The Music at the Heart of Teesdale project is supported by Blaize Community Arts and affiliated to the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS).
Blaize is a community arts organisation which aims to bring the very best in quality theatre, music and dance, among lots other things, straight to the heart of local communities.
M@HoT is affiliated with the English Folk Dance and Song Society which, as the national folk arts development organisation for England, champions the English traditional arts – including music, song and dance – as part of the rich and diverse cultural landscape of the UK. M@HoT worked with EFDSS’ The Full English project, which aims to introduce a new audience to folk music, dance and song; what EFDSS do nationally, we are trying to do locally in Teesdale!
M@HoT is really proud to have formed a strong working partnership with staff and students on the Folk & Traditional Music degree course at Newcastle University. For the past two years final years students have come down from Newcastle to run Jamming sessions for our young Cream Tees musicians once a fortnight at The Hub, as well as leading us in several gigs.
A purpose-built, green-roofed, eco youth and community centre, The Hub is our spiritual home providing a wide range of recreational, musical and educational opportunities to the young people of Teesdale in particular.
Since reopening in 2013, The Witham, along with the Dispensary Café, have been strong supporters of youth folk music in particular as part of a thriving artistic and cultural programme that showcases contemporary folk music.