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Training the Trainer

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Do You Aspire to Teach Music? 
Are You a Teacher Looking for New Ideas?

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An evening of workshops for musicians and music teachers alike:
sharing best practice and building confidence in teaching methods.


Stacey Riley, David Oliver & Stewart Hardy

24th April 2018 6pm-9pm
Newcastle University Armstrong Building

Workshops include:

Whole Class Behaviour Strategies for Effective Learning
(Stacey Riley)

Delivering Great Workshops – Some Basic Principles
(David Oliver)

Ready for Anything – Effective Preparation in Teaching Folk Music
(Stewart Hardy)
(including anticipating needs, monitoring progression, when to abandon a plan & engaging warm-ups)

Places are limited to ensure that participants have opportunities to explore specific questions and concerns.  Book your place now.

Tickets £8 from



Stacey is a specialist in Music in Education and is developing new and innovative ways to use music to impact children's learning across the wider schools’ curriculum. Stacey started playing clarinet at the age of 7 and progressed through The Royal Northern College of Music Junior School and Chethams School of Music. She was a primary classroom teacher for 13 years and is now the Director of Music and Performance for The Laidlaw Schools Trust. Her innovative approach to using music in the classroom is yielding impressive results and is attracting the attention of key figures in music education.


Stewart is renowned as one of the top fiddle tutors in the UK. He is both classically trained and steeped in the traditional music of Northumberland & Scotland, which is reflected in his approach to teaching. In great demand as both a private tutor and as a workshop leader, Stewart can be found teaching across the UK and beyond, leading regular and one-off workshops, tutoring on Summer Schools and leading projects in schools. For many years Stewart was a core instrumental tutor and lecturer on the Folk Degree at Newcastle University. He also directed the Folkworks Adult Summer School for three years as well as several award winning European projects for young musicians. Current projects include regular tuition for JSArts (both fiddle and mixed instruments workshops), leading Tyneside Fiddle Alliance, teaching on residential courses such as the Historically Informed Summer School, and directing and tutoring for the North East Fiddle School.


A former High School headteacher from Hexham, Northumberland, David Oliver was Folkworks Education Director from 1993 to 2009, and has wide and varied experience of organising and delivering courses, workshops and training events in folk music, song and dance.  He’s a leading Northumbrian dance band accordionist and caller, leader of The Hedgehog's Skin and creator of The Hexham Village Band, a 30-strong community ceilidh band. From 2006 until 2012 he was musical director of the Tynedale Community Choir. In recent years he has led community music projects in Hungary, India,  South Africa, Burkina Faso, Spain, Sweden, Japan, the USA and France. David is co-author of Folk Voiceworks (OUP 2007), author of English Accordion Music (Schott 2008) and creator of the best-selling Folkworks Session Collection. He was Chair of FolkArts England 2003 to 2009, and is now supposed to be retired.
These are the facts. What you really need to know is that David Oliver is a passionate, cheerful and engaging advocate of Northern England’s music and dance, who loves to encourage everyone to be happy, confident and enthusiastic about participating and sharing in our great musical traditions.

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Magnetic North East 2017 Annual Concert Announced!
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Magnetic North East 2017 Annual Concert Announced!

We are excited to announce our second major concert in Sage One which will take place on 10th November 2017!  Join us for a diverse evening of music, dance and poetry!

Featuring the stunning songs of Sunderland troubadour Martin Longstaff (The Lake Poets) and the superbly energetic North East/Scandi fusion of Baltic Crossing, who unite fiery Scandinavian fiddles with the irresistible energy of the Northumbrian pipes, this is an unmissable event!  FURTHER ACTS ANNOUNCED include Magnetic North East's highly sought after youth band Superfolkus, and dynamic rapper sword team Star & Shadow!

We are also proud to be launching a new anthology from Britain’s leading poetry publisher, Bloodaxe Books!

 ‘Land of Three Rivers’ is a celebration of North-East England in poetry, featuring its places and people, culture, history, language and stories in poems and songs with both rural and urban settings.


