Allen Valleys Folk Festival Programme Launch

This year’s Folk Festival programme launch takes place on Saturday April 29th and features acoustic sets from Horovod and Birlinn Jiarg in St Cuthberts Church, Allendale. It’s a good opportunity to hear some great music and find about our plans for the main festival later in the year. Horovod is an ensemble which performs arrangements of traditional music from the Balkans, Turkey and Greece. With clarinet, accordion and fiddle, they create a rich blend of melody and harmony which is complemented by the driving percussive sounds of tapan, darbuka and bouzouki. Expect to hear frantic Bulgarian dance rhythms, meditative melodic improvisations, stomping klezmer freilachs and everything in between. Birlinn Jiarg was brought together by multi-instrumentalist Beccy Hurst to perform traditional Manx music. Having performed with various Manx bands and dance teams over the years, Beccy moved to England to study on the Folk Degree at Newcastle University. At the centre of Birlinn Jiarg’s sound is the combination of Beccy’s whistle and concertina playing and the clarinet and flute of Freya Rae. The unusual combination of low whistle and clarinet was what originally inspired the band’s formation and sets Birlinn Jiarg’s sound apart from more traditional line-ups. Take a look at their Facebook pages to hear the great variety you can expect from these talented musicians.
Tickets (£12) are on sale from Allendale Post Office, Co-op and online at –
Advanced Early Bird Tickets for the main festival (Sept 29th to Oct 1st) are available from the same local outlets or online at
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