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Folk Musicians Set to Entertain Crowds in Durham

Posted on 12 August 2015

Shoppers and visitors to Durham City this weekend will be serenaded by dozens of folk musicians as Folkworks Durham Gathering comes to town, bringing a free open air concert to Millennium Place on Saturday 15 August from 11am to 3.30pm plus lots more.

This fast moving kaleidoscope is part of a 3 day celebration of traditional music, song and dance which well and truly turns the spotlight on the talented folk musicians, participants and tutors taking part in the annual Folkworks Summer Schools. Internationally renowned for their highly experienced, motivated and energetic tutors, the activities undertaken during Folkworks Summer Schools give children and adults the chance to learn new repertoire and technique and to showcase these developing skills alongside their tutors at the outdoor concert.

Another concert and new work has been inspired by Durham University’s hugely popular Magna Carta and the Changing Face of the Revolution exhibition which is currently taking place at Palace Green Library. Folk music has always had a connection with protest and dissent: Karine Polwart researched the exhibition’s archive and has written new material as her response to this whilst Nancy Kerr BBC Radio 2’s ‘Folk Singer of the Year’, acclaimed singer Bella Hardy, fiddle, mandolin and guitar player Gina Le Faux and singer and fiddle player Bryony Griffith take up this theme too. Women of Rebellion: Songs of Protest and Revolution takes place at Elvet Methodist Church on Thursday 13 August.

Other events include Tea for Two!, a tea-time concert of duos with Sam Sweeney & Hannah James, Miranda Rutter & Rob Harbron and Kevin Lees & Dave Rutter, the free Folkworks Adult Sharing Concert and a short concert spotlighting the talents of Jim Molyneux, Annmarie Grams, Ian Lowthian, Roger Wilson and Sam Partridge.

For details of all Durham Gathering events go to or call 0191 443 4661.