FORMERLY 'THE NIGHT WATCH'                 

'...the three of them, I think, are probably amongst the best exponents of English traditional music there are...' Mike Harding, The Mike Harding Folk Show

'...vibrant arrangements and fine performances... fine players all round... something very special.' Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky Magazine

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Night Fall is a new trio of voice, fiddle and guitar, made up of graduates of the Newcastle folk music degree whose paths never crossed during their studies. 

Kevin Lees, a fine player of Scottish and Northumbrian traditions, was brought up in the vibrant folk scene in Newcastle under the guidance of Stewart Hardy and Kathryn Tickell, and as an early member of Folkestra out of which came the Young Folk Award-winning band Last Orders. 

Dave Wood is regarded as one of the leading guitarists on the folk scene due to his innovative, rhythmical accompaniment style. He played for several years with the acclaimed CrossCurrent before touring with Scots song band Malinky from 2007 until 2011, and with celebrated Northumbrian musician Tom McConville. 

Kate Locksley comprises one quarter of the critically acclaimed harmony group The Teacups as well as the all-female trio, Wychwood, finding both strength and vulnerability in the unaccompanied voice. 

A chance meeting at a Midsummer festival encouraged them to collaborate, bringing together their different experiences in a delicate, assured sound. 


Here you'll find details of our upcoming gigs, workshops, festivals, and events. For more information, you can drop us a line at, or visit our facebook page at, or tweet us at @nightfall_ncl. Where possible, we'll put a link to the event venue page too, so you can find out about tickets.


Thur 8th Feb – Islington Folk Club,

Fri 9th Feb – The Ram, Thames Ditton,

Sat 10th Feb – Horse + Bamboo, Rossendale,

Sun 11th Feb – House Concert, Cumbria (private event; may be opened up, please contact us for details)

Thur 22nd Mar – The Barn, Baston,

Fri 23rd Mar – Folk At The Grove, Leeds,

Sat 24th Mar – Day of Music, Newcastle - TBC; after the success of 2017's Day of Music, we are considering putting on another one this year. Put the date in your diaries, and add yourself to our mailing list at the bottom of this page if you'd like to hear about it! 


416 - 22/8 - 3.00pm - Rifle Club Concert Room

442 - 22/8 - 11.30pm - Spa Exhibition Hall

514 - 23/8 - 2.30pm - Coliseum

534 - 23/8 - 7.30pm - Spa Theatre


Ratcliffe Highway/Baltimore Beginners
Ratcliffe Highway (Roud 598) was both printed on broadsides and collected from several source singers, and details an area of London famous for its sailors and their drinking and debauchery which is sadly no longer there. It is one of very few songs Kate learned from her Dad. If you look up Ratcliffe Highway on the internet, you'll also find an unsolved Victorian murder story, which provided the basis for the first episode of the ITV crime drama 'Whitechapel'. We've put it together with The Baltimore Beginners, a fantastic tune written by Mike McGoldrick.

Robin Hood & The Pedlar/Laridé à Six Temps
Robin Hood & The Pedlar (Child 132) is similar to a modern tale of a Friday night punch up. Robin Hood & Little John decide to rob a pedlar, and have a bit of a scrap before determining that the pedlar is Gamble Gold, Robin's cousin. Clearly this makes everything that has passed perfectly alright, because they then all head for the nearest pub. We've paired it with Laride A Six Temps, a Breton dance tune.

All Amongst The Barley 
We learned this song from the LP 'Joke and Push About The Pitcher' by The Galley. Unfortunately, our copy of the record is long since lost, and we haven't been able to determine where the words or this tune came from, although the all-knowing internet suggests the words were written by Elizabeth Sterling, a nineteenth century English composer who studied at Oxford but, being a woman, was not awarded a degree.

Cape Breton Tune/The Rambler/Wissahickon Drive 
This tune set starts with a fantastic Cape Breton tune, followed by a jig called The Rambler, also known as The Rover or Father Harney's. The final tune in the set is Wissahickon Drive, by Liz Carroll. It is also apparently known as Wickipedia Hard Drive.

Newry Town/Rusty Gulley 
Also known as The Newry Highwayman and Newlyn Town (Roud 490), this song is sometimes referred to as a 'goodnight ballad', and  tells of the capture and demise of an otherwise rather cheerful highway robber. This was one of those songs that just happens out of nowhere. We'd all heard it before, and as were messing about during a rehearsal the chord pattern emerged, then so did the words. After a few verses, Rusty Gulley appeared. We liked it all, so we kept it.

Dying Sailor To His Shipmates/Primrose Lass 
American folklorist and singer Paul Clayton put a tune to this recitation he discovered in a journal kept on the ship 'Lucy Ann' of Wilmington, Delaware, recorded during a whaling voyage out of New Bedford, 1837-39. A log will usually record the state of any sick men, and records are kept giving accounts of any burials at sea.   It doesn't seem to be recorded in the EFDSS databases, we haven't found it in any books, and the only other person who has recorded it is, rather unexpectedly, Bono from U2. We put it with the popular tune, Primrose Lass, also known as Four Nights Drunk.