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BEYOND THE MOOR
FESTIVAL

Saturday 24 September 2022, 1pm - 11pm.

 

BUY TICKETS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

Early bird tickets £25
(on sale Friday 8 July 2022 at 12pm and end at 12pm on Friday 12 August 2022.) 
Full price tickets £35
(on sale at 12pm on Friday 12 August 2022.)
GCT Members get £10 off full price tickets. GCT Membership is free and you can sign up here.

 

Workshop with Tim Dalling, 10am - 12pm, £10

A two hour session of writing exercises and singing games aimed at freeing yourself up and exploring various ways of generating song ideas. Open to all, whatever your level of experience

14 years +, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Seated or Standing? The main auditorium will be mainly standing but with limited seating around the edges and front of the room. There will also be seating throughout the rest of the venue and outside that people can use in between acts to take a break. sets from artists will be between 30 mins and 75 mins with intervals in between. You can buy a standing or seated ticket, however we recommend only buying a seated ticket if you or someone in your party has mobility issues, an access requirement, or is unable to stand for 30-60 minutes at a time.

 

Personal portable/travel furniture or seating, except wheelchairs or mobility aids, is not permitted in the venue.

Beyond the Moor is Newcastle’s latest music festival. The inaugural day-long event takes place at Gosforth Civic Theatre on 24 September 2022 and will showcase the best in local and national artists playing contemporary, alternative and traditional folk and roots music.

The seven artist line up will begin from 1pm and continue to 11pm and will be accompanied by street food outside and GCT’s bar serving all day to keep ticket buyers refreshed throughout. Tim Dalling will also be doing a two-hour WORKSHOP of writing exercises and singing games aimed at freeing yourself up and exploring various ways of generating song ideas. It will be open to all but ticketed separately. 

Newcastle and the North East’s folk scene is strong and vibrant and Beyond the Moor seeks to harness this by pairing it with genuine world class touring bands. Gosforth Civic Theatre’s folk club gigs have seen an increase in popularity and there’s a tangible thirst for more platforms for contemporary folk and roots music in the region. 

Kari Macleod and Bernard Wright, who have led on the Beyond the Moor programme, said: “We were conscious that there’s a highly regarded folk and traditional music degree in Newcastle but there is currently no festival of this kind happening in the city right now. We wanted to create an opportunity for people to see some of the best and most exciting artists, both regionally and nationally, under one roof as a celebration all forms of traditional and roots music; with the hope to inspire the next generation of musicians and audiences.”
 

THE LINE UP

Flook

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

Withered Hand

Holly and the Reivers

Ryan Young and David Foley

Amy Thatcher & Francesca Knowles

Tim Dalling

 

Street food and stage times to be confirmed.

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Flook

Flook were shortlisted for Best Folk Group in Ireland’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2019 Ancora was nominated as Best Album in BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019.

 

Taking inspiration from their roots in the Irish and English traditions, Flook have an enviable trademark sound, weaving and spinning traditionally rooted tunes over precise acoustic grooves, with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination. There is certainly no shortage of virtuosity amongst the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this band stems from the wholly intuitive, almost symbiotic, exchange between the various flutes, frets and skins.

 

More than twenty five years after their first gig together, Flook continue to inspire and enchant audiences of all ages. Their most recent album ‘Ancora', released in 2019 to critical acclaim and nominated for BBC Folk Album of the year, clearly demonstrates that, with their roots firmly anchored in the tradition, Flook still hold fast to their reputation as major musical innovators.

 

Brian Finnegan - whistles and flutes

Sarah Allen - flutes and accordion

Ed Boyd - guitar

John Joe Kelly – bodhrán

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Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

“Quite breathtakingly beautiful.” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2. 

 

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs across the country. They met in December 1995, and formed the duo and life partnership that has become the backbone of their professional career in music ever since.

 

They won the inaugural Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2000, and were also the first ever recipients of the “Best Duo” Award, which they won in 2003, and again in 2011. They are one of only two acts ever to receive this honour twice (along with Spiers and Boden). 

