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STEVE Turner began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s. He joined the Geordie band, Canny Fettle in 1970 and toured in Britain and Europe with them for eight years.

 In 1979, he won the Melody Maker “Stars of the 80s” national competition, after which he turned professional and toured internationally for 12 years until 1991.

 Steve then took a break to build up a violin business.

 He returned to singing some years ago and has received much acclaim since.

 A highly influential and popular performer, Steve has a unique repertoire and is a very talented musician.

 He’s in the North East this weekend and you can see him at the Davy Lamp in the Arts Centre, Washington on Saturday.

 Meanwhile, at the Cricket Club in Sedgefield on Saturday, the guest will be Paul Tilley, a musician/songwriter, from Grangetown near Middlesbrough. Paul mostly works solo with piano and guitar playing mainly contemporary and some of his own material.

 Voicemale is a men’s folk choir based in Morpeth, established in 2000 under the direction of Sandra Kerr.

 The choir’s repertoire includes traditional songs from around the British Isles but in particular from the North East.

 They’ll be filling the guest spot at the Rugby Club in Westoe on Sunday.

 At the Rugby Club in Guisborough, also on Sunday, you can sample the talents of Michelle Holden.

 Michelle has dabbled with various styles over the years, coming out of “the closet” in 2006 at Droylsden Folk Festival and is being seen increasingly at folk clubs around the North West.

 Tuesday, April 12, sees a performance by Scots singer and stalwart of the British folk scene, Tich Frier. It’s more than 40 years since Tich Frier started singing folk songs in his home town of Edinburgh.

 He has established an enviable reputation as a first class entertainer and for his powerful and passionate singing, accomplished guitar work and for his sense of fun. You can catch him at the South Causey Inn, Stanley.

 Guest at the Black Bull in Blaydon on April 14 will be Gavin Davenport. A former member of the excellent band, Crucible, this Sheffield singer is now making a career as a solo artist. Should be well worth seeing.