The Lake Poets - “Beautiful and quietly devastating – Stunningly heart-breaking music”. 
BBC 6 Music

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A standing ovation to all musicians and audience members for Magnetic Concert!
to Dec 20

A standing ovation to all musicians and audience members for Magnetic Concert!

We'd like to express an enormous thank you to everyone who came along to our concert on 10th November 2017 in Sage One.  Audience members and performers alike contributed to an unforgettable evening celebration of our North East culture and heritage, of which we are immensely proud.


The evening began with displays on the concourse from Northumberland National Park who brought along their interactive Dark Skies exhibit, The Society of Northumbrian Scribes demonstrating their wonderful calligraphy skills, and Folkworks Tuesday who ran a fantastic 'Try-the-Pipes' stall.  Even the pre-show music was provided by our very own Andrew Davison - who played his Northumbrian pipes in the hall as the audience came in. 

The evening also hosted the launch of a brand new poetry anthology from leading publisher Bloodaxe Books.  'Land of Three Rivers', taking its name from the title of a Vin Garbutt song, maps the region in poems relating to the North East’s past and present, depicting life from Roman times, through medieval Northumbria and the industrial era of mining and ship-building, up to the present day. We were delighted to see the books flying off our concourse stall!  Apologies to anyone who arrived after they were all gone - we have some more stock available here.


Surprise guests on the night included the inimitable Jimmy Nail, who performed his classic 'Big River' with a backing band including Kathryn Tickell & Superfolkus.  

Our charismatic compere for the evening was Victoria Elliott, who gave a stunning reading of Bill Herbert's 'The Blazing Grater'.


Other acts included Sunderland's own Marty Longstaff performing as 'The Lake Poets', North-East/Scandi fusion fantastics - Baltic Crossing, the dynamic Star & Shadow Rapper, and of course, the fabulous Superfolkus

A huge thanks must go to Folkestra who provided entertainment for the interval and to Sesh Grenade who brought the night to a storming finish!

The icing on the cake was a superb musical performance of Wilfred Gibson's poem 'Fallowfield Fell' and 'Divent Clash the Door' from Thomas Walling Primary Academy.  Kathryn has thoroughly enjoyed working with the students and staff at Thomas Walling and was incredibly proud to be able to showcase their hard work!

Click here for a full review of the concert from Greg Freeman. 


We hope that you all enjoyed the evening as much as we did!

With many heartfelt thanks,

All at Magnetic North East CIC.


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New gifts & stunning cards ready for Christmas!!

We have some wonderful gifts available in our online shop including our new
'11 Pipers Piping' Christmas cards by Natalie Rae Reid.  A fantastic celebration of our local Northumbrian piping culture!

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We are also celebrating the launch of the 'Land of Three Rivers' poetry anthology from Bloodaxe Books, which takes place this Friday 10th November 2017! 
This fabulous volume captures the essence of North-East England through poetry, featuring its places and people, culture, history, language and stories in the form of poems and songs.  

After the success of the 'Tales and Tunes' tour with Kathryn Tickell and David Almond, the pair have created a superb bookette in 'Words and Music' to capture the creativity and personality of these two North East artists.  
(Bookette: small book…but posher than a booklet!)

We wish you a fantastically Merry Christmas, full of music and poetry!

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Bellingham Show Piping Competitions Draw Great Crowds
to Sep 30

Bellingham Show Piping Competitions Draw Great Crowds

We've had a brilliant weekend at this year's 175th Bellingham Show hosting the revamped Traditional Music tent!


The morning's music started at 11am with some great local tunes in our piping playaround.  The 'Hesleyside Reel', 'Bellingham Boat', and 'Warksburn Waltz' among others!

We were brimming with pride to see the attendance for the piping competitions stronger than it has been in many years!  This wouldn't have been possible without the support of the Alnwick Pipers Society, Tarset Ceilidh Band and not forgetting the superb efforts of Gwennie Frazer in drawing it all together.  There were 11 entries for the competitions in total!  Many thanks to all of those who entered or came along in support, and congratulations to the winners!  We hope to see you all again next year! 

