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The White Horse Folk Club (Beverley) Moves

A new venue for The White Horse Folk Club. As of 7th July 2014 the club will be at The Rose and Crown, North Bar Without, Beverley. All other details remain the same.
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The award-winning Beverley Folk Festival has launched an online pledge campaign to help maintain its programme of free community events.

This year’s festival takes place from June 20-22 at Beverley Racecourse with a stellar musical line-up including Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy, Chas & Dave, Home Service, Lau and Thea Gilmore. In addition the festival – a not-for-profit organisation – encompasses comedy, film, drama, poetry, literature and storytelling. Also, the festival delivers a range of free admission events and activities for visitors, including:

· Free entry to the festival village, giving people the opportunity to enjoy the festival atmosphere, explore the craft stalls and perhaps even enjoy a real ale

· A wide range of fun and creative activities in The Den children’s marquee

· The Westwood Sessions, a free drop in practice and performance venue for young musicians age 11-18, nurturing new young talent both local and from further afield

· Free performances from selected festival artists on the Festival Green stage and across Beverley town centre

An online pledge campaign has been set up via CrowdFunder, with the aim of raising £3,200 to support the staging of free events at the festival, which was winner of the Remarkable Tourism Event at the 2014 REYTA awards. In return for donations of various amounts, from £5 to £250, pledgers are offered a range of exclusive offers including tickets, merchandise or goodie bags. Festival director Andrew Mills says: “Beverley Folk Festival is a not-for-profit organisation run by a small and dedicated group and supported by a loyal team of unflagging volunteers. “We believe passionately in supporting our local community, which is why we are asking for support to nurture the links we share.”

The campaign runs until 22nd June and pledges can be made at For festival information and tickets go to or tel: 01377 217569.

Epworth Music Day 2014

The annual Epworth Music Day (held on 21 June) is very much a community event. Musicians, dancers and other performers of any genre and at any level of experience and ability are encouraged to perform and people are invited and welcomed to watch, listen and participate at a number of venues throughout the town. All this is done without payment to any performer and without charge to any member of the audience. As a result, it encourages participation from those who might otherwise be nervous about performing in public as well as providing a great spectacle to those watching and listening.

Epworth Music Day 2014 falls on Saturday 21 June and they are planning for this Music Day to be something rather grand. The event is planned to run from 10am to 10pm. Events are expected to take place throughout the town – indoors and outside. These will be both programmed and impromptu. There will be an evening concert in St Andrew’s Church.

Anyone wishing to become involved be it as performer of audience please contact Peter Barnard at

450 Miles of Music

Tim Moon is off on his musical long distance walking again, singing and playing his way from Filey to Penzance in May and June.
If anyone want to meet up on route, to walk and play or at one of the nightly gigs. Or offer a bed for a night the schedule and so on is at He would love to see you.
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North Lincs. Session changes venue.

The regular 3rd Sunday session at Magna Charter, New Holland is now closed. It is replaced by a new folk session on the last Thursday of each month from April. at The Jolly Miller, Brigg Road, Wrawby Starts 8:30pm Contact or the pub on 01652 655 658

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Beverey Festival wins 'Remarkable Tourism Event' at REYTA Awards

Beverley Folk Festival have been selected as joint winners of the ‘Remarkable Tourism Event’ category at the REYTAs (Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards) held on Thursday evening in Bridlington.

Chris Wade, Artistic Director of the Folk Festival said “It’s an award that should be shared by all the staff that work so hard throughout the year, our volunteers and supporters and all the wonderful artists who give their best for us over the festival weekend.”

Read more about the awards and all the winners [here]

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Lincoln Mystery Plays seek help

Denise Christison, chair and Stage Manager for the Lincoln Mystery Plays, is looking for an accordian player for a current Play that The Lincoln Mystery Plays are putting on called The Last Post about a local family in the first world war.

We are also looking for actors, anyone who would be interested in helping with costumes, Stage Crew, Helping with set design and a Muscial Directors with experiance in Directing music for plays, musicals etc.

