Fun Night in the Cold
Steel Pan Bands may conjure up images of sun soaked Trinidad but the infectious rhythms of the Caribbean can warm up a cold November night in the pan yard in the Cheviot Hills. Steel Quake, a wonderful youth group started some years ago by Wendy Doyle of Sage Gateshead, rehearse each week in a shed in Wooler on the edge of the Northumberland National Park. On a chilly night woolly hats are essential!
A few years ago, as part of the celebrations to mark the opening of Sage Gateshead, Alistair Anderson, renowned Northumbrian musician and composer, created “It’s a Real Steal Reel” a short piece linking the music of Northumberland with the bright sounds of Steel Quake.
Anderson recently started the composition process for next year’s New Music Biennial performances which will feature a steel pan band drawn from young players from around the north, concertina, DJ and clog dancer. Here he is pictured with some of the youngsters from Steel Quake with the music keeping them all warm!