Welcome to Hartlepool Folk Festival 2019

Weekend, Day and selected event tickets are available, but they’re selling fast! Visit our Tickets page to get yours now.

Dispatches on the Red Dress wins an Edinburgh Festival ‘Fringe First’ award!

Rowan Rheingans’ first solo show, Dispatches on the Red Dress, has won a Scotsman Fringe First award. Rowan was presented with her award at the Festival by none other than Stephen Fry! She was also a shortlist winner of the Carol Tambor ‘Best of Edinburgh’ award, & shortlisted for the Filipa Braganca award for best female emerging artist.

The show has been receiving incredible reviews in the press, and Rowan’s album of music from the show, The Lines we Draw Together,  is Folk Album of the Month in The Guardian ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Read the review here

We are particularly proud to bring Dispatches on the Red Dress to Hartlepool Folk Festival, as Festival Director Joan Crump managed bids to Arts Council England and PRS Foundation’s Women Make Music fund which supported the development of both the show and the album. Joan previously played a similar role in the development of Hannah James’ JigDoll project, which previewed at the first Hartlepool Folk Festival 5 years ago. This year, we’re delighted to bring the latest iteration of that show, the JigDoll Ensemble, back to Hartlepool.

We can’t wait for Hartlepool Folk Festival audiences to see Dispatches on the Red Dress. It is beautiful, timely, important work, as well as being an utterly captivating story. You don’t want to miss it.

It’s Bagpuss!

We’re bringing you all the music and songs from British TV’s favourite children’s programme, with Sandra Kerr (the original voice of Madeline the Rag Doll) John Faulkner (the original voice of Gabriel the Toad) and Nancy Kerr & James Fagan. It’s a teatime show, under-12s go free, and little ones even get a drink and a chocolate biscuit (though not made from breadcrumbs and butterbeans). Bring the family!

New to the programme: John Hegley

A bona fide Radio 4 legend, John was in Hartlepool last October and just happened upon the festival…he was so delighted with what he found that he got in touch and asked if he could be a part of this year’s event. We’re so pleased to welcome him; he’ll be performing in his own right as well as taking part in our special commission, Your Affectionate Son.