Sat 5 September, 2–3:45pm
St. Mary’s Church, Holy Island
Tickets: £7/5 (£10 includes return coach from central Newcastle to Holy Island). Book here

Join us on Holy Island for the final concert of the Sound Strata tour, as well as a last opportunity to experience the exhibition presented in the unique acoustics of The Lookout Tower.

Each concert on the tour has been curated by Susan Stenger to relate to and expand upon the music, history and culture referenced in Sound Strata. With the help of a unique gathering of local and international folk musicians, this closing event goes beyond the boundaries of Northumberland to explore the close connections between the musical traditions of the North East and those that evolved in the Appalachian mountains.

Following a first half featuring sets by the Andy May Trio, Cath and Phil Tyler and Sam Gleaves, Stenger brings them all together to premiere a new work that combines elements of her Sound Strata installation with live performance, creating a new sonic geology of local traditions layered with tunes and tales from ’over the water’.

The Andy May Trio unites Northumbrian piper Andy May with Ian Stephenson (guitar) and Sophy Ball (fiddle) to perform high-energy instrumental folk inspired by the traditional music of their native Northumberland.

Newcastle-based Anglo-American duo Cath and Phil Tyler weave pure English folk with the stark sounds of primitive Americana using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle.

Virginia-born singer, multi-instrumentalist and folklorist Sam Gleaves performs innovative music rooted in the deep history of Appalachian ballads, coal-mining songs, dance tunes and storytelling. 

This concert has been timed to coincide with low tide. However, please do check the tide timetables before you travel.

For those travelling from Newcastle, we recommend taking the coach. Parking on Holy Island is likely to be limited, with traffic delays expected due to a large-scale event taking place the same day at Beal Farm (on the road between the A1 and the Holy Island causeway). If you do drive, please note that parking charges apply in the Holy Island car park. 

The coach departs Newcastle at 10:30 and arrives on Holy Island at 12:30. It departs Holy Island at 17:30 and arrives back in Newcastle at 19:00. This allows time to both attend the concert and see the installation.