The North Sea Suite


Our special commission for 2020 is a revival of The North Sea Suite. First staged in 1986, it contained arrangements of folk and brass instruments, original and traditional music, and numerous well-loved songs to explore the impact of the sea on the lives of the people who live here on the North East coast. Originally conceived by Johnny Handle and performed by some of the region's finest musicians and singers, we are delighted to present the Suite at Hartlepool with some of the original participants, plus a few new faces, all of whom will be announced very soon.

Hearken to the Witches Rune: 50th anniversary


Dave and Toni Arthur made this iconic album in 1970, when wyrd folk was at its most Wickerman-tastic. Dave will be talking with Bob Fischer from Radio Tees, himself an expert on folk horror, about the making of the album and its spooky legacy; musical guests share some of the songs live.

What Happened to Seaton Snook?


Seaton Snook was an English village adjacent to Seaton Carew in Hartlepool, and was once a thriving community of fishermen, blacksmiths, teachers, preachers, seacoalers, murderers, lovers, musicians and magicians. There was once a church, a school, a fairground, a railway station, an Air Force baseā€¦then, in 1968, it vanished.

Join Peter Falconer to explore the hauntology of places real and imagined through his unique archive of sounds and music from an abandoned seaside town.

The Jazz Hands Cabaret


Hartlepool becomes Broadway-by-the-Sea. Come hear your favourite folk artists interpreting iconic songs from the shows, from Sondheim to Lerner & Loewe to Lin-Manuel Miranda. As always, it will be a silly, fabulous, thoroughly entertaining evening.

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