Musical duo to hit right note

A contemporary and traditional folk music duo will be taking their music to Spittal tomorrow night.

Thursday, 10th November 2016, 9:49 am

Mochara, from the Gaelic meaning ‘my friend’, will be hitting the right note at BURC (formerly St Paul’s Church), from 7.30pm, as part of the Highlights Rural Touring scheme.

The duo play a blend of contemporary and traditional folk songs, written and performed by Maurice Dickson on vocals, guitar, mandolin and bodhran, and Catherine Ashcroft on Uilleann pipes and whistles.

Both consummate musicians and masters of their craft, the duo play from a wide ranging repertoire of original and traditional music and songs, with a strong Irish influence, finely crafted lyrics and Maurice’s trademark folk/blues guitar picking style.

From sentimental love songs to up-tempo tunes, their songs are rooted in something deeply personal and delivered with a warm audience rapport.

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Devon-based, Belfast-born Maurice Dickson has been described as a “minstrel with a message”.

He has been writing and performing his songs for almost 30 years and has played in rock and blues bands around Belfast before forming his own band in 1976.

Three years later he turned professional and continued to learn his trade, absorbing the cultures and the rhythms of the musics of Europe and North Africa. He has more than half a dozen albums under his belt including Mochara’s In Your Blood.

Catherine hails from the North West of England and has had a passion for Irish music since childhood. Both have appeared at venues and festival across the UK, Europe and the USA.

Spittal Improvement Trust is hosting this Highlights performance, which is the first of two this winter.

Tickets cost £7.50, under 17s £4, family £20, available from 07752 403409 or online at