Alistair Anderson

Alistair Anderson

UK; England, Northumbria

“He is a treat to watch… His involvement and delight in the music are infectious… Beautiful music, played with skill, taste and affection.”   fRoots

As a touring soloist, with no less than 37 tours of the USA, 5 trips to Australia and countless European tours to his credit, 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.

Anderson’s passionate belief that traditional music had an important place in contemporary society led him to find ways to excite a new generation of young musicians and draw them into playing, singing, dancing and making the tradition their own.  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.

The Daily Telegraph described his self-penned STEEL SKIES CD as follows: Anderson has achieved what many others have tried without success. He has composed work which, while remaining rooted deeply in the traditional music of his region of Britain, contains neither pastiche nor attempts to fuse irreconcilable elements. The melodic lines of songs without words give way to dance patterns enriched by unexpected harmonies and delightful combinations of instruments. It is a fluid living work, which will yield even more riches with successive performances.

“The pleasure comes chiefly from the excellence of the playing. The concertina emerges as a flexible and sensitive instrument; in the hands of a player of Anderson’s quality it is amazing what it can achieve.”  The Guardian

“He remains one of this country’s most majestic and inclusive instrumentalists   Colin Irwin. 


18th – 24th October 2024




Band, Solo



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