Assembly Lane: Northbound Album Launch + Support

Thursday 23rd November 2017



with support from Jed Grimes and Balter


“Exciting and effortless” – Maverick Magazine
“An outfit to watch” – fRoots Magazine
“A string new presence in contemporary folk” – Songlines Magazine

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our debut album ‘NORTHBOUND’ at The Cumberland Arms!

Assembly Lane brings together four young Newcastle-based musicians immersed in the shared musical traditions of the British Isles and North America. Their dynamic arrangements of traditional and contemporary material from both sides of the Atlantic effortlessly blend ancient ballads and progressive bluegrass with rich vocal harmonies and instrumental flair. Their debut album ‘Northbound’, recorded by Josh Clark at Get Real Audio (Kate Rusby, Flook), is released on the 10th November.

“Couple a timberous voice that has a richness and depth which you love almost from the first note to the warmth of his playing (acoustic guitar, lap steel, bouzouki). Add in a sprinkle of sensitive thoughtful and restrained arrangements…sheer inventiveness.” – Ian Cripps


Balter combine traditional and original material with percussive step-dance to create a high-energy driven sound which compliments and stretches their traditional influences. Their show features original songs and tunes that showcase each member’s individual influence yet are gelled together with intricate arrangements