Cream Tees to Mark First Birthday with First Public Performance

Cream Tees to Mark First Birthday with First Public Performance

Press Release, 22 November 2012

The Music at the Heart of Teesdale project’s new youth folk band are set to perform their first public concert and ceilidh at The Hub in Barnard Castle on Friday, 30th November at 730pm. Cream Tees, the name chosen for their band by the young musicians, have been working hard in preparation for the gig practising their tunes, both old and new, for a year now under the expert guidance of Tyneside fiddler and tutor Hinny Pawsey. Hinny will be joined by a group of young professional musicians, all fellow graduates from Newcastle’s University’s folk degree course, to share the bill and round off the evening in style with a stomping ceilidh!

Rosie Cross rehearsing Fourpence a Day with Cream Tees

Rosie Cross rehearses “Fourpence a Day” with members of Cream Tees at The Hub in Barnard Castle, 28 September 2012. (Photo by Neil Diment.)

The M@HoT project aims to revive the folk music, song and dance traditions of Teesdale. The project’s Rosie Cross has been rehearsing with the group to perform the old lead miners” song “Fourpence a day” on the night. She said, “We”re nervous, but also excited because this performance will mark the first birthday of the project. From the beginning we were keen to find a space for any young person who is really passionate about learning traditional music. So now we”ve got a really good group of twenty talented and enthusiastic young musicians who have gelled well as a group. They have worked hard to learn the tunes by ear in the folk tradition.” It’s not easy “doing without the dots” but having a tutor like Hinny to help makes it a lot easier. Fiddler Katherine Harding agrees, “Having a group leader like Hinny is such a pleasure. She’s lovely, friendly and teaches tunes to a variety of different instruments all at the same time within 10 minutes with no music!”

Hinny Pawsey at Langdon Beck

Tutor Hinny Pawsey leads a M@HoT workshop at Langdon Beck Youth Hostel. (Photo by Neil Diment.)

But probably the hardest thing so far for the group was coming up with a name for their band! “Everyone had a lot of fun thinking up names for our band!” said Katherine. “Suggestions of “Folkal Warriors” and “Rolling in the Sheep” were put forward, but in the end a group vote was taken and Cream Tees was our new official band name.”

M@HoT project co-ordinator Neil Diment said, “We hope this will be the first of several performances for Cream Tees in the New Year, with appearances at the Hexham Gathering and Newbiggin Chapel among others in the pipeline.” Added Katherine, “In the future I hope we can become more successful and well known, and play at more gigs for example. It is much more fun playing with your friends and learning with different age groups than on your own, which is why I got involved with the project. It just means you can have a laugh while learning new stuff and appreciate your instrument in a different way!”

Tickets for the performance – priced £6 for adult, £4 for children, £16 for a family – are available from The Hub and The Nest in Barnard Castle, or direct from Neil Diment on 01833 638263, or email If you would like to find out more about the project as a whole, or if you have any information about the music, songs or dance of Teesdale, Neil would be delighted to hear from you. The Music at the Heart of Teesdale project is part of the wider Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership supported by Barnard Castle Vision, Durham County Council and the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.