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Withered Hand (solo)

“The UK’s best lyricist” – King Creosote


“Killer melodies … wobbly folk grooves … tunes full of warm, woozy sing-song charm”
– Rolling Stone

 

Withered Hand is Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter Dan Willson, who started writing songs and singing in his thirties following the birth of his first child and the death of a close friend. Alongside activity with his band, Dan is a well-travelled solo musician with a cult following since the release of his debut ‘Good News’ in 2009. The release of a strident second album ‘New Gods’ in 2014 propelled Withered Hand into the charts, featuring appearances by friends, luminaries and supporters from the Scottish music scene, from Belle & Sebastian to Frightened Rabbit to The Vaselines and beyond. During the pandemic Dan rediscovered his song-writing muse, writing a collaborative album with Mercury-nominated English songwriter Kathryn Williams and in early 2022 Dan and band began recording a long-awaited third LP of material under the name Withered Hand.

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Holly and
the Reivers

Holly and The Reivers, a band brought together through their love of singing together and telling old stories to their audiences.

Bertie Armstrong, Merle Harbron and Holly Clarke create a musical setting for their songs by combining the musical styles of Old time banjo, Scottish fiddle and the Ballad singing, as well as bringing forth their own compositions that have been deeply influenced by these traditions.

the intricate melodies and words they have woven together shine through with their soaring three part harmonies and driving instrumental pieces.

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Ryan Young & David Foley

“…a force of nature” ***** (5 STARS) The Scotsman

 

Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music, receiving international praise for his spell-binding interpretations on the fiddle. 

Focussing on traditional Scottish music, Ryan brings new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way. His fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision. His sound is very distinctive and takes the listener on an emotional and adventurous journey in any performance.

Ryan holds both a first class honours and a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, was twice a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, and twice a finalist in the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of The Year. He was awarded ‘Up And Coming Artist Of The Year’ at the Scots Trad Awards in 2017, nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 and awarded Folking.com's Musician Of The Year title, also in 2018.

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Amy Thatcher & Francesca Knowles

“Together, they have a mesmerising energy that will be great to witness live" - Folk Radio UK

 

Brand new accordion and percussion duo from Newcastle, Thatcher and Knowles defy the preconceptions of what their instruments can do, breaking with tradition while tactfully adopting it as a foundation for playful experimentation. Their live show is one of both raucous energy and sympathetic intensity, incorporating drums, synths, keys and vocals into an unapologetic brew of colourful and creative composition. Watch out for the release of their debut album and catch them live this autumn.

Tim Dalling

"Tim Dalling is that most remarkable of humans, a person prepared to bare his soul to a room full of strangers. That soul is often funny, occasionally heart-breakingly beautiful but always genuine and deeply affecting. His performance at Lau-Land stands out, in a weekend of incredible gigs as one of the best shows I've seen anywhere ever. Life-affirming, moving and impossible to resist, Dalling is a world class songwriter and performer. Carrying the baton from Michael Marra and Ivor Cutler on one side and all the pinpoint emotional control of Paul Simon or John Martin on the other, he is not to be missed. Tim is actually the best, and I've done my research."

Martin Green, Lau

 

Tim Dalling uses his funky piano accordion to accompany songs of poetry, love, animals and drink. Tim was the former kilted fall guy in comedy folk trio The Old Rope String Band and he is still right there at the cutting edge of 21st century Music Hall. He was recently described as a cross between Led Zeppelin and Ivor Cutler.

VISITING US

 

​YOUR JOURNEY & PARKING

Gosforth Civic Theatre is right next to (literally 2 minutes walk from) Regent Centre Metro Station and Bus Interchange, which means we're on a host of major transport links including Tyne & Wear Metro, Arriva, Stagecoach and Go North East bus services and via car from Great North Road. Please visit our YOUR VISIT section of our website to find directions and the best way to arrive at GCT.

We have a small, free car park but this will be very busy and part reserved for artists and food traders over the weekend, so it's best to avoid planning on parking directly at the venue. Please keep this in mind if you're driving over; we detail alternative parking on our YOUR VISIT page so check it out!

​ACCESSIBILITY

We are a fully accessible venue; all entrances are wheelchair accessible and automatic, there is an accessible toilet on the premises and each area of the building is on one level. Please let us know if you have any questions about access and find out how we can assist.

Carer’s go free, limited to one carer’s ticket per booking – order directly from the venue.

Ticket buyers can inform Gosforth Civic Theatre of any access requirements in the checkout for tickets or by emailing info@gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.

 

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