Welsh melody makers should be a real Highlight

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The sounds of the Welsh valleys will be echoing around Spittal when a celebrated group from the land of St David and Tom Jones arrive in town on Saturday.

Alaw is Welsh for ‘melody’ and it is a love of melody that is at the heart of this group of acoustic wizards who will play a tapestry of beautiful music from the Welsh folk dance tradition, the British Isles and further afield when their tour takes them to Berwick United Reform Church.

Alaw unites the talents of three exceptional musicians whose subtle interplay is a joy to watch.

Drawing on a wealth of experience, they take their audiences on a musical journey – a tune brought back from a tour in Bulgaria, or a collaboration in India – but at the heart of their set is a passion for the old tunes of Wales. From sublime slow airs to dazzling dance tunes and storming songs, Alaw promise a performance of joyful and life affirming music.

Alaw comprises Oli Wilson-Dickson (fiddle/ vocal), Dylan Fowler (guitar & mando cello) and Jamie Smith (accordion /vocal).

Their empathy and playful repartee comes from many years of working together. Dylan and Oli have performed in Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra and Oli and Jamie are well known throughout the folk world as the frontline of Jamie Smith’s Mabon.

They have a big fan in the shape of Radio 2 presenter Mike Harding who labelled them ‘a top band led by one hell of an accordion player.

Playing music from their new self titled album launched in the autumn 2013, Alaw arrive in Spittal as part of the Highlights touring scheme which has brought a wide variety of acts to north Northumberland in recent months.

Alaw’s appearance is the last concert of the current season, with just a craft tour left in the diary for June.

Tickets for Alaw’s 7.30pm show are priced £7.50 adults, £3 children and are available from 07752 403 409 or online at www.highlightsnorth.co.uk.