Competition Results:
Novice: 1st Sarah Tym (playing Swindon & Ward's Brae) & 2nd Pam Horne (Derwentwater's Farewell & Herd on the Hill
Intermediates: 1st Dorothy Cragg (Silvery Voe & Grace Darling) & 2nd Hilary Paton (Rothbury Hills & Peacock's March)
Open: 1st Ian Stephenson (Boulavogue, Holmes' Fancy, Stagshaw Bank Fayre & Lasses Pisses Brandy) & 2nd Jocelyn Renault (A Carolan Tune, Brittany March & Greensleeves Jig)
Novice Half-Longs: 1st Iain Gelston (John Anderson My Joe & Hey for Newbiggin)
Duet Pipes: 1st Nick Leeming & Louise Woodman (Noble Squire Dacre & Blowzabella) & 2nd Nick Leeming & Marion Downes (Swindon & Wadehampton's Hornpipe)
Mixed Duets: 1st Rob & Ali Say - pipes and fiddle (The Mill, The Mill, O & Nancy) & 2nd Ian and Emily Stephenson (Redesdale Hornpipe & Buttered Peas). 

The afternoon brought a fantastic array of music from Tarset Ceilidh Band, Alnwick Pipers and Tyneside Fiddle Alliance as well as captivating performances from local singers David McCracken and Abbey Tilley.  The show finale was an energetic set from Bellingham's own Landermason!

We'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone who came along to perform this weekend!  All of the performances were really enjoyable and it was wonderful to hear so much local music!  We'd also like to thank everyone who popped into the tent at any point during the day.  It was great to have such a crowd gathered to listen - we'll be ordering a larger tent for next year!!!

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Piping Competitions & Traditional Music at Bellingham Show!
to Aug 27

Piping Competitions & Traditional Music at Bellingham Show!

We're delighted to be hosting the Piping Competitions & Traditional Music tent for Bellingham Show's 175th year!  

The show takes place on 26th August 2017 and will draw in crowds from across the North East to enjoy live bands, livestock judging, terrier racing, children’s activities, traditional games, wrestlingNorthumbrian piping, vintage vehicles, dog show, fell racing and much, much more.

The piping competitions have been an important feature of the show for the greater part of two centuries.  With Northumbrian music a central part of our heritage, we wish to maintain this treasured feature of the Bellingham Show, celebrating the regional significance of our Northumbrian piping, song and tune traditions.

Come along to compete, join in with the piping sessions (from 11am) or simply to enjoy music from a great variety of North East acts! 

11.00 Northumbrian Piping F Session.  All welcome.

13.00 Northumbrian Piping Competitions
 (Judged by Kathryn Tickell) followed by further piping.

14.30 Tarset Ceilidh-Band
14.50 David McCracken
15.10 Abbey Tilley
15.25 Alnwick Pipers
Tyneside Fiddle Alliance
16.10 Landermason

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Kathryn Tickell & Superfolkus on Holy Island
4:00 PM16:00

Kathryn Tickell & Superfolkus on Holy Island

Our very own Kathryn Tickell with her band Superfolkus have now been confirmed as the headline act for the Holy Island Festival 2017!  

The concert will take place at 4pm on Sunday 16th July 2017 and will feature an exciting new composition by Kathryn, commissioned especially for this year's event!  

Tickets are now on sale - Have you got yours?

For more info on this year's festival, check out the website: http://www.holyislandfestival.org/#/

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Magnetic North East - Hexham Gathering Village Hall Tours!
to May 28

Magnetic North East - Hexham Gathering Village Hall Tours!

With a selection of gifted young artists introduced by Kathryn Tickell and Magnetic North East, we have exciting line-ups for our 3 Hexham Gathering concerts!

Performers include members of Superfolkus, a top level youth folk ensemble, who are already playing at a professional level and have delighted audiences across the UK, and also some exciting new, younger musicians. 

Come along to support the region's best emerging young talent, and enjoy tradition in the making!

