Alnwick’s historic market place is set to be transformed into an open-air venue for around 200 people this Sunday for Alnwick Alive – a programme of free entertainment with a strong regional flavour and a Northumbrian focus. Local professionals, amateur artists, community groups, bands, choirs and dancers are set to deliver a range of performances, all with one goal: to promote traditional Northumbrian culture, but with a contemporary twist!
On the bill are some of the County’s most-loved acts, including mother and son duo, Carole and Jamie Robb; local community group, Riff Raff and headliners, The Baghdaddies, whose exuberant brand of world music is an exhilarating cocktail of Balkan melodies, ska, Latin grooves and sizzling brass – played with the band’s famous energy and theatrical humour.
Visitors will also be treated to a performance from two groups of drummers: Rhythm Stix – from the Pottergate Centre for adults with learning disabilities, in collaboration with the Shindiggers – who are from the North Star centre in Berwick. Both groups have been working hard over the past year to deliver a joint performance, and Alnwick Alive sees them drum together for the first time. But the groups’ trainer, Kirsty Balmbra has every faith they will be brilliant.