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Johnny Handle & Chris Hendry
March 29, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Missionary of the Geordie speaking peoples and Fife balladier.
For over fifty years, Johnny Handle has been a major part of the British folk music scene. His compositions ranging from poignant mining songs like “Farewell To the Monty” to the hilarious Geordie favourite “Stottin Doon the Waall” sit comfortably alongside those of Joe Wilson, Tommy Armstrong and Geordie Ridley and guarantee his place in North East folklore for generations to come.
Chris Hendry is a Scottish singer who learnt many of her songs first hand from singers such as Jeannie Robertson, Norman Kennedy and the Stewart family. As a teenager in the early 1960s she became part of the Fife folk club scene. Later moving to North East England to study and teach, Chris joined the team of residents at the prestigious Folksong and Ballad Club Newcastle. Chris has a wide repertoire of material from the old ballads to farming and industrial songs.
Chris and Johnny appear together regularly both at home on Tyneside, and other parts of Britain. You can hear them in full and varied performance at their favourite week long festival at Whitby in Yorkshire during August. Their exciting blend of music and song appeals to all audiences, presenting a display of our rich heritage.