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Published 30th Mar 2011

Richard Grainger singer and festival organiser

Folk music fans are in for a treat with the staging of Middlesbrough’s first ever folk music festival.

Middlesbrough Folk Fest brings folk and roots music to Teesside audiences at a time when interest in the genre is at a height.

The opening concert takes place at mima on Friday, April 1 at 7.30pm.

The following day on Saturday, April 2 there will be a chance to join in at an open mic session at Middlesbrough Music Centre on Newport Road at 2pm.

Then on the Saturday evening there will be a folk club session at the Cleveland Trade Union Centre starting at 7.30pm.

Teesside folk singer Richard Grainger has organised the festival, alongside Middlesbrough libraries service, and will perform in the opening concert at mima.

Born and raised in Beechwood, Middlesbrough, Richard’s songs about Teesside have been heard around the world in an illustrious career spanning 25 years.

Richard said he sees the festival as way to bring his songs “back home” and hopes that the people of Middlesbrough will embrace the festival.

Richard said: “I have made my life writing, singing and recording songs based in Middlesbrough, Teesside and North Yorkshire and I have taken these songs around the world.

“There comes a time when you want to take your talents back to your home town.

“I think Middlesbrough is ready for something like this and I really want it to become a major cultural event in the town.”

Richard, who along with his wife Jeanette organises folk festivals in Scarborough and Ryedale, said he hopes the event will grow over the coming years.

Guest artists at the festival include Stormcrow, Steve Turner, Steve Dawes & Helen Pitt, Sara Dennis, Fools Gold, The Moorlanders, Penni Mclaren Walker, Blue Sun, Blind Panic, Chris Milner and Bob Fortune.

Tickets are available at the door for all the gigs. Some free tickets are available in advance. To get your free ticket just email moorfolk@googlemail.com to book and join the mailing list OR £5 on the door.

Find out more online at links below.

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Middlesbrough Folk Fest on facebook

Richard Grainger



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