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It’s Poolie Time over at The Studio in Hartlepool. Since the end of May, The Studio’s Facebook page has been home to the #LockDownTakeOver sessions, a weekly virtual musical treat in aid of the Poolie Time Exchange.

The Poolie Time Exchange is an organisation matching volunteers with people needing support in the local community. This helps those in need whilst giving the volunteers skills, experience and qualifications. Since the lockdown they have set up an isolation support service, cooking and distributing hot meals and emergency groceries for the vulnerable, elderly and those self-isolating without a support system.

The Studio, having been successful in being awarded a £10k business grant with the help of the Music Venue Trust, decided to redirect its efforts to raising funds for the Poolie Time Exchange. In exchange for donations, they’ve put their considerable talent-finding skills into action, with performances in July coming from Hartlepool songwriter Michael Gallagher (Saturday 4th), lo-fi experimentalists The Woven Project (Saturday 11th), Gav Price (Saturday 18th) and Sara Dennis from folky blues band Peg Powler (Saturday 25th), who will all be streaming from 6.30pm via The Studio’s Facebook page.

The #LockDownTakeOver sessions take place every Saturday on The Studio’s Facebook page

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