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Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 14.43.10SOME of the country’s most respected names in folk will come together to celebrate the life and music of Graeme Miles, one of the finest songwriters of his generation.

The Unthanks, the Wilsons and the Young’uns plus special guests Eliza Carthy and The Keelers will perform at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Friday, February 12. There is a further concert at Band on the Wall in Manchester featuring many of the artists on Saturday, February 13.

Graeme Miles was a one-man folk tradition. A contemporary of Ewan MacColl, Miles wrote hundreds of songs about Teesside, finding poetry and beauty in the industrial landscape of Middlesbrough and the surrounding Cleveland hills and dales.

Following his passing in 2013, The Unthanks, Wilsons and Young’uns committed to biennial concerts to celebrate and explore his work, and to raise money for the Graeme Miles Bursary. The bursary (in association with EFDSS) provides development opportunities for young North East artists.

This year, the proceeds of both concerts will be shared between the bursary and the Redcar Steelworkers Fund, a cause close to the hearts of all the performers. They were keen to take the opportunity to do something positive for local communities who have been so badly affected by the recent closures.

Middlesbrough Town Hall Business Development Manager Rob Guest said: “The Unthanks and the Young’uns played a stunning concert at the Town Hall in March this year so we are delighted to be able to welcome them back next year to celebrate the wonderful songs of Graeme Miles together with other great folk artists such as The Wilsons and Eliza Carthy.”

A Celebration of Graeme Miles featuring The Unthanks, The Wilsons, The Young’uns, Eliza Carthy and The Keelers is at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Friday, February 12 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £14 in advance or £16 on the door.

To book or for further information, call Middlesbrough Town Hall Box Office on 01642 729 729 or book online at www.middlesbroughtownhallonline.co.uk

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