Hartlepool’s first folk festival creating a real buzz

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar are among the acts lined up for Hartlepool Folk Festival.
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar are among the acts lined up for Hartlepool Folk Festival.
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Hundreds of folk fans are expected to turn out to Hartlepool’s first folk festival next month.

The event, taking place on October 16 to October 18 in venues all around the Headland, aims to bring together some of the most established names in folk.

Headline artists include Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, Vin Garbutt, Chris Wood, Dick Gaughan, and Alistair Anderson.

“There’s already a real buzz about the festival,” said festival director Joan Crump.

“The enthusiasm from the council and our funders has been amazing. Plus we’ve got a great local network. It’s really exciting”

The New Rope String band and Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar are also expected to wow crowds with their performances.

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar have become one of the most sought after young acts on the English folk scene. In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award.

Teesside harmony singers, The Wilsons will also headline along with a host of up and coming names, such as Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker and Talisk – both winners at this year’s BBC Folk Awards.

Programmed events will take place in the Borough Hall, St Mary’s Church, St Hilda’s Church, the Duke of Cleveland, and various Headland pubs.

A street food marketplace in the Town Square will also feature free entertainment throughout the day.

There will be workshops, talks, screenings, and lots of opportunities for local people to get involved – including a programme of events especially for families and younger visitors.

The festival will feature special events that celebrate the area and the wider region, such as Sea:Coal, a project where fantastic songwriters have visited the area and taken inspiration from the new Durham Coastal Path from Hartlepool to Seaham. Featuring multiple BBC Folk Award-winning Jackie Oates, Ed Pickford, Findlay Napier, Kate Young and Chumbawamba’s Boff Whalley, the songs they produce will be performed at a unique concert during the festival.

The festival is supported by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts, and sponsorship from Camerons Brewery along with Hartlepool Borough Councillors and Durham Miners Association.

Weekend tickets are £90, with day and individual event tickets available from £10. They can be purchased online at www.hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk