Andy and Margaret Watchorn

Northumbrian Smallpipes and Fiddle

Northumbrian Smallpipes and Fiddle

Andy and Margaret have many years experience of playing the pipes and fiddle for weddings, corporate and civil functions, private parties and also concerts and festivals.

They perform regularly throughout Northumberland, the North East and other parts of the UK and Europe.

“These are seriously good players”  –  Adrian Banham – Musical Traditions.


From private parties at home to corporate events and heritage based activities,  Andy and Margaret can provide a wide range of traditional music and song to enhance any occasion.


Whatever the venue, and whether your wedding is small and intimate or large and grand, the sweet and evocative sound of the smallpipes and fiddle will create a unique atmosphere for your day.


Andy and Margaret have recorded two CDs of their music so far and feature on several other compilations.
You can hear samples and check the track listings here.


Margaret has produced a book of 52 tunes with harmonies for pipes and other melody instruments. You can see sample pages here.  Tunes can also be commissioned and written especially for you.

Latest News

18th July 2024
WEll what a great turnout tonight on Holy Island….huge thanks to you all for coming along. What a great audience you were! And many thanks to Sue and Jeanette for their help in running the event. Next week, we’re back in the Pavilion in Bamburgh. Hope to see lots of you there and just to remind you that there is limited parking right in front of the Pavilion and there will be a bar at this one. Doors open at 6.45pm.
Some lovely feedback again…..including:
Music in motion – pure joy! Thanks
Wonderful. Have never experienced the Northumbrian pipes before. This was a great appetite whetter!
Thoroughly enjoyed all the music.
– An absolute delight! Thank you!
– Blown away…loved the sound of the pipes and the richness of the music. The Swedish Nychelharpa – amazing! Loved the singalong and the stories.
– Wonderful as always! Dance energy! Love the local, personal and historical context.

11th July2024
Thanks to you all for turning up tonight at Craster for our gig in the Memorial Hall. You were fantastic and so enthusiastic in joining in with the songs! And thanks to those of you who helped to stack chairs away at the end. Such a great help! Now looking forward to next Thursday – 18th July, when we play in the Crossman Hall on Holy Island again. The causeway crossing times give plenty of time for you to go over to the island well before the concert and plenty of time to return to the mainland after it finishes. Look forward to seeing lots of you there.

6th July 2024
What a great time last night playing a gig at the amazing distillery, Ad Gefrin in Wooler…..which was sold out! You were such a great audience and thanks for coming and many thanks to all the staff who were helping out. So well organised and welcoming.
The next gig is next Thursday, the 11th July, back in one of our favourite venues, The Memorial Hall in Craster. We have already quite a list of people who have reserved seats. Do contact us if your would like to do the same.So looking forward to this and hope to see lots of you there.

27th June 2024
Many thanks to all of you who turned up tonight in the Memorial Hall, Craster….amazing, there were only a few seats remaining and what a fabulous audience you were. Thank you…. and for the lovely comments afterwards….including:
– Excellent! Great to hear such wonderful music live!
– Brilliant  concert; so cheery loved the stories and the different instruments….Thank You!
– Fabulous music….stirs the soul! Thank you so much.
– Exceptional evening – such skilled performances. Absolutely great. Thank you!
– Thank you – a fabulous evening….musical excellence and delightful personalities. See you again next time we’re here!!!
– An amazing and enchanting evening that we will remember for a long time – thank you!
Now looking forward to our extra gig in Ad Gefrin in Wooler on friday 5th July. Booking only through the Ad Gefrin website.

26th June 2024
We’re very much looking forward to tomorrow’s concert in Craster and there are lots of seats reserved already. Contact us by tomorrow lunchtime if you would like to do the same. Doors open at 6.45pm.
We have been booked to play in Ad Gefrin, the distillery in Wooler on 5th July. For this one, the doors open at 6.30pm and the concert starts at 7.00pm. Tickets are on sale through the Ad Gefrin website only and we have been informed this morning that there are only 11 places left.

18th June 2024
Huge thanks to all of you who came to our gig this evening on Holy Island, you were fabulous. Between 70 and 80 of you came across to hear us and what a great night! Thank you all so much.
A few comments from from the feedback forms:
beautiful, inspiring….peaceful and also invigorating.
– Excellent live music. Very atmospheric event and great fun, too!
-Such an exceptional musical evening.
– A little gem – thank you!

The next gig is back in Craster Memorial Hall on 27th June and we’ve already quite a few seats reserved. If you would like to reserve seats for this one or any of the other gigs coming up this summer, then please don’t hesitate to contact us. Look forward to seeing you.

6th June 2024
Wow, what a night last night! Over 70 of you turned out to our gig in Craster – huge thanks to you all. You were fabulous! And thanks to our helpers, Helen and Denis for their role on the door and the raffle. We now have a short break before the next gig on Tuesday 18th June in the Crossman Hall on Holy Island. Crossing the causeway to the island will be from 15.15 to 23.35 giving plenty of time before the gig and afterwards to return to the mainland. The gig will end at approx. 9.15pm. We’ve already lots of seats reserved. Do get in touch if you wish to do the same.

31st January 2024
We have planned a series of 12 concerts for this year starting towards the end of May and continuing until September. Do check the Diary page for the dates.
They will all start at 7.30pm with the doors being open at approx. 6.50pm.
Like last year, it will be £10 entry – accompanied children under 12 free. CASH ONLY.

We don’t sell tickets in advance but if you would like to reserve seats for any of our concerts, do contact us through the contact page. You would then turn up at around 7pm, pay on the door and then look for the seats reserved in your name.
We’re looking forward to seeing lots of old friends and new.

Comments from previous summer gigs: – “Absolutely excellent! Love the chemistry between the two of you!”
– “You live the music and the history of it and are both so knowledgeable. This really shines through in your performance.”
– “Wonderful! Informative! Entertaining! Inspiring!”
– “Fantastic! Really enjoyable! Illuminating and so moving!”

If you are staying at a holiday home this year and would like a private “house concert” , then don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be delighted to discuss this further.

If you are not able to get to any of the gigs, we have copies of our CD Borrowed Days but sadly we have sold out of Lecchemede. Also Margaret’s tune book is available for sale by post.

You might also like to commission a new tune from Margaret. See the CDs and Tunes pages for more details.

Keep an eye on the Diary page.
Please click here for more information.