If you can help in any way contact Denise on

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Keep Community Singing on the Map

Vocal groups have until the end of February to play their part in putting community singing on the map in Lincolnshire.

Choral ensembles of all types - from folk clubs, social singers, barbershop choruses and amateur operatic societies to church, gospel and community choirs - are invited to take part in 'Lincolnshire Sings!', a project which is highlighting places where people can sing for fun all over the county. Groups can join the Lincolnshire Sings! register by simply completing a short questionnaire, available by e-mail via

The information is being gathered by community music organisation soundLINCS on behalf of Lincolnshire Music Service, in accordance with the guidelines of the Data Protection Act. 'The results of the survey will not only show how much singing goes on in Lincs communities, but could influence funding decisions, encourage new singers and help identify performance
opportunities,' says soundLINCS CEO Nikki-Kate Heyes. 'The project could even lead to choirs sharing their enthusiasm with others, whether by working with local schools or with other music-making groups.'

The initiative is an extension of the 'Lincoln Sings' research project (see group Facebook page) which has already established that there are more open choirs than supermarkets within the city boundaries.

For more details on Lincolnshire Sings!, visit

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Acoustic night at Reepham

The Fox and Hounds in Reepham, Lincoln have started an 'Acoustic Unplugged' evening Every third Wednesday of the monthfrom 8.00 p.m., next one is 19th Feb 2014. Contact Malcolm Tresadern 07900 465352 or 01522 595191 website

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Brian Dawson – Obituary

Born Lincoln, 16 August, 1939
Died Scunthorpe, 22 November, 2013

Collector and performer of songs and dialect in the Lincolnshire tradition.

I first met Brian when he became a regular performer at Grimsby Folk Club in the late 1960’s, after moving from his home at Washingborough near Lincoln to the little market town of Caistor in North Lincolnshire, to teach at the Caistor Yarborough Primary School. He had already been playing for some time with the Lincoln-based folk dance band “The Redwings”, and his music was quickly recognized as a great asset to the club. It wasn’t long before he was invited to join the Grimsby club’s resident group “The Broadside” where, together with myself, Bill Meek and Tom Smith, he formed the core of a band which, throughout the 1970’s, recorded six albums and travelled the length and breadth of the country to play at festivals and folk clubs.

Brian’s abiding interest was always the traditional songs and stories of his native county, and through his friendship with the folklorist and collector Ethel Rudkin, he introduced us and our audiences to the songs of North Lincolnshire village singers like Luther “Luke” Stanley of Barrow-upon-Humber, and William Hill of Tetford – and to the treasure-house of song which had been collected in Lincolnshire by Percy Grainger. He was also a great admirer and performer of Tennyson’s Lincolnshire dialect poetry, and it was a pleasure and a privilege to see Brian in full flow, enacting the role of the chuntering old chap in “The Northern Farmer”, advising his errant son against courting the daughter of the impoverished parson –
“What’s a beauty? – the flower as blaws –
“But Property, Property sticks – and Property, Property graws . . .”

Brian was a longstanding member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and a skilled musician on both accordion and fiddle – his knowledge of tunes and dances was one of the essential building-blocks supporting the formation of the Grimsby Morris Men, the Cleethorpes Folk Festival, the Plowgild Folk Dance Group and the Broadside Ceilidh Band.

There is so much to remember him for, but what sticks in my mind are the little personal things which made Brian such a character. . .

He would have no truck with P.A. systems, or New Technology, and I was deeply impressed with his “designer visiting-cards” which consisted of small squares cut from corn-flakes packets, with his address hand-written on the back . . . He just loved to sing and play, and that was why he had so many friends – he would travel any distance to share his songs and stories. It was always a struggle to persuade him to raise our Ceilidh-band’s fees in line with inflation – we knew very well that Brian would rather play for nothing than not play at all . ..

Despite his steadfast refusal to get involved in new-fangled stuff like Emails and Websites, I think Brian would have been genuinely amazed at the many messages of love and affection for him which have appeared on international Folk Forums like Mudcat Café. . .

