Music at the Heart of Teesdale is reviving the folk music, song, and dance traditions of Teesdale.

The Music at the Heart of Teesdale project — M@HoT for short — began in 2012 and has four main areas of activity, each of which you can view by clicking the links below:

  • Cream Tees  M@HoT’s youth folk band, for young people aged 8–18.
Cream Tees performing at the Hexham Gathering in May 2016, led by tutor Ian Stephenson (Photo by Rupert Philbrick)

Cream Tees performing at the Hexham Gathering in May 2016, led by tutor Ian Stephenson
(Photo by Rupert Philbrick)

Teesdale Longsword Dance team performing their Penshaw dance on the garden stage at Sidmouth in August 2016 (Photo by Neil Diment)

Teesdale Longsword Dance team performing their Penshaw dance on the garden stage at Sidmouth in August 2016
(Photo by Neil Diment)

  • Community Choir M@HoT’s hopes of starting up a community choir in Barnard Castle to sing local folk songs has not so far met with much success. However, other opportunities for young singers in Teesdale are becoming available. Visit this page to check on the latest information.
  • Teesdale Folk Database  A database of local folk music resources, such as tape recordings, handwritten manuscripts, and typed notes.
The River Tees, near Mickleton (Photo courtesy Heart of Teesdale landscape partnership.)

The River Tees, near Mickleton (Photo courtesy Heart of Teesdale landscape partnership.)

The project was set up in 2011 as part of the wider ‘Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership’ which was supported by Barnard Castle Vision, Durham County Council and the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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