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Festivals 2017

If you'd like to try an instrument before you buy, the easiest way is often to find us at a festival.

This year we'll be having a stall at –

  • 19-25 August   Whitby Folk Week
  •  9 & 10 September   BAAFest, Bellingham, Northumberland
  • 18 & 19 November   Scots Fiddle Festival, Edinburgh

We've already been to –

  • Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering (April)
  • Warwick Folk Festival (July)

We've decided to have a stall at fewer festivals than we would like this year, mainly for the sake of Louie, our old dog. He's 17+ (over 120 dog years), and likes his home comforts!



Our 15-minutes of fame! There was a great 3-page article on Small Strings by Susan Burke in the Aug./Sept. issue of The Northumbrian magazine.


Not the best start to the year when Sue was involved in a serious accident in mid-January, when someone lost control of their car and drove over the middle of the road and in to ours, at speed. As a result, Mark lost a lot of work time - many thanks to those of you who had to wait longer than expected for your instrument. We're happy to say that Sue's just about fully recovered.



Towards the end of April 2015, we relocated to north Northumberland. The move took much longer than expected, and caused huge disruption to instrument-making. However, it was a very positive move for Small Strings as Mark now has a huge workshop. 


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