The Warkworth Concerts

Alistair Anderson

Saturday August 21st at 20:00

(Doors and a bar open at 19:30)

Alistair Anderson

[This event is subject to the lifting of Covid restrictions. Given these uncertain times, all tickets (£10) should be booked directly with Peter Burnham, preferably by email to . Alternatively telephone him on 01665 711388.]

As a touring soloist, with no less than 37 tours of the USA, 5 trips to Australia and countless European tours to his credit, Alistair is internationally acknowledged as the master of the English Concertina and a fine exponent of the Northumbrian Pipes. He delights audiences with traditional music from Northumberland and beyond, as well as his own compositions.

He has collaborated with a variety of musicians from across the world and been an inspiration to the next generation through his work with Folkworks and The Sage Gateshead where he continued as its Artistic Director until 2008. Working with Newcastle University, Anderson developed England‘s first degree course in folk and traditional music launched in Sept 2001.

Although working with others allowed increased scope for his composing and arranging skills, Anderson is still best known as a soloist and we are delighted to have him kick-start the Memorial Hall music concerts.

‘What allows Anderson to be highly entertaining without seeming too much the showman is his complete mastery of the subtle, complex, frequently brilliant music he plays. The audience loved it.’ Santa Barbara News, California.

‘He is a treat to watch... His involvement and delight in the music are infectious... Beautiful music, played with skill, taste and affection.’ fRoots

‘The pleasure comes chiefly from the excellence of the playing. The concertina emerges as a flexible and sensitive instrument; in the hands of a player of Anderson‘s quality it is amazing what it can achieve.’ The Guardian

‘He remains one of this country‘s most majestic and inclusive instrumentalists’ Colin Irwin, fROOTS, March 2010

Future Concerts

We have several under discussion at the moment. Details will be available once they are firmed up.
  • December 11th: Ragtime Rewind

Previous Concerts

[Photos of some events available here.]

  • Geordie Night 14/3/20 with Stu Luckley, Barrie & Ingrid Temple, Jim Mageean and Paul Knox
  • Jazz and Blues 29/2/20 with Brian Arthur, The Magic Slate Band, Mad Hattie & the Eclectic Guitarist
  • Misspent Uke 25/10/19.
  • Sandra Kerr & John Faulkner 22/10/19.

The Occasional Music Club

A more informal setting where attendees will be welcome to take part with a song or a tune. We will not be using the stage or PA on these evenings. There will normally be two extended sets by featured guests. Starts at 20:00, with doors opening at 19:30. Tickets on the door are normally £5. There is no bar, please bring your own refreshments and glasses.
  • To be arranged.


Warkworth Northumbrian Ceilidhs

Come along for an evening of dance, song and recitations with Reel Northumbria, Caller: Elaine Carter.

Starts at 19:30, with doors opening at 19:00. Tickets on the door are normally £5. There is no bar, please bring your own refreshments and glasses.

  • To be arranged.

Where Are We

Warkworth Memorial Hall, 40 Castle Street, Warkworth, Northumberland, NE65 0UN. See Warkworth Memorial Hall website for directions.

Mailings for Future Events

A mailing list has been set up to inform people of future events. If you wish to be added, please email a request to Peter Burnham.

For further details of any of the above contact: Peter Burnham, Email: , Tel: 01665 711388.