Singing out to save the Northumbrian dialect

THE Northumbrian dialect has been celebrated in song at Morpeth. And it came as music to the ears of members of the Northumbrian Language Society. Every year it invites a special guest to give a memorial lecture in honour of its founding chairman, the late Roland Bibby. For 2023 the task fell to dialect songwriter Graham Bell, who has more than 60 compositions to his credit and who is a multi award winner at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering. His lecture, billed as ‘a songwriter’s journey through the cornfields and coalfields of Northumberland’, was entitled ‘Aroond the Rugged Rock’ and featured stories and songs based on his family history in mining and farming.

Courtesy of MorpethNewsTV Thanks to Terry Hackett

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