“The Full English” in Teesdale

“The Full English” in Teesdale

Press Release, 18 June 2014

“The Full English” is a ground-breaking nation-wide digital archive and learning project instigated by the English Folk Dance & Song Society and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. There will be a full day of participation and performance of folk music song and dance from Teesdale and beyond on Saturday 5th July between 10am and 5pm at The Witham in Barnard Castle. To celebrate the on-line resource, a national programme of workshops, performance and creative projects has been arranged. Staff from The Witham Hall say that they are extremely pleased to have been chosen as one of the participating venues.

The day in Barnard Castle will be for all ages and will feature Teesdale’s own youth Folk group, Cream Tees; local bands Teesdale Folk, Gegenforde, the Old Age Travellers, along with Rosie Cross and Mike Bettison. Also appearing will be Teesdale Longsword Dancers, who will be giving a display of their spectacular sword dance, in company with Black Sheep Morris and champion clog dancer Shona Harper-Wilkes, from Lartington. There will be music to listen to and dances to watch throughout the day, plus many chances to have a go yourself.

Frances Watt from The English Folk Dance and Song Society will be on hand throughout the day, demonstrating The New Full English project’s Digital archive.

All performances and taking part sessions are free. Those interested can book in advance or simply drop in on the day. For full details or to book, please contact The Witham www.thewitham.org.uk or phone Mike Bettison on 01833 628343.

“The Full English is possibly the most exciting and significant thing to happen to British folk music in at least a generation… To give everyone the keys to the archive of our common heritage will be an invaluable inspiration to generations of musicians and writers” Lee Hall, playwright and screenwriter (Billy Elliot, Pitman Painters, War Horse)