Newbiggin Concert to Mark End of a Busy Summer for Cream Tees

Press Release, 22 November 2012
The UK’s oldest Methodist Chapel in continuous use is set to host a concert by the youngest, most enthusiastic youth folk band in Teesdale later in the month. The Music at the Heart of Teesdale project’s Cream Tees will be joined by some special guests when they play at Newbiggin Chapel on Saturday, 29th June with a concert starting at 5pm.

It’s been a busy summer programme for these talented young musicians, with four gigs down and just one to go for the local youth folk band. Since their inception just over a year ago, the group has steadily been gaining momentum and earned themselves an active schedule of events this summer.

Cream Tees play for Maypole dances at Ovington

“Capt. Mike” Bettison urging on Cream Tees’ performance in the sunshine for the Maypole dances at Ovington.

Starting with the famous maypole dance at Ovington on the 6th May, Cream Tees provided a wonderful backdrop to the children skipping around the pole with colourful red and blue ribbons. This “Gig on the Green” also marked their first outing in their new band T-shirts, which they had printed with the help of textile designer and former NeST Manager, Catherine Howard, and a chance to try their hand at playing in the great outdoors.

Cream Tees performing in Abbey Gardens at Hexham Gathering 2013

Cream Tees perform in the Abbey Gardens, Hexham Gathering, May 2013. (Photo by Nigel Fletcher.)

Their next gig took place a couple of weeks later at the Hexham Gathering, billed as “England’s biggest folk music festival for young performers”. Organised by Folkworks of The Sage, Gateshead and the Queens Hall, Cream Tees played four sets at different locations around the town in the brilliant sunshine throughout the day to appreciative audiences. They were expertly guided by their tutor, Hinny Pawsey, a graduate of Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music degree.

Cream Tees led by Hinny Pawsey at Hexham Gathering

Cream Tees, led by tutor Hinny Pawsey, perform at the bandstand for the Hexham Gathering. (Photo by Neil Diment.)

On Saturday, 8th June Cream Tees were back at it again, playing at the Durham Regatta. As the rowers raced by, the crowd sat lazing in the sunshine on the banks of the River Wear were treated to local tunes from the band’s expanding repertoire including the “Durham Reel” and “Jamie Allen”. This was followed by a performance at the Gainford Big Weekend on Saturday 22nd June, with a rousing set to match the Medieval flavour of the event which featured battle re-enactments by the group “Dawn of Chivalry”.

Neil Diment, M@HoT project co-ordinator said, “Over time, we hope that as our young musicians gain in confidence, they will able to perform at more gigs like these and also gain a deeper respect for the traditional folk music from this beautiful Teesdale area, inspiring others to value our cultural heritage as well.”

If you want to catch Cream Tees at Newbiggin before their well-earned summer break, entry is free to the concert which promises an afternoon of folk and traditional music from Teesdale and beyond. The Chapel Ladies will be providing delicious home-made real cream teas (the edible variety!) at the end, in return for a donation towards M@HoT and Chapel funds. Be sure to arrive early to be sure of a good seat and scone!