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Join the Redheughers

The Redheughers are a friendly bunch and include fiddle, guitar, accordion, melodeon, concertina, flute and whistle players.  We are always pleased to welcome new musicians (sorry, no percussion).

We meet weekly to practice, with all band members given the chance to pick what they'd like to rehearse from our repertoire.  Practices are led by tutor Robin Dunn.

We offer opportunities for people with some musical ability to:-

  • Experience the discipline of playing together in a band
  • Develop skills and expertise in musical execution
  • Learn a wide repertoire of dance tunes, including jigs, reels, hornpipes, strathspeys, waltzes and two-steps
  • Play a variety of folk and traditional tunes in two and three part harmony, arranged specifically for the band by tutor Robin Dunn
  • Appreciate and understand local dance music and dancing
  • Perform regularly for public dances, private functions and in occasional concerts

If you are interested in joining the band please get in touch and tell us a bit about yourself.  We'll invite you to come along to one of our regular Tuesday evening practice sessions - we offer all prospective new members the opportunity to attend their first practice session without charge, so that you can come along and see if it's right for you.

We have amassed a large repertoire featuring an eclectic mixture of tunes.  We play tunes from around the UK - Northumbrian, Scottish and English tunes - as well as further afield.  Our repertoire features tunes from America & Canada, Cape Breton, Sweden and Brittany, as well as many of Robin Dunn's own compositions.

Here is a sample of one of the tunes we play, with "the dots" for you to try yourself and play along. This tune is by Newcastle fiddle player James Hill (1811 - 53).

wonder hornpipe score