Highlights tours set to shine

The New Budapest Cafe Orchestra will be bringing their blend of gypsy jazz and eastern European rhythms to the BURC, Spittal, at the end of January.
The New Budapest Cafe Orchestra will be bringing their blend of gypsy jazz and eastern European rhythms to the BURC, Spittal, at the end of January.

The Highlights Touring Scheme has announced a new season of shows touring village venues between January and May 2015.

Working In partnership with the scheme, a network of rural promoters will be bringing some of the best small scale touring productions from national and international companies into their village – offering local audiences a ‘good night out on their doorstep’ at venues including the BURC (formerly St Pauls Church) in Spittal, and the Cheviot Centre, Wooler.

The New Budapest Cafe Orchestra will showcase their range of driving folk-based music from the Balkans and Eastern Europe. This exceptional group of musicians will mix their violins and guitars with accordion, saz and balalaika

The quartet play the BURC, Spittal, on Friday January 30, from 7.30pm. Tickets are £7.50, with children £4 and Family bookings £20. To book call 07752403409.

Meanwhile the Cheviot Centre, Wooler, is hosting two events.

On Saturday February 21, comedic musicians Bowjangles will be performing a night of superb, multidimensional entertainment with their TV parody On the Box!

The troupe combines virtuoso string performances with comedy in a show described as “action packed, gold medal fun”.

The show starts at 7.30pm, with tickets costing £8, concession £7.

For bookings call 01668 282 406 or go online at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

And on Saturday May 16, also at 7.30pm, the Cheviot Centre plays host to a highlight of the scheme’s Canadian season, Melody Johnson’s show ‘Miss Caledonia’.

Set in 1955 and based on a true story, ‘Miss Caledonia’ looks back at a young, optimistic farm gal and her dreams of escaping her rural Ontario life by winning the local pageant as a first step to becoming a movie star. Performed by Canadian comedy award winner, Melody Johnson to a live fiddle score, tickets cost £8 with concessions £7.

For booking information on the Wooler shows phone 01668 282 406. To find out more about the Highlights scheme, visit www.highlightsnorth.co.uk.