A CELEBRATION of song and dance will take place in Hexham this Saturday.

For the annual Hexham Gathering, which showcases contemporary and traditional folk music, will be framed by the backdrop of Hexham Abbey Grounds.

Presented by Queen’s Hall Arts and Folkworks, the bandstand will host performances from various North-East dance troupes, youth folk ensembles and ceilidh bands from 12pm on Saturday, May 25.

Highlights include the acoustic youth folk band based in Barnard Castle in Teesdale, the Cream Tees, regional dance troops the Stocksfield Stompers, and singer Andrew Adams.

With two successful albums and a growing national reputation, Sage Gateshead’s regional youth folk ensemble Folkestra have performed at numerous concerts and festivals across the country as well as residencies as far away as Chicago.

The Queen’s Hall arts centre will host the evening segment of the concert.

QHA’s Youth folk band Tam Lim will open the show with their mesmerising arrangements of traditional tunes.

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Niamh Boadle will also deliver her music across a diverse range of material, from traditional folk to her own self-penned compositions.

Headlining the night-time event, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening will return to the stage. Bringing some of the oldest Northumbrian tunes and songs to life, her unique style sees her combine them with new material and bring it all together with contemporary resonance and attitude.

Joining her on stage is an ensemble consisting of Callum Younger on percussion, Joe Truswell on drums, Kate Young on fiddle, Amy Thatcher on accordion, synths, voice, clog dancing and Kieran Szifris on octave mandolin.

For a full list of performers and times visit: https://www.queenshall.co.uk/events/hexham-gathering-2019