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Current Angels of the North

The Angels of the North are a traditional ceilidh band with a double fiddle lead, a driving guitar-based engine room, soaring flute harmonies and additional colour from banjos, pipes, concertina and a whole range of more unusual traditional instruments.

The Angels use professional sound equipment which allows you to enjoy the music and still chat with your friends.

Click on the band photos below to find out more about individual Angels and the instruments they play.

Adrian Alison Chris Ethan John Noel

Other Angels

Since the Angels formed in the late 1990s, members have left to pursue other interests. It is lovely that so many are still pleased to lend a hand if we are a player down for an engagement as it means we can maintain the authentic Angels sound and atmosphere at our ceilidhs.

Adam Diane James Judy Kon Lucy Maurice Phil Ramin Theo

Band History

The Angels of the North met through the Folkworks workshops at Caedmon Hall. The band was born in May 1998 when Noel had a gig that his school ceilidh band couldn't play. Could we become a band and play in six weeks?

The next few weeks were a hectic whirl of rehearsals but one of the biggest problems was choosing a name. Noel had called for a scratch band jokingly called "Angels of the North" for a charity ceilidh in the 1980s and as Anthony Gormley's wonderful sculpture had just appeared on the skyline, it seemed appropriate to revive the name.

From those humble beginnings, the Angels have developed their sound and built a reputation as one of the best ceilidh bands in the region, playing everywhere from local schools, village halls and sports clubs, through to the magnificent Lumley Castle and the most stylish hotels across the region.

Since then some members have left to follow other musical interests. Members may change but the style and repertoire get better and better. Wherever we play, we guarantee a fun time and a fantastic night!