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New to the North East folk scene: Folklub Newcastle

A new folk club with big ambitions is launching in 2020 in Newcastle. Folklub Newcastle hopes to be a place where up and coming folk and roots talent sits perfectly alongside prodigious names from the UK folk scene. Launching during an opening festival weekend on 7-8 February, Folklub Newcastle will take on the format of its successful counterpart and north-of-the-border inspiration, Folkclub Glasgow, which presents three-to-four gigs throughout the year, and attracts a younger audience than might be typically found in clubs elsewhere.

Making its home at Newcastle city centre’s Alphabetti Theatre, this incarnation of Folklub, which is supported by Arts Council England, will offer audiences the opportunity to see top-drawer folk acts in an intimate setting while also giving a platform to burgeoning local talent. The debut Folklub Newcastle line-up includes BBC Young Folk Award winner, Maddie Morris; North East trio, Katie Doherty and the Navigators; BBC Young Folk Award finalists, Janice Burns and Jon Doran; folk world luminary, Jack Rutter; and progressive folk sextet, Pons Aelius. There will also be a Sword Dancing workshop with Newcastle Kingsmen, which is open to anyone over 10 years old.

It is the hope of Folklub founder, Dave Gray, that a new audience will see Folklub as a welcoming entry point to the folk scene. He says: “The idea is that Folklub Newcastle will appeal to everybody. We’re making sure it will be really accessible and welcoming in a venue that’s really easy to get to in the centre of the city. As well as attracting some of the folk scene’s biggest touring artists, Folklub will provide a stage and opportunity for many aspiring folk musicians in the North East while also creating a family of folk musicians and support within the larger community of the traditional music scene. We want Folklub to be a brand people recognise and associate with quality, talent and good times.”

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