Trad on the Tyne, the Haddington festival run by Haddington Pipe Band, has finalized its programme for this year
31 August – 2 September
and we've got Gary West playing a central role - perfoming on the Friday evening with Wendy Stewart, running a smallpipes workshop on the Saturday, and then playing again on the Saturday evening in the headline show.
The Davy Steele tribute show, Steele the Show, is taking the lead as the
headline event and the hugely entertaining Daimh close the festival on the
Sunday. The full programme is on the festival website -
Steele the Show made a massive impact at last year’s Celtic Connections
and Davy’s widow Patsy Seddon has again put this event together. Taking
part in Haddington, in addition to Patsy herself, are Dick Gaughan,
Siobhan Miller, Gary West, Mary Macmaster, Peter Boond, Donald Hay, Kathy
Stewart, Davy and Patsy’s son Jamie, and many others.
The Celtic ‘supergroup’ Daimh are also performing. Twice nominated for
Scottish Folk Band of the Year at the Trad Awards, their driving,
exuberant playing has provided rich entertainment for audiences here and
The festival opens on the Friday evening with a ‘Music to Dine For’ event,
with a concert by Wendy Stewart (harp) and Gary West (pipes) – two of
Scotland’s finest performers playing on two of Scotland’s oldest
Performing on the Saturday will be fiddler Amy Geddes with her band, while
box ‘legend’ Bobby Colgan hosts an accordion concert featuring, among
others, Duncan Black, on the Sunday.
Siobhan Miller, Gary West and Wendy Stewart are all running workshops on,
respectively, singing, smallpipes and harp, and there will also be an Open
Stage on the Saturday. There are a number of come-and-try classes in
various instruments (even bell-ringing in St Mary’s Church), late-night
pub sessions will round off Friday and Saturday’s entertainment, and there’s
a host of family-led events, including storytelling.