Breakfast Folk aims to provide an opportunity for anyone, including children, to take part in traditional folk music.

Sessions take place on Saturday mornings in Tots Tea Rooms in Wallsend (totstearooms.com).  The idea is to provide an informal environment for beginners of any age to practice playing traditional folk music with other musicians.  Other family members, friends and relatives are all welcome to come along. For those who don’t play an instrument, come for a coffee or anything from the menu and enjoy the atmosphere.

Sessions run from 11-1 p.m.  There is a book of set tunes for those who read music and playing your own tunes is encouraged.  There are a few common tunes on this website to help you along the way.

Typical folk instruments include fiddle, accordion, melodeon, whistle, flute, northumbrian pipes, guitar and mandolin, but any instrument would be welcome.  There can be a huge range of abilities playing at Breakfast Folk sessions: from toddlers playing toy instruments, young children playing ‘open-string’ fiddle, older children playing the melody, right through to very experienced musicians improvising harmonies – anything goes!

Currently the sessions are hosted by Wallsend locals Amy Thatcher and Kieran Szifris.

Children will be encouraged to play a favourite tune if they want, but often the lure of toast and playing on the mat is more attractive.

Why not pop along soon and kick-start your weekend with some live music!