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Folk traditions rub alongside maritime history at Hartlepool Folk Festival from Friday 13th until Sunday 15th October, as a host of traditional and contemporary folk musicians head to Hartlepool’s history quay for a weekend of music, workshops, talks, dance displays and sessions.

Performers of note include Bellowhead’s Jon Boden, UK folk royalty Martin & Eliza Carthy, an exclusive performance from Americana legend Tim Eriksen, collaborative project The Furrow Collective, Teesside stalwarts The Wilsons, folk innovator Jim Moray, vocal trio Lady Maisery, songwriter and activist Grace Petrie, Newcastle’s Anglo-American folk duo Cath & Phil Tyler, harmonica and accordionist duo Will Pound & Eddy Jay and many more.

Festival goers can also enjoy storytelling sessions from BBC Radio Tees broadcaster Bob Fischer, who delves into North East folklore and legends and an exhibition from Robin Dale featuring 1970s photos of the region complemented by songs written about the area by Teesside legend Graeme Miles.

Another particular highlight celebrates the 125th anniversary of The Barrack Room Ballads, Rudyard Kipling’s series of songs and poems on the Victorian British Army. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of English folk singer Peter Bellamy’s celebrated album of the songs and in a special show Jon Boden, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, The Wilsons and Damien Barber offer new interpretations of the songs, with newly arranged music and readings from Kipling’s work by actor and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli.

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