Welcome to the
High Level Ranters
Web pages
(constructed with the assistance and co-operation of the present band)


Picture of HLR, 2002The High Level Ranters have been playing traditional music and song from the North-East of England for over 30 years, becoming one of the most influential groups of the Folk Revival. For many years they were the only group featuring the Northumbrian smallpipes in their performances, and are thus responsible for introducing many of today's pipers to this most beautiful and unique instrument. They also introduced many of today's musicians to the wealth of distinctive local and traditional music in the North-East, and did so with a unique enthusiasm of performance which has not been equalled.

Their name was chosen as a combination of the location of the Bridge Folk Club at the North end of the High Level Bridge in Newcastle, where they all played, and from the Cheviot Ranters, a famous Northumberland dance band operating in the Alnwick area from about 1953 to 1996.

The Ranters current line-up is still available for concerts, ceilidhs, workshops etc etc. - contact details below

These pages also contain :

Latest CD: Bridging
Now available

Pages constructed and maintained by Julia Say (Julia.Say@nspipes.co.uk), last alteration 14 October 2004