Ranters show will have a strong American presence

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There’ll be the chance to sample some fine trans-Atlantic talent on Saturday when Northumbria Ranters are joined by Vermont Young Traditions for a special concert at The Maltings.

The Ranters, which has a membership of 42 students from Northumberlan including a number from the Berwick area, has gone from strength to strength, under the direction of Richard Johnstone, who has taken the group to USA, Ireland, Derbyshire, Scotland, the Shetland Islands and in 2012 to the Féile Lorrais International Folk Arts Festival in Southern Ireland.

The youngsters play everything from piano to cello, flute, harp and of course the Northumbrian fiddle so the musicianship of their Vermont visitors should be the perfect complement.

The concert is the first trip overseas for the 18 strong young collective of 13-18 year olds who performs a variety of music and dance from a variety of traditions, including New England, Quebec, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, Old Time, and Sacred Harp, as well as original tunes and songs composed by its members and teachers.

They are returning the favour to the Ranters after a party of Ranters , including Berwickshire High pupil and award-winning musician Madeline Cawthorne, went over to America last year.

The Young Traditions left Montreal on Easter Sunday to fly into Newcastle.

They will also be joined on Saturday’s bill by some even younger performers from Holy Trinity, Tweedmouth West and Prior Park schools who will be involved in a workshop at The Maltings earlier on in the day.

The Berwick youngsters will have the honour of opening the concert together with the Northumbrian Ranters and Vermont Young Traditions before the Ranters take the rest of the first half with a varied programme.

The Young Traditions will then get their chance to shine in the second.

Tickets for the 7pm show are priced £7 adults, £5 concessions.