Long after the Broadside Band “retired from active service”, Brian
continued to travel, sing and play, not just in his beloved Lincolnshire, but all over the country, from Scotland down to Cornwall, at gatherings of traditional singers and musicians.

Brian’s voice has not been silenced – it lives on, in the many old songs which he loved so much, and brought back to life in his performances.


Folk Camp Bursaries

The Ambassador Bursary scheme is open to people aged between 18 and 29 and it offers the chance to attend a Folk Camps holiday for the price of the deposit - £20. Holidays range from workshop weekends to fully catered week-long camps.

Folk Camps Society is a charity that has been running for more than 50 years, whose aim is to preserve and pass on the folk traditions of the British Isles. With an emphasis on participation and creating a community, we offer a variety of camping holidays across Britain, where volunteer staff help organise and lead musical activities, with daily workshops, singarounds and ceilidhs. As well as offering a virtually free holiday, this could be a chance for people to expand their repertoire, increase their mentoring skills and network with others involved in the folk world.

If you have any queries, you can get in touch with the bursary team by emailing Detailed information and application forms are available on our website at

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New venue for Bootleggers Dance Team

Bootleggers Appalachian Dance Team will be moving to new premises on Wednesday the 30th October and in future practices will be split into 2 hour sessions to accommodate both new dancers and those who want to practice more advanced routines.

Practices will be at Kimberley’s School of Performing Arts at South Leys Campus Enderby Road, Scunthorpe, DN17 2JL. (part of the old Riddings/South Leys School Campus). There is plenty of free off-road parking and even more importantly – a new semi-sprung floor!!!

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Lincolnshire Sings

Community choirs and choral groups across Lincolnshire are invited to contribute to a mapping project which will enable opportunities for people to sing for fun to be identified and signposted.

Choral ensembles, glee and folk clubs, social singers, barbershop choruses and amateur operatic groups in addition to church, gospel and community choirs are all invited to join the ‘Lincolnshire Sings!’ register, which is being managed by soundLINCS on behalf of Lincolnshire Music Service. Participating organisations are simply asked to complete a short questionnaire: the mapping and dissemination of the information provided is then monitored by the soundLINCS team in accordance with the guidelines of the Data Protection Act.

‘We’re looking forward to hearing from hundreds of choirs from all over Lincolnshire!’ says soundLINCS CEO Nikki-Kate Heyes. ‘Their feedback will enable us to build a resource which will not only show how much singing goes on in our communities, but which may ultimately influence funding decisions, encourage new singers and help identify performance opportunities. It could even lead to choirs sharing their enthusiasm with others, whether by working with local schools or with other music-making groups.’

The initiative is an extension of the ‘Lincoln Sings’ project (see group Facebook page) which has already established that there are more open choirs than supermarkets in Lincoln city alone.

For more details on ‘Lincolnshire Sings!’ and a copy of the questionnaire, please e-mail soundLINCS is a community music organisation operating across the East Midlands.

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New Singers Night for Scunthorpe.

A New Singers night starts at the Malt Shovel, Ashby (Scunthorpe) on Wednesday October 30th. 2013 and monthly after that on the last Wednesday.

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New Club in Brookenby

Introducing a new club and venue at the Limelight Theatre, Kent Road, Brookenby LN8 6ET. We Performers of any genre are welcome at this purpose built theatre in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The first event is Saturday 5th October starting at 8.00 pm and thereafter on the first Saturday of the month. The theatre has a capacity for about 80 seats, but is nevertheless an intimate setting with the benefit of a first class sound system. There is also a licensed bar in the building with drinks at club prices. Further details contact Tony Price on 07833 551209.

