The Witham, A Grand New Venue For The North East

The Witham in Barnard Castle, County Durham is a brand new venue in the North East who hold an official opening week, beginning this weekend featuring Warhorse's Bob Fox and the only North East appearance from McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle (Feb 24)

The Witham is a not-for-profit organisation operated by a registered charity, governed by a voluntary Board of Directors and supported by a large number of volunteers, which provides community, cultural and commercial activity in the centre of Barnard Castle in County Durham.

The venue is at the heart of community life in Barnard Castle, and we will ensure our facilities are available to community, social and other charitable groups as a backdrop for celebration, for participation and for people to gain new experiences and perspectives.

Live acts have been performing at The Witham over the last few months as the venue got established. We can now confirm that the venue will hold an official opening week of events starting in Sat 21st Feb with Warhorse songman Bob Fox and continuing over the next seven days with the other major highlight being McGoldrick, McCusker Doyle who play live on Feb 24th

Find out more about the fantastic new venue at www.thewitham.org.uk

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle

Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle three members of the BBC acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions will play (insert venue) as part of a unique European tour. With both Mike McGoldrick and John McCusker also having toured for the past year with Mark Knopfler, this is a rare chance to see three of the world's finest musicians share a stage together.

Master of flutes, whistles and Uillean pipes Mike is a founding member of Flook , and Lunasa and is a current member of Capercaillie. Regarded as one of the greatest flute players of all time, Mike has toured Bob Dylan and Mark Knopfler, as well as with The Afro Celts, RTE Orchestra and Kate Rusby . He has collaborated with the likes of Jim Kerr, Youssou N'Dour, John Cale and Zakir Hussian amongst many others. BBC Radio 2 folk Musican of the year 2006, he was again nominated this year and has just completed his first soundtrack for TG4 and the Smithsonian channel.

John McCusker's unique fiddle playing has earned him a worldwide reputation as one of the most gifted and versatile musicians of any genre. John was also part of the legendary band that toured with both Bob Dyland and mark Knopfler. Joining the Battlefield band at just 17 John spent 11 years touring the world with the now legendary folk outfit. Renowned for his skill at transcending musical boundaries he has worked with artists ranging from Paulo Nutini and Jools Holland to Steve Earle and Rosanne Cash and has recorded with Paul Weller and Ocean Colour Scene to name but a few.

John Doyle's gifts as guitarist, songwriter and vocalist have played an essential role in the ongoing renaissance of Irish traditional music. Now living in the states, John was the recent musical director for Joan Baez and toured with her for 2 year. One half of the stellar duo Liz Carroll and John Doyle, he is also a founding member of the internationally acclaimed Irish group Solas.

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