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With an aim of celebrating the cultural and musical heritage of Hartlepool, as well as bringing some fantastic talent to the region, the inaugural Hartlepool Folk Festival looks set to be a real highlight of the autumn festival calendar. Held at a variety of venues across Hartlepool from Friday 16th until Sunday 18th October, established names rub shoulders with up and coming newbies, with fans of everything from traditional styles to anti-folk well catered for.

Big name performers include folk legends Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick, modern protest singer Vin Garbutt, traditional dance music enthusiast Chris Wood, Teesside’s favourite harmony singers The Wilsons, winners of BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Talisk and the melancholic sounds of Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker among many others.

There’s also a strong community focus celebrating the wider region – Sea:Coal is the culmination of a project which encouraged songwriters, including Chumbawamba’s Boff Whalley and Scottish composer Kate Young, to take inspiration from the new Durham Coastal Path from Hartlepool to Seaham; while Come All Ye Bold Miners celebrates the region’s mining songs with performances from protest song writer Dick Gaughan, Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band and a host of North East singers; Northumbrian pipes, cello, harp and fiddle come to the fore in A Lindisfarne Gospel; and celebrating the legacy of folk clubs, One Night in Birtley also features several special local guests.

Workshops, talks, film screenings and a food market will also be on offer throughout the weekend, with a variety of ticketing options available.

Hartlepool Folk Festival takes place at various venues in the town from Friday 16th until Sunday 18th October.

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