Five of the UK’s leading Northumbrian Smallpipers will be giving a concert at Halsway Manor on Saturday 2 March at 8pm.
Andy May, Pauline Cato, Chris Evans, Rob Say and Francis Wood are at Halsway as part of the annual Northumbrian Smallpipes Weekend, an opportunity for pipers of all ages and abilities – including beginners – to learn and play together. This Saturday night concert is an opportunity for local audiences to find out what all the fuss is about!
Northumbrian Pipes are a type of bagpipe originating, as the name suggest, in the North East of England. The most sophisticated and refined member of the bagpipe ‘family’, the Northumbrian small pipes employ keys, allowing a greater octave range and a clearer sound. They are considered by many to be the most appreciable of the bagpipes, having a sound which is more mellow than Scottish or Uilleann pipes. They are becoming increasingly popular in modern folk music, with high-profile artists such as Kathryn Tickell bringing them to wider public attention.
Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts, has been established as a Charity since 1965. Nestling at the foot of the Quantock Hills between Bicknoller and Crowcombe, Halsway Manor provides a year-round programme of events and activities in traditional folk music, dance, song, storytelling, folklore and related arts and crafts. All are welcome.
Tickets for the concert are priced £10 (£4 for 16 years old and under) and can be booked in advance by calling 01984 618274.
Further information: www.halswaymanor.org.uk
Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe. Somerset. TA4 4BD