422 Ceilidh Band Coming to The Witham: the Best Band to Dance to in the Universe?

Press Release, 22 November 2015

A foot-stomping concert and ceilidh with the 422 Ceilidh Band will take place at The Witham on Friday 4th December at 7.30pm. Hailing from Tynedale, the 422 Ceilidh Band are Sophy Ball on fiddle, Joey Oliver on whistle and Ian Stephenson on guitar. Alistair Anderson, recognised master of the English concertina and a fine performer on the Northumbrian pipes, reckons they are “the best band to dance to in the UNIVERSE”!

422 Ceilidh Band performing at the “Rooted” concert.

The 422 Ceilidh Band performing at the “Rooted” concert at The Witham in November 2014.
(Photo by Paul Place, Riverlight Photography)

As a concert band, 422 are previous winners of the prestigious BBC Young Folk Award; nowadays they play mainly for dancing and are regulars on the circuit at festivals such as the ever-popular Whitby Folk Week.

As if that was not reason enough to put on your dancing shoes and pop on down to The Witham for the evening, Cream Tees, the Music at the Heart of Teesdale (M@HoT) project’s award-winning youth folk band, will also be performing. After their successful festival appearances this summer, these fine young musicians will be aiming to get the audience’s feet tapping with a lively opening set.

Last year Cream Tees premièred their own composition ‘Rooted – A Teesdale Suite’ at The Witham to much acclaim and sell-out success. The young musicians produced this suite in 2014 with their tutors – 422’s Ian Stephenson and Sophy Ball This year musicians and tutors will be reunited on stage—and dance floor!—for this one-off event which is sure to be a cracking evening of dance and music.

Cream Tees premiere their “Rooted” suite at The Witham, November 2014

Cream Tees, the Music at the Heart of Teesdale project’s award-winning youth folk band, performing the première of “Rooted—A Teesdale Suite” at The Witham in November, 2014.
(Photo by Paul Place, Riverlight Photography)

M@HoT have organised the event in conjunction with The Witham for its now traditional “end-of-year bash”. Tickets are priced at adult £8 for adults and £6 for concessions. To book, please visit: www.thewitham.org.uk, or phone 01833 631107, email info@thewitham.org.uk or just call in at The Witham on 3 Horsemarket in Barnard Castle.