Tyneside Fiddle Alliance
The Tyneside Fiddle Alliance is a group of fiddle players who meet to play the music of North-East England. Our repertoire ranges from the local music of James Hill to wonderful recent compositions from further afield. We cater for players of all standards, from the beginner to the professional, although most of us are somewhere in between!
We operate an “open door” policy and welcome fiddlers of all abilities, promoting a friendly, inclusive atmosphere in which musicians build a shared repertoire of local tunes and explore traditions from further afield. With support from Gateshead council, the Tyneside Fiddle Alliance is housed in St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead and meets on the first and third Thursday of the month.
As a community group, fiddle players of all abilities are welcome to just drop in. Each meeting costs £6, payable on the night. Music is provided and we encourage participants to become familiar with the tunes and to play by ear. More accessible foundation lines as well as challenging harmony lines are used to engage players of all abilities.
The Fiddle Alliance is led by expert players and teachers from Bottle Bank Band including Stewart Hardy, Chloe Jones and David Jones, plus Ali Say, and we invite special guest tutors from time to time. We also encourage the playing of tunes in a session environment. On each third Thursday of the month we run a session after our meeting from around 8.45 to 10 pm where the music is explored in a relaxed, social gathering – a great introduction to sessions.
We strive to support traditional music in the north east and this often involves participating in the traditional music festivals throughout the year, either through entering group competitions or by performing in concerts. Our Annual Concert in November and our fundraising concert in June have also become key events in our calendar. However, no-one should feel they have to perform – it’s all just for fun!