PRESS RELEASE

 June 11 2013

 A Celebration of Graeme Miles – two special concerts to celebrate the life of a great singer songwriter

 Featuring The Unthanks, The Wilsons, The Young’uns, Martyn Wyndham Read and Iris Bishop, Mike Nicholson, and Robin Dale.

Some of the country’s most respected names in folk will come together to celebrate the life of Graeme Miles, one of the finest songwriters of his generation who died earlier this year.

Artists will come together at Saltburn Theatre in Teeside on Friday 22nd November, and to Cecil Sharp House in London on Saturday November 23, including The Unthanks, The Wilsons, The Young’uns, Martyn Wyndham-Read and Iris Bishop, Mike Nicholson, and Robin Dale.

Proceeds from the evening will be shared between Teesside Hospice and the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s (EFDSS) Future of Folk Fund, to provide professional development for a young artist from the north east of England in memory of Graeme Miles.

A contemporary of Ewan MacColl, Miles wrote his first song, Sea Coal, at the age of 14, and after hearing the traditional songs of Tyneside, set himself a 20-year task to create a collection for his adopted native Teesside.

Miles wrote hundreds of songs about the area, and could be regarded in that respect as a one-man folk tradition, finding poetry and beauty in the industrial landscape of Middlesbrough and the surrounding Cleveland hills and dales.

Shortly before he died, EFDSS awarded him the Gold Badge Award for outstanding achievement. With many of his songs still to be unearthed, and many of today’s folk exponents keen to shine further light on his work, the legacy that Graeme Miles leaves burns brightly.

Booking information:

A Celebration of Graeme Miles
Featuring The Unthanks, The Wilsons, The Young’uns, Martyn Wyndham Read and Iris Bishop, Mike Nicholson, and Robin Dale

Friday 22 November 2013

Saltburn Theatre

Albion Terrace  Saltburn-by-the-Sea TS12 1JW

7:30pm Ticket £15 (booking fees may apply)

http://www.seetickets.com/event/a-celebration-of-graeme-miles/saltburn-community-theatre/718426

Saturday 23 November 2013
Cecil Sharp House
Regent’s Park Road, London, NW1 7AY
7.30pm Ticket £18 (booking fees may apply)
Available from:

www.musicglue.com/cecilsharphouse
www.ticketline.co.uk | 0844 888 9991
www.gigantic.com | www.wegottickets.com

 ENDS
For further press information about the London show, please contact: Jo Cunningham (PR Manager, part time) press@efdss.org or Sophia Linehan (Marketing & Communications Director) sophia@efdss.org | +44 (0)20 7485 2206 ext.239.

More information about the artists:

The Unthanks http://www.the-unthanks.com/

The Wilsons http://www.thewilsonfamilyalbum.co.uk/

The Young’uns http://www.theyounguns.co.uk/

Martyn Wyndham Read http://www.martynwyndhamread.com/

Mike Nicholson http://www.mikenicholson.me.uk

.