The Atkinson hosts the first Southport Fiddle Festival This November

The Atkinson hosts the first Southport Fiddle Festival This November

Join us for a celebration of the learning, teaching, dancing and music of the fiddle and string section. With showcases from Lakeland Fiddlers, Palentine Fiddlers, Southport Strings and Brook Hall Fiddlers in the Foyer taking place from 12pm – 3pm.

This year our headlining events include a Ceilidh with Gallimaufry and a finale gig with Welsh folk group Calan!

Calan breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs

Emma Lloyd from The Atkinson said:

“This festival is about working with the community and working with hugely talented musicians to showcase the string section. Southport has always had a reputation for folk and fiddle music and we want this to continue with new people learning the instrument and seeing what incredible music it delivers.”

Throughout Saturday there are a number of workshops run by experts in their field including Carolyn Francis, Julian Taylor, Sarah Marks and Calan themselves. Workshop tickets are £6 each or get all four £20 when using the code SFF20.

Blazin’ Fiddles perform on Thursday 17 November as a Southport Fiddle Festival Fringe event. The band is one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Over the last 17 years, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once.

With a Blazers performance comes the rare opportunity to hear the regional expressions, from Scotland’s Highlands and islands, and the individual style from each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Fiddles and bows come alight atop guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all.

“bursting with joie de vivre and personality” – Songlines

“an ensemble of class and distinction” – Fatea

Tickets for the Ceilidh with Gallimaufry are £8 / £6 concessions, while Calan tickets are £12 (£10 concessions / £8 for local fiddle group members*). Blazin’Fiddle tickets are £15. But receive 20% off your total price if you book for both Calan and Blazin’ Fiddles.

To book your tickets or for further information about the events please visit or call the Box Office on 01704 533 333.





For interviews, photos or more information please contact Emma Lloyd: / 0151 934 219


*proof of purchase required


Ceilidh with Gallimaufry

Friday 11 November


£8 (£6 concessions)


Saturday 12 November

11am – 11.45am – Full Fiddle Warm Up! | Gallery (Free)

12pm – 1pm – Lancashire Tunes with Julian Taylor | Theatre (£6)

12pm – 12.45pm – Southport String Ensemble with Sarah Marks | Foyer ( Showcase )

1pm – 1.45pm – Share a Tune! | Studio (£6)

1pm – 1.45pm – Lakeland fiddlers with Carolyn Francis | Foyer (Showcase)

1pm – 3pm – Southport Folk Dance Club: Beginners Session | Children’s

Library (Free)

2pm – 3pm – Tunes from Cumbria with Carolyn Francis | Studio (£6)

2pm – 2.45pm – Palantine Fiddlers with Julian Taylor | Foyer  (Showcase)

3.30pm – 4.30pm – Calan Workshop | Studio (£6)



Saturday 12 November


£12 (£10 concessions / £8 local fiddle group members*)

*Proof will be required


Blazin’ Fiddles

Thursday 17 November




Get all four workshops for £20 when using the code SFF20.

Receive 20% off your ticket price if you buy both Calan and Blazin’ Fiddle Tickets.


*Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and

a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office



About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


The new Museum is now open. Sefton Between Land & Sea tells the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. While Discover Ancient Egypt – the new Egyptology Gallery is the home of the  Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not been seen for over 40 years.


Posted on 4 November 2016 under General news

Share your comments