Along their track lay the villages of the hillfolk
- mud and earth huts, timbers now and then rudely carved with an axe - clinging like swallows' nests against the steeps, huddled on tiny flats half-way down a three-thousand-foot glissade; jammed into a corner between cliffs that funnelled and focused every wandering blast; or, for the sake of summer pasture, cowering down on a neck that in winter would be ten feet deep in snow.
Boise, Idaho is the hometown of Hillfolk
Noir who specialise in a folk/bluegrass/ string-band sound which they term Junkerdash.
30pm, PS12 (0191 230 4474) Friday, July 15 Gladstone Acoustic Duo: The Sun Inn, Morpeth, 9pm, free (01670 514153) Sunday, July 17 The Regals: The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne, 4pm, free (0191 230 4474) Monday, July 18 Hillfolk
Noir: Live Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne, 8pm, PS12 (0191 261 2694) Wednesday, July 20 Take It To The Bridge: The Globe, Newcastle upon Tyne, 8pm-11pm, PS1 Thursday, July 21 Archie Fisher: Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 8pm-10pm, PS10 (01434 652477) Brian Melville: Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth, 1.
The singers and the orchestra will perform special arrangements of works by Schubert and Mozart, as well as "Songs from the Hillfolk
,'' a selection of pieces such as "I Wonder as I Wander'' and "Go Tell It on the Mountain.
A distinct minority, the hillfolk
in this region assumed an intertribal identity for survival and prosperity.
, Finns, and Picts: The Identity of the Good Neighbors in Orkney and Shetland.
That regrouped Americana band is Hillfolk
Noir, which a news release says plays the old songs, but the sound is "more reckless.
If this child is the future victim of the family's discontent, then the other child in the film is the victim of the historical disenfranchisement and impoverishment of the indigenous hillfolk
Not that the hardy hillfolk
will quite see it that way.
The Lahu, like other Southeast Asian hillfolk
, have traditionally lived by the labor-intensive practice of "slash-and-burn" or swidden agriculture, though this way of life is increasingly threatened, and is already virtually obsolete in Thailand.
From the Idaho old-timey Hillfolk
Noir trio and the John Lewis Trio, to English sisters Ward Thomas, the crowd stayed, even swelled, during the afternoon.
A list of acts take to the DFDS Seaways Jumpin' Hot Stage on both Friday and Saturday, entertaining crowds outside Sage Gateshead, with performances from the likes of King Size Voodoo Traveller, John Lewis Trio, Hillfolk
Noir, Caroline Mary, Gilded Thieves and Michael Littlefield.