Cream Tees

Cream Tees folk band logo

Cream Tees is the Barnard Castle-based youth folk band in the Music at the Heart of Teesdale project. Shown here is the logo, designed by Catherine Howard, for the band’s first t-shirts.

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.

Cream Tees members play instruments ranging from the cello to the fiddle and from the guitar to the flute, not to mention violas and keyboards. While much of the music the band plays is instrumental, songs such as Elsie Marley and The Bonny Moorhen have also become highlights of the band’s live performances.

Cream Tees performing Rooted

Cream Tees premièred their own composition Rooted—A Teesdale Suite at The Witham in Barnard Castle. (Photo courtesy of Paul Place.)

Gaining in confidence and expertise, in its third year the band wrote and recorded its first composition, Rooted – A Teesdale Suite, under the guidance of tutors, Sophy Ball and Ian Stephenson in Summer 2014. The piece was inspired by the landscapes of the Heart of Teesdale where all the members live or go to school.

Cream Tees play gigs at a wide variety of locations including Ovington Maypole Dancing Festival and the Hexham Gathering. The band also plays regularly regularly in the ‘Acoustic Café’ at The Witham in Barnard Castle.

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Click here to see details of upcoming Cream Tees performances.