The Andy May Trio are three award-winning musicians from Newcastle – Northumbrian piper Andy May (Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Baltic Crossing), guitarist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing) and fiddler Sophy Ball (422, Bottle Bank Band); they’re known for playing high energy instrumental folk, inspired by the music of their native North East.
Andy (Northumbrian Small Pipes), Ian (guitar) and Sophy (fiddle) are all popular tutors in their specialist instrument here at Halsway (and elsewhere).
This time though they’re here to lead a weekend for players of all instruments (pipes in G, other keys – please check) of an intermediate level and above, to explore NE repertoire in large and small mixed instrument groups, with some specific guitar / NSP / fiddle technique thrown in. Plus a tutors’ gig on Saturday night and some informal sessions in the bar!
You can download the programme here.
Who’s it For?
Players of an intermediate level and above. All instruments, including pipes in G.
A typical performance from the Andy May Trio might include traditional tunes from Northumberland, newly-composed material by all members of the band and an introduction to the pipes, all delivered with a warmth and humour which is sure to draw in both folk aficionados and newcomers alike for a dazzling show filled with virtuosity and energy.
All three members are also experienced teachers and workshop leaders. Andy and Ian both teach on the folk music degree course at Newcastle University, Sophy is a professional folk music teacher throughout Northumberland, and Ian was Director of this year’s Folkworks Summer School in Durham.
There’s a certain connection only heard between musicians after many years’ playing together; after more than a decade’s music making together in various guises the tight interplay and sense of fun between these three friends is sure to delight.