Being unable to perform live at this years festival has not stopped our performers...we still have a series of video's to share that will offer a flavour of what we had programmed.
In 2018 and 2019 swing dancers from Northumberland and from Lindy Jazz (the group who feature in the BBC1 Swing Dance ‘ident’ shown before many programmes) joined forces at Belford Arts Festival to take you back to the 20s, 30s and 40s, dancing to favourite swing tunes.
This year, 37 dancers from Lindy Jazz and six dogs bring you a special lockdown routine, the Down Home Shim Sham. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_a433yCAN8
Lindy Jazz offers friendly weekly swing dance classes for beginners and intermediate dancers and Swingfit dance fitness classes for the young at heart. Normally swing dance classes are held in Newcastle and Durham, with Swingfit classes available far and wide in the North East and beyond, but right now you can learn to swing dance or take a Swingfit class from the comfort of your own home. https://www.lindy-jazz.co.uk/
KEVI Steel Band
Established in 2006 at King Edward V1 School, Morpeth, KEVI STEEL has grown considerably and has performed far and wide in venues across Northumberland, the North East of England including Hall 1 Sage Gateshead and in Europe. The band has taken part in competitions, festivals and overseas tours to Assisi 2014, Salzburg 2016 and Barcelona 2018. It regularly performs at public and private events across the North East of England. The band runs four classes a week including a community band for adults. Last year KEVI Steel closed the Festival with a rousing steel band set which could be heard all across Belford. In lockdown, they entertain you with a preview of their new CD, Phenomenal. Spot the photos of them in Belford Market Place!
CD available £5
Contact: or www.facebook.com/kevisteelband
Hillbilly Line Dancers
The Hillbilly Line Dancers are fun friendly people who meet locally, led by Ben Robson. It’s a great way to keep fit and socialise. In 2019 they entertained the Arts Festival crowd in the marketplace. Watch them dancing here – and maybe dance along in your living room!
Rachel is a young, energetic saxophonist based in Northumberland. Available to play at weddings, parties and events of any kind. The song (shown in the video above) is Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, with harmonies and counter-melodies taken from the Pentatonix arrangement. Filmed next to Dunstanburgh Castle on the stunning Northumberland coastline (visit when it is safe to do so!!).
You can contact her via email: , or find her on Facebook and Instagram at @rachelstephensonsax.
An English/Welsh Duo making lively Celtic Dance music and song.
The Greycatz have been playing together since 1988 when we met one dark and wet night and have never looked back. Writing our own material and adapting traditional tunes and songs to our unique style of playing.