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12noon – 1.45pm: Folkworks Summer School Celebration
Folkworks Summer Schools participants will be filling Performance Square with folk music, song and dance. Over 150 musicians will be performing together in one big performance and showcasing their hard work across the week at Folkworks Junior, Youth and Adult Summer Schools. After the performances have finished we will be celebrating with a big ceilidh! Folkworks Summer Schools have been one of the longest-running and most popular folk music summer schools in the UK since they were established in 1989. 2018 will be the 30th year of Folkworks Summer Schools.
3pm -3.15pm: Small Ships Parade
3.15pm – 3.40pm: Cream Tees Performance
Cream Tees is a youth folk band formed in 2012 as part of the Music at the Heart of Teesdale project. Under the expert guidance of their first tutor Hinny Pawsey the band started playing the traditional folk music of Teesdale and surrounding region. Since 2013 they have also worked with final year students from the Newcastle University Folk and Traditional Music Degree course.
3.40pm – 3.45pm: Kingsmen Clog
Newcastle Kingsmen Clog formed six years ago to formalise a long tradition of clog dancers accompanying the Newcastle Kingsmen Sword Dancers. Since then, the team have grown in team members, repertoire and reputation appearing at numerous festivals and events including Sidmouth Folk Week, Utrecht Early Music Festival and Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering, where they won the group clog trophy in 2017.
5pm – 5.40pm: Holy Moly and the Crackers
The bombastic folk rockers have been on what seems like a never-ending tour; playing over 300 shows, 60 festivals (including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Boomtown and Bestival) and tearing through trips around Italy, the Netherlands, France, Portugal and Germany. Wowing their raucous and ever-expanding fan-base with instrument-swapping, squeezebox-growling, fiddle-shredding, brass-howling hoe-downs, the group have been able to hone a sound that is organic and invigorating – forged in the sweat and heat of the live show.
5.50pm – 6.20pm: Silver Shantymen
We are a group of vocalists within The Silvers Programme and entertain with sea shanties and songs of the sea. Our repertoire includes songs from the Napoleonic wars, American whaling ships, the Hebrides, Polynesia, fur traders on the Missouri, paddle steamers on the Mississippi, and many more. Songs of humour, tragedy, pirates, heartbreak and appalling conditions. Capstan, long and short haul, halyard, and focs’l shanties. Stamp and go. Lots of great choruses for the audience to sing along with.
6.30pm – 7pm: Zak Younger Banks
Newcastle and Glasgow based indie/folk singer-songwriter Zak Younger Banks combines emotionally raw vocals, poetic lyrics and intricate fingerstyle guitar to create original and distinctive songs. Rooted in traditional music, Zak established himself as a guitarist on the Newcastle folk scene and is now studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow. As a solo artist, Zak takes influence from artists including Josh Tillman, Isaac Gracie, Hozier and Leonard Cohen, and has played several successful headline gigs at venues including Ernest, Bar Loco, and the Cluny as well as a recent headline slot at Hit the North Festival in Newcastle and a series of EP Launch shows around the UK at venues in Glasgow, Newcastle, Edinburgh and London.
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Folk on the Tyne brings together the best of folk across the North in a day of workshops and gigs including a headline show from The Unthanks, The Wilsons and The Young’uns. Other highlights include a free, late night ceilidh and a giant performance from our Folkworks Summer School...