MUSIC, DANCE, SONGS & HUMOUR
A STORY OF GEORGIAN/VICTORIAN TYNESIDE
THROUGH THE EYES OF JAMES HILL
THE GEORDIE 'PAGANINI'
Stewart Hardy, Jim Mageean
Alex Fitzsimmons & Natalie Rae
SUNDAY 31st MARCH
Doors 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
BY ALAN FITZSIMMONS AND TOM McCONVILLE
For further information phone 07710 040487
James Hill was probably the most famous fiddler on Tyneside during the late Georgian and early Victorian periods.
He wrote more than 40 tunes, mainly hornpipes, inspired and informed by the places and characters he came to know.
This story is a reflective account of his life, told through 'Jimmy's ghost' and set in and around The Hawk public house, which was owned by his future father-in-law.
The narrative unfolds to a back-drop of James Hill's own compositions, clog dancing and songs from the time. It also incorporates some newly commissioned pieces.
Featuring two top virtuoso fiddle players Tom McConville (BBC Musician of the Year) and Stewart Hardy, this show provides fantastic entertainment for all the family.
Tom and Stewart will be joined by two of the North East's finest singers Alan Fitzsimmons and Jim Mageean and clog dancing champion Natalie Rae.
Tom was born on Tyneside and brought up in a pub on the famous Scotswood Road where he first experienced traditional singing and fiddle music; the hornpipes of James Hill being amongst his first influences. Tom is a world class fiddle player who has packed a lot into his 50 years as a performer. He has played alongside the likes of The Dubliners, The Chieftains, The Fureys, The Boys of the Lough, Stephan Grapelli, Bob Fox, Kieron Halpin and Richard Thompson to name but a few and in 2009 he was voted BBC Folk Musician of the year. He also has a great singing voice. Add in a very engaging dry sense of humour and his magical touch on the fiddle and it is easy why he remains one of the most sought after performers on the UK’s folk festival and club circuits.
Stewart is an internationally acclaimed fiddle player, composer and teacher with numerous recordings and broadcast credits to his name. Based in the North East of England, his love for the traditional music of Northumberland and Scotland shines through his repertoire and influences his own compositions. Stewart’s teaching is diverse, having covered many projects from international workshops to the Newcastle University folk degree course. He spent six years as an influential member of the very popular John Wright Band and has toured throughout the world playing traditional folk, pop, rock, jazz, country and western swing music.
Jim started his singing career in the1960s in Newcastle where learned his craft under the guidance of Louis Killen and honed his skills under the influence of Stan Hugill. A powerful singer, his knowledge of sea songs is legendry, however he also has a vast repertoire of traditional songs, particularly relating to working life in the NE, a wealth of 'Geordie' dialect songs and a wonderful array of music hall numbers. Jim has always performed as a solo artist but he also regularly toured as half of a double act with Johnny Collins, an internationally acclaimed partnership that lasted 25 years until Johnny’s death in 2009. Jim now performs regularly with The Keelers, Graham Knights and in an increasingly popular trio with Barrie & Ingrid Temple.
Trained in tap, ballet and modern dance, Natalie was drawn to the otherworldliness of traditional dancing in the summer of 2007, when she met and joined Gaorsach Rapper and Step dancers in Aberdeen. She also performed for a short time, with Mons Meg Rapper, based in Edinburgh, before relocating to the north east of England. She now dances regularly with Star and Shadow Rapper, The Newcastle Kingsmen and Four Corner Rapper. Natalie also teaches clog classes as part of the Folkworks programme at The Sage in Gateshead and with a community group in the village of Etal in Northumberland. This summer she will be running a series of clog workshops during Whitby Folk Week.