits Park bandstand area at certain times

 

10.00 – 4.00 MORPETH CASTLE OPEN DAY

Castle gatehouse and ground open. Living History with Dawn of Chivalry, stories & music with Jim Grant and the Ran Tanners.  Arranged with Landmark Trust 

Morpeth Castle Free 

 

10.30 – 3.30 FAMILY EXHIBITION

art, family activities, stories, rail model 

Leisure Centre café  Free

 

11.30 – 12.30 SONGS OF THE SEA

with JIB: Jim Mageean, Ingrid and Barrie Temple 

Town Hall £4/£3

 

12.00 - 2.00   MUSICIANS’ SESSION

with Keith Besford, Alasdair Turnbull & friends

Tap & Spile   Donations

 

1.00  - 3.00 TOWN TREASURES tours of Council Chamber, Mayor’s Parlour, civic silver and artefacts including on loan for one day the painting of Morpeth hero John Rastrick, threshing machine pioneer

Town Hall  Free

 

1.30 - 3.00 FAMILY CONCERT

including Woolsington Strings, Northumbrian Ranters, MC Ann WIlkinson

Town Hall  £2/£1 at door

 

3.00 – 4.00 KNIGHTS’ TOURNAMENT

Dawn of Chivalry present a medieval combat tournament  

Castle  Free

 

3.30 - 4.30  HANDBELLS WORKSHOP

with Morpeth Clock Tower Bellringers

Clock Tower  Donations

 

7.30 – 10.00 TOPETTE!! 

Anglo-French supergroup in concert – concert of exciting acoustic music with a chance for dancing

Town Hall £12/£10/£8


 

 

Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering Committee is a standing committee of Morpeth Antiquarian Society (Reg. Charity No. 507640) and a member of the Association of Festival Organisers. MNGC reserves the right to alter programme details.

 

Morpeth Gathering is aided by individuals and organisations including in recent years: Anonymous, N Bettinson, V Bradford, O Brodie, C Caisley, S Clarke, H and P Crook, P Dunn, R Forster, Freeman Family, Friends of Morpeth Museum, John Gerard, D and D Girard, Greater Morpeth Development Trust, Grosch-Miller Family, FH Hardy, E Hogg MBE, J Homer, C M Houlton, Landmark Trust, Longhorsley Parish Council, Morpeth Antiquarian Society, Morpeth Art Group, Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum, Morpeth Clock Tower Bellringers, Morpeth Lions, MorpethNet, Morpeth Rotary Club, Morpeth Town Council, Morrisons, Museums Northumberland, NE Vintage Buses, Northumberland and Tyneside Orienteering, Northumberland County Council, NCC Chairman’s Fund, Northumbrian Language Society, Northumbrian Pipers’ Society, Old Bakehouse Millennium Green Trust, Pegswood Parish Council, Records of Early English Drama NE, P and P Rescigno, Robson and Prescott, N Short, J Shurlock, Stait Photography, R Stewart, A Swailes MBE, C Telford, A Tebbutt, Trailer Trash, H Trueman, JA Turnbull, Tyneside Fiddle Alliance, Ulgham Parish Council, Wellway Accountants.

 

All venues fully accessible except Clock Tower, Castle gatehouse, Grape & Grain, Tap & Spile.
At some events donation boxes will be passed around

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