English Fiddle Symposium

Presented by Folkworks, Sage Gateshead and Newcastle University and co-directed by Eliza Carthy and Catriona Macdonald

Northern Rock Foundation Hall

Day One of Two. The English Fiddle Symposium is open to everyone.

The English Fiddle Symposium aims to bring together a wide range of expertise, thinking and performance, to discover the ‘state of the nation’ for the fiddle in traditional English music.

Two days of discussions and performances with leading fiddle players and academics aim to document and provide a meeting place for further dialogue about regional styles, repertoire, belonging and mediation of traditional English music.

A wide range of practitioners and academics have expressed interest at presenting papers and leading discussions. Dr Alan Jabbour will give the keynote speech on Friday.

Presenters include Geoff Bowen (Yorkshire Dales Workshop), Dr Vic Gammon (Newcastle University), Bryony Griffith, Gina le Faux, Stephen Rees (Bangor University), Conor Caldwell (Queen’s University Belfast), Tom Kitching, Dermot McLaughlin, Jon Boden, Becki Driscoll, Nick Wyke and Paul Wilson (Wren Music), Nancy Kerr, Carolyn Francis, John Dipper, Dr Steph Carter & Dr Kirsten Gibson (Newcastle University), Emma Nixon, Elaine Bradtke (University of Aberdeen).

Each day will include an on-stage ‘In Conversation’ interviews:

Thursday: Dr Vic Gammon will talk to Dr Reg Hall
Friday; Eliza Carthy will talk to Dave Swarbrick.

and lunchtime recitals:
Thursday with Jon Boden and Eliza Carthy
Friday with Tom Kitching

Download the English Fiddle Symposium for the full programme

English Fiddle Symposium – Concourse Performances

Day Two – Friday 1st May, 2015. 9am


Fiddles On Fire 2015: Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd May 2015

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