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 Howay the Lasses are a musical collective, a critically acclaimed album and an internationally-toured show celebrating the lives and achievements of women, past and present through original song

“…a moving paean to the lives of women from the North-East of England, from the fêted to the altogether more obscure...ear-catching three-part vocal harmonies... an uplifting foot-tapping delight.” 

Songlines Magazine (4 Stars) 


Howay The Lasses

are a vibrant new musical group that celebrate the lives of notable women heroes of the North East of England through original songs and arrangements. Critically-acclaimed artists in their own right, singer and accordionist Annie Ball, father and daughter singer-songwriter combination Gareth and Bronwen Davies-Jones, and cellist Katie Tertell began working together in 2021 through collaboration funded by Arts Council England and the NE Endowment for Musical Traditions. 

The result is a profound, engaging and original canon of material in tribute to the lives of women both historical and contemporary. From the Newcastle United Women’s Football team all the way back to Claudia Severa from the ancient Roman empire, the songs also celebrate women like 18th Century proto-feminist Mary Astel, activist Rachel Parsons and mathematician Janet Taylor.

Wherever they play Howay the Lasses have won over the hearts and minds of music lovers with their tales of female tragedy, heroism and ingenuity. Performing at a variety of venues, from festivals to libraries, and working with archives and organisations, this talented band has earned the admiration and affection of critics and fans alike. 

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Upcoming dates:

April 14, Felton

May 12, Holmfirth

May 25, Kirkwhelpington

June 9, BBC Sunday Morning

September 22, Stanley

Sept. 28, Allen Folk Festival

Past events:

Redefest Music Festival Saturday 12th August

Rochester, Northumberland Tickets

As Semibreve Collective : Music at the Peace Garden 13th August

Peace Garden, Minsteracres, Northumberland Tickets

Shrewsbury Folk Festival Sunday 27th August - Monday 28th August

Gravel Hill Lane, Shrewsbury Tickets


Baa Fest Thursday 7th September

Bellingham, Northumberland Tickets 

The Sage Thursday 5th October

Gateshead, Tyne and Wear Tickets

Square Chapel Friday 6th October

Halifax Tickets

St Nicholas' Church Saturday 7th October

Beverly Tickets 


Howay The Lasses Album Companion

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