Headland Folk Festival set to return four years after its success during Tall Ships


SOME of the finest musicians on the folk scene are set to descend on Hartlepool for a festival.

Hartlepool trio the Young’Uns are bringing back the Headland Folk Festival four years on from its success during the Tall Ships back in August 2010.

The group, who turned professional earlier this year after signing to Navigator Records, are taking time out from their busy touring schedule to bring the music they love back to their home town.

Group songwriter Sean Cooney, 28, said: “We have performed at 30 festivals this year and at each one have told audiences of thousands how inspired we are by the stories and legends of Old Hartlepool.

“Now its time to bring the audience to the Headland.”

The Headland Folk Festival is taking place over the weekend of April 11 to 13, next year, and will feature an array of singers and musicians.

Making a return to the Headland four years on from their Tall Ships gig are five-man Polish Sea Shanty sensations Brasy who will headline with a special concert in St Hilda’s Church.

2013 BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar are also included in the varied lineup of performers that will see local singers and songwriters rub shoulders with national names.

As well as ticketed concerts there will also be lots of free music to enjoy in the Harbour of Refuge, the Fisherman’s Arms and the Cosmopolitan pubs and lots of opportunities for budding singers and players to join in the many sessions and singarounds that will be taking place.

The Young’Uns will also be doing a unique Headland musical history trail.

Weekend tickets for the festival are priced at £32 and include entry into all four main concerts (children under 16 can go for free) and are available online from http://theyoungunsstore.tictail.com

For more information, including how to support the festival, call Sean on 07581550903 or email seancooneyfolk@tiscali.co.,uk