Calling All Young Musicians

Press Release, 18 September 2013

If you’re interested in folk music, play an instrument and are aged between 11&18 then Cream Tees need you! A special session for young musicians — both new and old members — will be held at The Hub on Thursday 26th September.

Since forming just over a year ago as part of the Music at the Heart of Teesdale (M@HoT) project, Barnard Castle-based youth folk band Cream Tees has gone from strength to strength. They’ve certainly been very busy this summer. The performances started with a Gig on the Green providing the music at the Ovington Maypole celebrations to great success. Further acclaimed performances followed in June at The Hexham Gathering, England’s biggest folk music festival for young performers. There were also appearances at other events including the Durham Regatta and Gainford’s Big Weekend, and the group rounded off their summer with a concert of folk and traditional music from Teesdale and beyond at Newbiggin Chapel. M@HoT’s own Rosie Cross and Mike Bettison began the show with an entertaining set of Teesdale tunes, including the old lead miners’ song, “Fourpence a Day”, and the amusing “High Force Agricultural Show”, before Cream Tees rounded the concert off with a half-hour set of their own.

Cream Tees in concert at Newbiggin Chapel on 29 June 2013. (Photo by Neil Diment.)

Cream Tees in concert at Newbiggin Chapel on 29 June 2013. (Photo by Neil Diment.)

However, the story doesn’t stop here! With one or two of the older members moving on, the group now have spaces to fill. If Cream Tees is to continue to thrive then the group needs other young musicians to get involved too. Said tutor Hinny Pawsey: “Any young person with a passion for folk and traditional music is very welcome to join us. We have a busy and exciting year planned ahead, including a ceilidh at The Hub before Christmas. This really is a great opportunity for young musicians to gain experience in performing, meet new friends and a fun way to practise playing and broaden their repertoire.”

Cream Tees fiddlers Katherine Harding and Tabitha Gillard

Fiddlers Katherine Harding, left, and Tabitha Gillard play under the watchful gaze of tutor, Hinny Pawsey. (Photo by Neil Diment.)


The group meet regularly for workshops and sessions at The Hub in Barnard Castle. The first session will be held there on Thursday, 26th September from 5–6.30pm and will be led by Alex Cumming and Izzy Burns, two brilliant young musicians and enthusiastic workshop leaders who are in the final year of the Folk & Traditional Music degree course at Newcastle University.

If you’d like to come along, or to find out more, get in touch with Neil Diment, M@HoT project co-ordinator, by emailing him at: or calling: 01833 638263.