Main stage headliners Megson are three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards. Husband and wife duo Stu and Debbie Hanna draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. This is clear in songs such as Burn Away, taken from their brand new studio album Good Times Will Come Again: “It’s a song about steel, iron and the industrial language of the blast furnaces. The iron & steelmaking process is not the most obvious source of inspiration for a songwriter but being from Teesside it is somehow in our blood.” You can watch the video for the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrxJX7p4R_U
The Mile Roses, a contemporary British folk trio with a nod to Nashville, are fast gaining an excellent reputation across the UK folk scene, while Hartlepool-based The Jar Family are synonymous with the North East. The collective of six individual songwriters and musicians continue to build an ever-growing army of admirers as a result of their raucous and engaging live shows.
Also playing are indie folk pop trio Little Mirrors, and there’s a welcome return from Amelia Coburn following her sell out show in ARC’s studio theatre earlier this year.
A string of talented local folk musicians will also be performing in ARC’s intimate No 60 café space from 4pm. Catch acoustic sets from Ian Smith and Philip Donegan, James Kruman, James Leonard Hewitson and James Gray Robson & The Lovely Burn.
There will be a real treat for foodie fans as No 60 will be serving a delicious ‘cider and sausages’ menu, which includes an array of locally sourced sausages and a selection of English ciders from Thatchers and Westons.
Keeping with the folk music theme, tickets are also on sale for the Infinite Folk Ceilidh, led by the Blind Stag band. The ceilidh will take place on the same day from 5pm to 8pm in ARC’s theatre and is open to all the family.
Tickets for the ceilidh are included in the ticket price for Infinite Folk, but they can also be bought separately for £5 each, or a family ticket for four people costs £15.
Infinite Folk acts will play from 4pm in No 60 and will take to the main stage in The Point from 5pm, and tickets are priced at £15 advance and £17.50 on the day.
To book or for more information, contact ARC’s Box Office on 01642 525199 or visit www.arconline.co.uk.