Press Release, 20 November 2013
The youth folk band Cream Tees have had a jam-packed programme this year and will be rounding it off in style with a stomping ceilidh at The Hub in Barnard Castle on Friday 29th November at 7.30pm. All those who came to the band’s “First Birthday” event last year will testify that this will be a great occasion to warm you up in the cold winter months, and get you in the mood for Christmas!
This year’s gig is extra special however, because it will be the farewell performance for Cream Tees’ musical director, Hinny Pawsey. Hinny is a graduate of Newcastle University’s Folk & Traditional Music degree and has been a part of the “Music at the Heart of Teesdale” project since its inception in 2011, from which Cream Tees was born.
Hinny is moving on from her beloved North East for new challenges down south but said, “It has been an absolute joy working with this brilliant bunch of young musicians. In each generation, new people offer themselves up to be new guardians of our folk traditions, and it has been a great honour for me to be the one to hand these kids the key. They are learning melodies and ways of making music which have been a part of our life for hundreds of years but, as has always been the way with traditional music, they are adding their own ideas, styles and personalities.”
She added, “It’s been a huge joy to hear them do this in the music we’ve been making together, and I hope they will continue to get great enjoyment out of it. I can’t wait to hear what they do next!”
Fiddler Nick Hamilton, now 14 and from Teesdale School, has been a member of the band from the start. He summed up the feelings for many when he said, “I feel sad that Hinny is leaving but it’s been really good learning to play in the traditional style – by ear – with her. She’s so friendly and brings great tunes for us to play!”
So come along and hear Nick and the band play! The line-up for the concert this year starts off with Cream Tees playing their latest repertoire of traditional tunes from Teesdale and beyond. They will then kick off the ceilidh with a couple of sets of tunes before Hinny takes the stage alongside a trio of other brilliant young folk musicians – Sophy Ball, Ian Stephenson and Alex Cumming, a fellow Cream Tees tutor.
Tickets are available in advance from The Hub; direct from Neil Diment, M@HoT project co-ordinator, by calling 01833 638263 or at firstname.lastname@example.org; and on the night on the door at £6 for an adult, £4 for concessions and £16 for a family ticket. Refreshments and non-alcoholic drinks will be available from the “Meet and Eat” cafe, or BYOB. See you there!