Fiddlers free-for-all at folk festival

Three-year-old violinist Hazel Fox.
Three-year-old violinist Hazel Fox.
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BODRANS will bang and violins sing as leading folk bands head to Wearside on the next bank holiday weekend.

Sunderland University has announced details of its involvement in the first Sunderland Folk Festival, the largest music event of its kind in the region.

Organised by Sunderland City Council, the festival will see various areas around the Sir Tom Cowie Campus, at St Peter’s, opened up as performance spaces for musicians over three days

Sharon Olver, the university’s commercial services manager, said: “The Sunderland Folk Festival will be the biggest event of its kind in the North East and we are delighted to play a part in ensuring its success.

“Visitors to the festival will be able to make the most of the campus facilities on offer at St Peter’s, including the National Glass Centre and Northshore and enjoy the wonderful riverside location.”

Other venues taking part include the Independent club, Mowbray Park, The Bridges Shopping Centre, the Marina and key spots along the Wear.

Ms Olver said the venues will be transformed into a “musical folk haven for families, the young, the old, folk connoisseurs and folk novices alike”.

The Peatbog Faeries, Cara Dillon, The Doonan Family Big Band, Jez Lowe and Billy Mitchell are among a number of leading bands and performers expected to attract thousands of fans into the city.

As well as performances, there will be workshops and masterclasses at the university for people to enjoy, share and improve their own performing or song-writing skills alongside leading musicians and artists.

l The event runs from August 27 to 29.

Tickets range from £10 to £45 with concession rates available with weekend/workshop tickets £75.

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