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High Level Ranters

Groups and Performers

A Folk Group from the North East of England.

Members: (1969 - 1979) Alistair Anderson (Concertina,Northumbrian Smallpipes) Tommy Gilfellon, Johnny Handle (Accordian), and Colin Ross (Northumbrian Smallpipes), Fiddle)

Current members: Jim Hall (Northumbrian Smallpipes), Johnny Handle, Colin Ross

 Formed in 1969 by members of the Folksong and Ballad Club at the Bridge Hotel (Bridge Folk Club) by the High Level Bridge in Newcastle.



  • Northumberland Forever (1968)
  • The Lads of Northumbria (1969)
  • Keep Your Feet Still Geordie Hinny (1970)
  • High Level (1971)
  • A Mile to Ride (1973)
  • The Bonnie Pit Laddie (1975)
  • Ranting Lads (1976)
  • Four in a Bar (1979)
  • The New High Level Ranters (1982)
  • Border Spirit (1983)
  • Gatehead Revisited (1987)