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Announcing The Hexham Gathering 2017

Thursday 25th May – Sunday 28thMay 2017

The Hexham Gathering, apartnership between Folkworks / Sage Gateshead and Queen’s Hall Arts, is a unique annual festival featuring hundreds of young people performing traditional music, song and dance in Hexham and the surrounding area in a four day folk spectacular.

New for 2017, the festival will be visiting venues across the Tyne Valley with a Magnetic North East Village Hall Tour led by award-winning Northumbrian pipes and fiddle player Kathryn Tickell. The tour will stop in Stocksfield, Allendale and Wark.

Young players will be at the forefront of performances in Hexham town centre whilst Queen’s Hall will be full of music throughout the weekend as it hosts concerts, instrumental and singing workshops, and The Big Gig - headlined by the young Scottish powerhouse RURA, a winner at The Scots Trad Music Awards 2015, and named one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene by Songlines.

Festival goers can also enjoy performances from Queen’s Hall Arts’ resident youth folk band 4th Generation, Scottish fiddle player Eryn Rae, Superfolkus with special guest Kathryn Tickell, and Sage Gateshead regional youth folk ensemble Folkestra. For the first time at Hexham Gathering, The Great Hall in Hexham Abbey hosts the Gathering Ceilidh.

There is also the opportunity to join in with the fun with a mixed instrument workshop with festival headliners RURA and a singing workshop with English folksinger, musician and dancer Hannah James.

Kathryn Tickell
This year’s festival is sponsored by Red Hot Property in Hexham. Gareth Jones, Managing Director of Red Hot Property, said: “As a leading regional estate agent Red Hot Property is committed to making a positive contribution in our local community. We are proud to sponsor the Hexham Gathering which provides fantastic opportunities for our young people to develop their skills, talent and confidence whilst having fun”.

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The Hexham Gathering 2017 takes place from Thursday 25 May until Sunday 28 May and all tickets can be booked through the Queen’s Hall Arts Centre Box Office, Hexham on 01434 652477 or online at
The full line-up includes:
Thursday 25 May
Village Hall Tour with Magnetic North East at Stocksfield Community Centre, 7.30pm

Friday 26 May
Village Hall Tour with Magnetic North East at Allendale Village Hall, 7.30pm

Saturday 27 May
Hexham TownCentre Takeover, 10.00am – 4.00pm
The Big Gig: RURA / Superfolkus + Kathryn Tickell / Folkestra at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, 7.00pm
Hexham Gathering Ceilidh at The Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, 8.00pm - 10.30pm

Sunday 28 May
Mixed Instrument Workshop with RURA at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, 10.00am12 noon
Singing Workshop with Hannah James at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, 10.00am12 noon
4th Generation and Eryn Rae at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, 12noon
Hexham Gathering Final Celebration at the Bandstand, Abbey Grounds, Hexham , 1.00pm - 3.30pm
Village Hall Tour with Magnetic North East at Wark Town Hall and Mechanics Institute, 7.30pm

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