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52nd Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering – Day 2
April 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Festival of Northumberland’s traditional music and culture. + special “Ower the Watter” international themed events. Many free events. Prices: adult/unwaged/school age. Under 5s free.
(09:00 – 16:00 Park & Ride at County Hall to Bus Station)
St. John Ambulance at rear of Town Hall.
09.30 – 18.00 CRAFTS EXHIBITION as Friday in the Town Hall
09.45 CHILDREN’S STORIES with Sedayne in the Library, Manchester St Free
10.00– 16.00 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINMENT & STALLS Punch & Judy, Ellington Colliery Band, Time Bandits, Ran Tanners, dancers on the Market Place, in the Park, and in Sanderson Arcade
10.00 – 16.00 LIVING HISTORY activities: Archaeosoup & Rent a Peasant in the William Turner Herb Garden (Park) Free
10.00 – 16.00 MORPETH CASTLE OPEN DAY history, stories & music. Arranged with Landmark Trust Free
10.00 – 16.00 STORYTELLER’S GARDEN with Sedayne and musicians on the Old Bakehouse Yard Millennium Green off Newgate St Free
10.00 MEET THE NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS “Hear the ‘soft-link’d notes’ of the smallpipes” At the Chantry Bagpipe Museum Free
10.00 – 10.45 CLOG DANCE WORKSHOP with Anne Walton. Bring flat hard-soled shoes St Robert’s Church Hall, Oldgate £2/£1 at door
10.15 RING O’ BELLS from the Clock Tower
10.30 – 15.30 FAMILY EXHIBITION art, family activities, stories, rail model Riverside Leisure Centre café, New Market 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 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
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.
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, Wellway
14.00 BANDS, ACCORDIONS, FIDDLES, OTHER INSTRUMENTS, DUETS St. George’s Church (ground floor)
15.00 SINGING *St Robert’s Church Hall
12:00 – 15:00 CLOCK TOWER tours with Morpeth Bellringers
12.00 – 13.00 MORPETH WAITES early music concert in St George’s Church, Bridge St £2/£1 at door
12.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION at the Tap & Spile, Manchester Free
12.00 – 15.00 SINGAROUND with Beeswing at the Joiners Arms, Castle Square
12.30 – 13.30 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SESSION (under 25s) with Bennett Hogg in the Grape and Grain upstairs lounge (ex-Bin 21), Bridge St Free
13.00 – 15.00 LET’S BEE POTTY seed-sowing workshop for children in the Old Bakehouse Yard Millennium Green, off Newgate St Free (donation for materials)
14.00 – 15.00 FAMILY SHOW with Jim Eldon, Ashington Male Voice Choir at the New Life Christian Centre, Dacre St £2/£1 at door
15.00 – 16.00 KNIGHTS’ TOURNAMENT Dawn of Chivalry present a medieval combat tournament Morpeth Castle Free
16.00 – 17.00 THE WUND AN THE WETTER with Katrina Porteous (poetry) and Chris Ormston (small pipes) in the Chantry Bagpipe Museum £4/£3
17.30 YOUNG MUSICIANS’ SESSION (under 25s) with David Oliver at the Coach House in the Black and Grey, Newgate St Free
18.30 – 20.45 WINNERS’ CONCERT Special guest Brian McNeill plus 2018 winners in the Town Hall Ballroom £9/£8/£5
20.00 MUSICIANS’ SESSION in the Tap & Spile, Manchester St Free
20.00 NORTHUMBRIAN PIPERS’ SESSION with guests Keith Davidson and German zither player Robert Helgert in the Coach House at the Black and Grey, Newgate St Free (donations)
20.30 BARN DANCE with Fiddler’s Elbow & guests. Bring own drinks; no stiletto heels! In St George’s Church Hall £8/£6/£5