Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green: Robson goes fishing and recites poetry in this latest episode

Robson Green

In tonight’s episode, Robson explores Northumberland’s unique traditions including coble fishermen, Northumbrian folk music, and the history behind the county’s distinctive dialect.

Robson learns about the coble, a wooden fishing boat, which has origins dating back to the 10th century. However, over the past twenty years, changing fishing regulations have seen more and more fishermen opt for modern boats. Robson visits one of only 20 coble fisherman left in Northumberland, Kevin Henderson, and goes out on his boat to see what he can catch.

Next, Robson investigates the history of the Northumbrian pipes which has been passed down over the centuries by farmers and hill shepherds, making it one of the most ancient forms of music in the country. Today Kathryn Tickell is the country’s biggest star Northumbrian pipe player and she’s taken the instrument all over the world.

Finally, heads to the Routhburty Traditional music festival, an even that brings together performers from all over the region. It’s here that Robson learns about the distinct dialect of Northumbria and enters a dialect poetry competition.

Tales from Northumberland with Robson Green airs tonight on ITV at 8pm

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