Catch The Sparrow / Heather Ferrier (co-headliner)

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Catch The Sparrow / Heather Ferrier (co-headliner)
In 2020, Dutch singer-songwriter Catch The Sparrow moved countries in the middle of a global pandemic to pursue her love for folk and traditional music in Newcastle upon Tyne. Amidst loss, loneliness and heartbreak she rediscovered her voice and musical ambitions, building up a repertoire of thoughtful, delicate songs that showcase a deep understanding of, and passion for, the traditional material she took inspiration from. Soaring melodies and rich harmonies are paired with intricate lyrics, in which her inquisitive spirit shines through.

After only two years in the UK, she's already started to make waves: shortly after finishing her master's degree at Newcastle University she saw her song Winnowing chosen as one of the highly recommended entries of 2021's Tune Into Nature Music Prize, and in April 2022 she was selected as one of ten emerging female composers invited to write for Issie Barratt's jazz ensemble INTERCHANGE.

Her upcoming EP Winter Flowers was conceived in the last months of 2020, with Brexit approaching and another lockdown looming in the distance. Long, wintry rambles through town, a deep dive into the North East's history, and a chance encounter with the Northumbrian small-pipes, culminated in a set of five original tracks that reflect the ever-present gloom and uncertainty without losing its glimmer of hope. Tasteful contributions from local talents like Andy May and Ceitidh Mac let the songs shine in all their pure simplicity.

On Winter Flowers, a personal love letter to her new hometown, Catch The Sparrow proves that even the greatest misfortunes cant harden a tender heart.


Heather Ferrier is an accordionist, clog dancer and composer from Stockport. Now based in the North East, 2022 has seen Heather release her debut solo concept EP From the Ashes. This EP, which is an insight into life into the first Covid-19 lockdown, intertwines virtuosic alt-accordion composition with lush electronic soundscapes. Through its powerful, folk-influenced melodies and bold, contemporary arrangements, the four-part EP explores the emotional processes we undergo during times of uncertainty. The EP has been favourably reviewed, as well as being played on BBC radio Newcastle and other grassroot radio stations. As well as her solo work, Heather also plays as part of RNN; alongside Callum Younger on Bodhran. The pair have just been in the studio to record their 2nd release, after their first album HOPE was released in 2021. She is also playing alongside BBC radio 2 young folk award finalist Jon Doran, and piper and whistle player Jordan Aikin as Jon Doran and the Northern Assembly.

This will be unlike anything youve heard in a long time in the rotating colours it creates, like an auditory ferris wheel Youll find yourself snap out of a trance and applaud - NARC magazine

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