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Junior Clog Dance Champion

Themis Bacon, 13, the 2013 Junior Clog dance champion, Best Junior Male Dancer and winner in two solo categories and a team event, with his brother Alexis, 11, also a triple prizewinner, being presented with their medals and trophies bythe Mayor and Mayoress of Fleetwood at the recent Lancashire and Cheshire Clog Dance Championships.Both started morris and clog dancing with Leverton Academy's after-school group taught by members of Retford's Rattlejag Morris and Duke's Dandy Step Clog dance sides and now represent the Rattlejiggers team.This year they have also performed at Leverton Windmill bi-centenary, Southwell Folk Festival and Skipton Clogfest and last year Themis visited Germany as a soloist with Rattlejag Morris.

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Folk-Song Study Day: Drill Hall Lincoln, Saturday 7th September 2013, 9.30am – 5.00pm

As one of only ten venues, Lincoln has been selected to stage a prestigious event as part of a national campaign to re-connect us with our English musical heritage. Supported by a Lottery Grant, a huge collection of songs, words and music, together with a mass of correspondence has been made available on the internet through the Full English Project. Most of the songs, mainly collected in the early years of the last century, have never been published. Amongst them are the dozens of songs collected by Percy Grainger, the famous Australian composer and pianist, in North Lincolnshire between 1905 and 1908. The series of study-days around the country has been arranged to draw attention to the Project and to give people the opportunity to find out more about it.

Leading the study-day at the Drill Hall in Lincoln will be Steve Roud. Creator of the internationally-renowned Folk Song Index, Steve is co-author of the recently-published New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs as well as several major works on English folkways and customs. There will be the chance to hear rare recordings, view archive film footage and find out much more about the online treasure house that is the Full English Project. Assisting him will be Ruairidh Greig, who lives in the County and has spent many years researching its own musical traditions.

Full details of how to book your place at this event, which costs only £10 (including tea and coffee) are available on the Drill Hall website.

Further information is available from Frances Watt at the English Folk Dance and Song Society:

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Dave & Julie Evardson on You Tube

Although they are not performing these days, Dave & Julie's music is available to download from CD Baby. They have also started putting their songs on to You Tube, starting with North Wall, one of daves most popular songs at The photographs of Grimsby Docks were taken in June 2009.

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Lincolnshire Folk Autumn Event

This year's Lincolnshire Folk Autumn Event will take place at Gainsborough Old Hall on 22nd September (1 - 4.30 p.m.). There will be a special performance by the Coleby Plough Jag to add to the fun. If you intend to come along and perform, please ontact 01427 838726, so that you can be added to the list for free admission to the building.

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Musicians Wanted

My name is Kenn Gordon and around 3 years ago I retired from Professional Music mainly due to ill health. That said and done I miss playing music with other musicians. I have a background in Irish Folk and just want to do it for FUN rather than the big bucks. I live in the Boston area of Lincolnshire and I would say I am a rusty Rhythm Guitarist of mature years lol. I want to keep Folk music alive. 01205359207

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New Session in Goulceby

A new session is starting at the Three Horseshoes, Goulceby, LN11 9WA on the first Thursday of every month. It will be a traditional folk session, mainly instrumental. The first session will be on July 4th 2013, at 8 for 8.30.

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Horncastle Session Closes

The Red Lion session in Horncastle is about to close with the planned closure of the venue. They will be holding a final leaving session on Friday 31st May. A search is in hand for a replacement venue, watch this space for further news.

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Beverley Folk Festival Annual Promotion Day

On Saturday 11th May between 10.30am and 2.30pm, a selection of artists appearing at this year’s Beverley Folk Festival, will once again be hitting Beverley town centre Cafés giving taster performances of what the public can expect to hear at the festival’s 30th anniversary celebrations this June.

A variety of artists will be taking part in the popular annual event ‘The Festival Café Run’ including: Vinnie Whitehead, Nick Rooke, Ben Parcell and Nikki Airey. Café’s where artists can be found are: Vanilla’s, Café Nero, Rolando’s, Costa Coffee, Lempicka, Dine on The Rowe, Ask, Browns and The Poppy Seed.

