Ziad Jabero and Baghdaddies at Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum


Project Info


  • Ziad Jabero
  • Baghdaddies

Art Forms

  • Performance


  • Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Musuem
  • Morpeth Gathering
  • Arts&Heritage
  • Arts Council England's Museum Resilience Fund

Project Outline

Spannan is part of the Meeting Point programme.

Ziad Jabero created a 21st Century sound to celebrate the Northumbrian Bagpipes. Jabero worked with museum staff, local bagpipe players and clog dancers to create music that mixes traditional sounds and local talent with other European styles and contemporary beats.

The music was performed at Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering on 2 April 2016.


  • To place Northumbrian Bagpipes in a new context with contemporary styles of music
  • To reach out to international partners through music
  • To create a dynamic performance representing Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
  • Increase visitor numbers to both Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
  • To engage in an action-learning project that will develop Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum’s cultural offer by commissioning contemporary artists


Arts&Heritage supported the museums participating in Meeting Point throughout the commissioning process; sharing knowledge of presenting contemporary art projects and commissions in non-traditional art spaces.

A networking event between the participating museums and 40 artists from across the UK took place at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and visits to artists’ studios were arranged. Museum teams also met with peers at other properties to learn how they successfully delivered contemporary art projects at their museums and heritage sites.

All museums developed their own Artist’s Brief. Following the networking event artists were invited to send in an expression of interest to museums that interested them.

Three artists were shortlisted by each museum to draw up a more detailed proposal and were paid £500 each.

Impact & Budget

  • £8,000 to include all materials, travel and installation costs
  • £500 paid to each of 3 artists shortlisted

“Meeting point has been a fantastic project for me, opening up new and exciting areas in my creative practise, allowing me to develop new ways of working and has given me a platform to go forward and continue new exciting collaborations” Ziad Jabero

The Artist

Ziad Jabero is a Newcastle based musician who plays guitar, trombone and vocals for The Baghdaddies. The Baghdaddies have toured internationally for fourteen years. Their music is influenced by Northern traditions as well as the rhythms of Balkan, Caribbean and the Middle East.