New Music Biennial 2014
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anderson-alistairAlistair Anderson

Panning For Gold


Alistair Anderson, concertina
Wendy Doyle, steel pan
Laura Connolly, clogs
Adam Cogdon, DJ/decks
Steel Quake - Steel Pan ensemble of Sage Gateshead

This is a unique musical collaboration between one of the UK’s most talented steel Pan musicians, one of the most respected composer/musicians in the traditional music field, a DJ, clog dancer and youth steel bands drawn from across the North East.

‘I have always loved the joyful dynamic sound of steel pan bands. Working with Wendy Doyle and Steel Quake, the wonderful young band from rural Northumberland, gave me a real insight into their musical potential and the opportunity to explore whole new soundscapes.’ Alistair Anderson

‘Being part of New Music Biennial allows this unique collaboration between our young Steel Pannists, led by the hugely talented Wendy Doyle, and North East traditional music via the composer Alistair Anderson to develop further and will engage the artists in the whole musical process in ways which they will find both challenging and uplifting. The Sage Gateshead



About Alistair Anderson

As a touring soloist, 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.

He has collaborated with jazz musicians and wrote for a mixed ensemble of Northumbrian and Moravian musicians and spent October 2010 touring South Africa with traditional Xhosa musicians, singers and dancers. The success of his varied performance and composing work grows out of his deep understanding of traditional music balanced with an adventurous sense of its constantly changing nature and creative potential.


Sage Gateshead

About Sage Gateshead

Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England. As a home for music and musical discovery, Sage Gateshead offers both performance and participation projects.



The press says:

Panning for Gold by Alistair Anderson, […] featuring a steel band, clog dance and concertina, proved so charming and uplifting it made you want to dance.’ The Observer



PanningforgoldBBC Radio 3

The performance of 'Panning for Gold' was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 between 7 and 13 July 2014 and is available as a download in MP3 and FLAC formats here from 4 August 2014.



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