Welcome to Hartlepool Folk Festival 2020!!

Early Bird Tickets are now on sale – but get in quick, as they won’t be around for long! Enjoy a fabulous weekend full of dance, stories, heritage, beautiful views of the North Sea coast, and of course one of the best folk festival lineups of the year. Visit http://hartlepoolfolkfest.co.uk/tickets/

Exciting News!

We’re in the planning stages of an album of the songs, music and words from Your Affectionate Son, which will be recorded in the spring! Featuring the original cast, it will be a lovely keepsake from the show, and an equally beautiful piece of stand-alone work.

Two years ago, a parcel was discovered in an old suitcase during a house clearance in Hartlepool. In it were letters home from Illingworth George Gower, a local lad who had fought in the Great War. Though deceptively simple and sometimes even mundane, they slowly revealed the powerful reality and the devastating effects of the war on both the young men who fought and the families they left behind. A year later, Hartlepool Borough Council acquired the war effects of the Jones brothers: Theo Jones is commemorated as the first soldier of the First World War to be killed on British soil, during the German bombardment of Hartlepool in 1914 – but it wasn’t previously known that his mother also lost both of her younger sons to the war in France.

Your Affectionate Son was a new show commissioned for Hartlepool Folk Festival 2019, based on the stories of these young men. Featuring songs by Robb Johnson, spoken word by John Hegley, accompaniment by Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band, contributions from Eliza Carthy, Jackie Oates, Luke Daniels, The Wilsons, Damien Barber and Jack Worth, and arrangements by Jonny Mohun, Your Affectionate Son was produced to commemorate the centenary of the Treaty of Versailles with music, song, dance, and the real voices of the men who fought in the War to End All Wars.

Following a hugely enthusiastic reception, and many requests during the festival and since, we have decided to produce an album of the show. It will feature the original cast, all of the songs and arrangements, and lots of accompanying material in a beautifully-produced CD package. It will also be available as a digital download. Support the project and pre-order your copy here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/your-affectionate-son-album/x/15418320#/

Robb Johnson & John Hegley
Damien Barber & Mike Wilson
The Wilsons and Durham Miners Association Brass Band
Eliza Carthy
Jackie Oates
Robb Johnson and Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band
Jack Worth