Alistair Anderson is internationally acknowledged as the master of the English Concertina and a fine exponent of the Northumbrian Pipes. He delights audiences with traditional music from Northumberland and beyond, as well as his own music, which has grown out of his love of these traditions.
He founded Folkworks an organisation that helped to change the face of folk music, with large numbers of young people discovering traditional music, song and dance through their summer schools, workshops and education projects.
Folkworks became one of the two founding partners of The Sage Gateshead and Anderson continued as its Artistic Director until 2008.
Working with the Music Department of Newcastle University, Anderson developed England’s first degree course in folk and traditional music launched in Sept 2001.
Alistair is equally renowned for his collaborations as much as his solo work, and his partnership with Dan Walsh has been described as stunning.
Nominated for best musician at last year’s BBC Folk Awards and touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as ‘the real deal’ (UNCUT). Dan Walsh and Will Pound played at the Furness Tradition Festival in 2011 and Dan returned to Ulverston in May 2016 to play an excellent solo concert.