Dates, Times & Venues

Stocksfield Community Centre, Thursday 25 May, 7.30pm
Grace Smith – fiddle, clog dancing
Jordan Aikin (whistle) & Alasdair Paul (guitar)
Elizabeth Quigley – Harp
Abi Rees – Accordion
Abbey Tilley – North East songs

Allendale Village Hall, Friday 26 May, 7.30pm
Cream Tees
Michael Biggins – accordion
Scott Turnbull – guitar
Lexie Wilson– harp
Wingrove Singers

Wark Town Hall and Mechanics Institute, Sunday 28 May, 7.30pm
Michael Biggins – accordion
Scott Turnbull – guitar
Wingrove singers
Lexie Wilson – harp

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International Bagpiping Day
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International Bagpiping Day

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The Northumbrian Pipers' Society is hosting a piping extravaganza from 10th-12th March to celebrate International Bagpiping Day!  There will be plenty of opportunities to talk to like-minded piping-enthusiasts or try out the Northumbrian pipes if you are looking to learn!  There will also be playarounds, workshops and makers' tables - followed by an evening concert on Saturday 12th featuring a number of top bagpipers - not just playing the Northumbrian pipes!   

All of the day time events are free!  It's an event not to be missed!


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MNE needs you….!
to Jan 16

MNE needs you….!

Magnetic North East CIC (MNE) is looking for a self-employed part time administrator to help implement the strategic objectives of the organisation. This is an exciting opportunity to join Magnetic North East (MNE) at a crucial point in its development.

MNE (see www.magneticnortheast.com) is an ambitious new Community Interest Company, established by Kathryn Tickell and Andrew Davison. Its purpose is to celebrate and promote the North East of England through its music, song, dance, heritage and culture. Initially it will do this through its online agency (where clients can hire a traditional musician, ceilidh band etc. or commission a new work); through Superfolkus, our youth folk ensemble; by organizing workshops, classes, concerts and ceilidhs; and by engaging with schools and community groups.

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MNE Grand Launch concert…
to Nov 13

MNE Grand Launch concert…

Was a great success. Thank you to all who came and enjoyed a wonderful night of NE culture, music, song and dance.

Save the date for next years event: November 10th 2017!

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Magnetic North East's Grand Launch Concert – with Kathryn Tickell and special guests
7:30 PM19:30

Magnetic North East's Grand Launch Concert – with Kathryn Tickell and special guests

Our OFFICIAL LAUNCH CONCERT is on November the 4th at the Sage Gateshead.

It will be a fantastic evening of music, song and dance with an unmistakably North East flavour.

Book your tickets now to see Kathryn Tickell, Alistair Anderson, our own youth ensemble Superfolkus (fresh from their triumphs at various summer festivals!) amazing rapper sword dancers The Kingsmen and many MANY more special guests.

There will be at least one WORLD PREMIERE as well - so don’t miss it!

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Our first release is available now!
to Nov 27

Our first release is available now!

Water of Tyne is a collections of traditional and contemporary songs based around the river Tyne. Lovingly curated by Kathryn Tickell, the CD features the smoky tones of Hannah Rickard (recently guesting with Status Quo!) The Unthanks, Jimmy Nail’s iconic ‘Big River’ song, sung by local legend Bob Fox (of War Horse) as well as our own youth group Superfolkus with a modern take on ‘Dance to Your Daddy’.
It’s a cracker!

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Here at Magnetic North East we are delighted to see our fabulous youth folk group SUPERFOLKUS booked for various concerts throughout the UK. Their debut gig is down at Kingsplace in London on April 29th, and they have various festival appearances this summer, but you can catch them here in the North East at the beginning of June.




Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH

For tickets please visit www.ushaw.org

(Please note tickets are not available until the beginning of May 2016)





Beaumont Street, Hexham NE46 3LS

Tel: 01434 652477

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It's Grim Up North
to Jul 30

It's Grim Up North

Fab new North East cards, exclusive to Magnetic North East!!

Please take a look at our gorgeous cards, and remember, there is free UK P&P on all of our cards so go on, stock up. They are all blank inside, so you can use them for any occasion – or frame them, they’re that good!

We have three brand new designs and more in the pipeline. 

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We're up and running!
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We're up and running!

Yes! We’re here on the world wide web at last. Please take a good look around our site and remember…there’s more to come! We have CDs, publications, concerts and workshops coming up over the next few months so please keep checking back to see what we’re up to.

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