The festival can also be found in Beverley’s Saturday Market the same day from 10.00am at the market’s charity stall where full information about this year’s landmark event will be available and organisers and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

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The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has opened applications for its second round of creative residencies for professional artists from all sectors. The scheme is open to individuals or groups who want to explore their creative potential and English folk traditions by undertaking a residencyat Cecil Sharp House in London to research and develop new work.

EFDSS is encouraging professional artists in all genres - from classical composers and contemporary dancers to poets, musicians or visual artists,not just those currently working within the folk arts - to apply. The society is particularly keen to hear from artists who are interested in
exploring the potential of working cross-genre, cross-arts, or cross-culture to create work that has the potential to tour.

The creative artist residencies form part of EFDSS’ Aspire Programme, which is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation ,to provide artistic support and professional development to emerging artists. The residencies includes the use of rehearsal rooms at Cecil Sharp House grants of up to £2,000 to cover costs and expenses; performance space for sharing the results; and support for future development of the work.


For more information or to apply for a creative residency, go to

The deadline for completed applications is Tuesday 28 May 2013, for residencies to be taken between September 2013 and March 2014. A decisionwill be made public late June/early July 2013. Completed applications can be returned to via email to or toCecil Sharp House, 2 Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY.

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Volunteer Community Event Organisers wanted for Our Big Gig Events

Superact are looking to recruit 275 volunteers across the country to act as Community Event Organisers for a new project called "Our Big Gig". These volunteers 27 of whom will be based here in the East Midlands will run local live music events in their communities, which will take place between Thursday 11th & Sunday 14th July 2013. This new annual event aims to bring communities together to celebrate their local musical talents and encourage people who are new to music making to give it a go.
The event is inspired by the Bandstand Marathon, which culminated in being the largest closing event of the London 2012 Festival. Our Big Gig will extend that project so that the events can take place both indoors and outdoors, while outdoor events will no longer be restricted to bandstands it is hoped that some of the events will still want to make use of these wonderful historic structures. Local communities can select the day and time that best suits their needs to hold their event, although it must take place for a minimum of 4 hours between Thursday 11th and Sunday 14th July. Each event must also provide free admission to the public.
All the Our Big Gig events will be organised by local volunteers who are based in their communities but this year they will have support to plan their event from Superact’s Regional Managers. The successful volunteer Community Event Organisers will receive a grant of £400 towards their event, plus a package of marketing materials (posters, a banner and a t-shirt), PR support including having their event listed and promoted on the Our Big Gig website, and access to regional training opportunities supported by an Our Big Gig Event Organisers Toolkit.
For more information about Our Big Gig in the East Midlands please contact : Jenny Collins Superact Regional Manager for the East Midlands Phone : 07415 799582 E-Mail : Web :

Leverton Windmill’s 200th Year of Milling

Rattlejag Morris has collaborated with North Leverton Windmill trustees to bring a Day of Dance to their 200th Year celebration Dance, Music and Craft Fair on Saturday 11th May. This historic windmill has been continuously milling for all that time for the villages of North and South Leverton, Habblesthorpe and Sturton-le-Steeple in north Nottinghamshire and is well worth a visit. Recently renovated, the mill is operated by a charitable trust and needs all the support it can get to keep operating in the future.

Starting at 12 noon the visiting dance sides will meet up at the North Leverton's Royal Oak pub, after which they will progress to the windmill in Mill Lane, just outside the village, to present an afternoon of English traditional dancing until c. 5.00 pm. At 1.00 pm, the Fair opens with the Leverton Stompers, a group of local schoolchildren taught morris and clog dances by members of Rattlejag. They will be joined by Rattlejag, Harthill Morris, Three Shires Garland and Clog,
Tatterfoals Morris and Dukes Dandy Step Clog who will entertain fair-goers outside the windmill.

Alongside guided tours of the windmill itself, there will be a field full of interesting craft and other stalls and entertainments. Following the dance displays, there will be a Hog Roast, music and lots of refreshments. Springhead Brewery ales will also be available. Looks like a good day is promised!

