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Image: The Unthanks by Sarah Mason

As part of the Great Exhibition of the North, Sage Gateshead is hosting Folk On The Tyne on Saturday 28th July. Folk’s a tricky genre to pin down at the best of times, although the line-up doesn’t veer too far from most people’s conception of it (no real wild cards here).

It’s with pleasing inevitability that the big ticket for the day is a performance by The Unthanks, who’ve probably done more than any act to draw attention to the folk traditions of the North East while simultaneously pushing the envelope of what folk can be, arriving at something powerful and magnificent that’s gained an audience who’d never dream of heading to Sidmouth Folk Festival. Support for the evening comes from Teesside’s The Young’uns, whose sparse but uplifting songs have won them a shelf full of awards of late. Also on the bill and keeping it Teesside are The Wilson Family, a veteran vocal group (40 years plus) with a strong grounding in the tradition. Earlier in the evening, Hall Two hosts Backbone Of Our Land, an investigation of Northern identity hosted by Peter Brewis and Degna Stone, with poets and folk musicians like Bella Hardy, Andrew McMillan and Kim Moore.

There are also workshops, showcases and child-friendly events throughout the day, on the concourse and elsewhere, before The Monster Ceilidh Band round things off with a free performance of what they’re calling ‘electrofolkmaggeddon’.

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