Further details can be had from James on 07968 969425 especially if you would like to have a stall on the day at no cost, just a donation is hoped for – space is still available. Or check out the website at

April 2013

Graeme Miles

Farewell to the ‘King of songwriters’

Visit any folk club and you will probably hear a Graeme Miles song. This wonderful and unique songwriter who has died aged 77 has left a wonderful legacy that should not be allowed to disappear. That his songs about industrial Teesside and the beautiful surrounding countryside of the Cleveland hills and North York Moors should leave such a lasting impression on the world is a great testimony to the talent of this shy yet hugely influential genius. And what a legacy: Sea Coal, Blue Sunset, Over Yonder Banks, Ring of Iron, Waiting for the Ferry, Westerdale, Farndale Daffodils and so many more - all masterpieces recorded and performed everywhere. At the funeral of my twin brother Roderick in Florida in January, two of Graeme’s songs were played – Along the Guisborough Road and My Eldorado. They were among Rod’s favourite songs.
Although Graeme became a son of Ironopolis (Middlesbrough) he was born in Greenwich, London, but moved to Billingham-on-Tees with his family when he was four. An early influence was the nearby Greatham marshes. His first poem, Sea Coal, about Hartlepool, written when he was 14, later became a highly acclaimed song – the definitive version arguably being that of The Wilson Family who knew Graeme well.
The young Graeme was also greatly influenced by the industrialised Tees plain, seeing a beauty in the blast furnaces, steelworks, river and docks that others did not. But he was equally drawn to the nearby lovely Cleveland hills and moors and it si perhaps it here where he was at his most lyrical, inspiration such superb songs as Westerdale, Horumarye, Farndale Daffodils, Fair Rosedale and Lapwing’s Feather. But he could write a song about any topic.
Graeme studied at West Hartlepool Art School, a colleague being film director Ridley Scott. After hearing the traditional songs of Tyneside Graeme visited Middlesbrough library and inquired if there was a similar collection for Teesside only to be met with a blank stare. He then set himself a twenty-year task to create one and succeeded magnificently, writing his last songs in 1974. He wrote hundreds of songs but is perhaps especially remembered for the industrial and moorland compositions which were created through shrewd observation and personal experience. Graeme worked in a local foundry and was a warden at Westerdale youth hostel on the moors; he was a stonebreaker in a moorland quarry and drew the exhibits at a Middlesbrough museum. His employment enabled him to chronicle a life in Teesside now long gone but thankfully remembered in his work. No one was better qualified than he to leave such a collection. And on so many other subjects as well: the knocking down of the old Middlesbrough (The Wrecking Gangs), the ocean (The Old Man of the Sea), The Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ (Smoke over Belfast) are only a few. There can be no higher accolade than for his songs to be accepted and sung in so many places in so many countries and by so many people. He has been described by singer Martyn Wyndham-Read as ‘the King of songwriters’ which he was, but he was more than that. He was an active member of Middlesbrough Little Theatre. His superb drawings of work could adorn any reputable art gallery. He was a storywriter, poet and raconteur who could reduce people to tears of laughter. He sang, and played many musical instruments. A keen member of the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s, he helped to found Stockton Folk Club which continues to this day. He worked with Peggy Seeger when Charles Parker asked him down to Birmingham in 1963. Two of his songs were later used in Ewan MacColl’s Landmark series produced by Phillip Donnellan.
Two books of his songs have been brought out: Forgotten Songs Remembered and Songscapes – the latter a collaboration with Billingham photographer Robin Dale. His ability to put into song the beauty he saw in industrial Teesside was a seminal influence on other local songwriters such as Vin Garbutt. His work was recognised in November 2012 when he received the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Gold Badge, given for outstanding achievement, an award which he coveted. It was a very proud night. Latterly, he was a member of The Ironopolis Singers and wrote two shows for the group, Songs of Ironopolis and Purple Acres.
Please keep singing his songs. His one wish always was for them to be heard and sung and his like will not come again.
Graeme died in Teesside Hospice, Middlesbrough, on March 29 2013 after a two-year battle with myloma.

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