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Sage Gateshead hosts a world-record attempt 24 Hour-Folk-Session and anyone can take part

Posted on 29 May 2014

Gateshead’s world-record attempt of the decade is coming! Folkies from all over the country will converge on Sage Gateshead from10am on Saturday 7th of June 2014 to begin a never-before-attempted 24 Hour-Folk-Session and absolutely everyone is welcome to come and take part.

In December 2014 Sage Gateshead celebrates its 10th Birthday and this mammoth session is one of the 10th Birthday Appeal activities in store in 2014. The venue’s founding partners, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Folkworks are both taking up challenges to support the appeal. Seven members of Royal Northern Sinfonia are putting their professional reputations on-line with a sponsored Grade-1-athon and 24Hours of Folk is Folkworks’ charity event. Arts Council England have set Sage Gateshead the challenge of raising £4million by July 2015 in order to claim an additional £2 million in match funding and you can help us achieve this by getting involved in one or both of these ambitious events.

Scores of participants have already signed up to attempt the full 24 hours. This intrepid feat illustrates just how important Sage Gateshead and Folkworks are to the musical community, and it really is a unique opportunity for anyone to support music and music-making in the region by coming along and joining in.

Some of the country’s finest talents, from The Unthanks and Fran Smith through to Sam Sweeney and Rachael McShane of Bellowhead fame have come through the Folkworks Summer School – many of those are taking part in the session, alongside current Folkworks participants. Amongst others supporting the event are Alistair Anderson, Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson, Jim Boyle and Dave Gray, Jim Moray, Taffy Thomas, The Demon Barbers, The Rachel Hamer Band, The Teacups and The Unthanks.

Jim Boyle and Dave Gray said: “Folkworks is the reason we’re playing together today…and we feel this is a great thing to do to help give that opportunity to other people.”

All are welcome to be part of what promises to be a fun and memorable session, playing along with the tunes, singing, dancing, story-telling or even just watching. Food is provided for participants, and when the folkies parade across to Gateshead Old Town Hall for the night-time leg of the session there will be a special custom blend of 24Hours-of-Folk Wylam Ale on tap.

Come one, come all! Bring your fiddle, your clogs, your bunting or just yourself, but come to the 24Hours-of-Folk world-record-attempt so you can say to the next generation of folkies “I was there!”

For further information on 24Hours of Folk and the other 10th Birthday Appeal activities or to register to take part simply contact Adam Cooper on:
0191 443 4628 or e-mail:


Media Contact: Michele McCallion, Marketing and Communications Manager, 0191 443 4573 |

Notes to editors:
Royal Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead, the UK’s only full-time chamber orchestra, has built a distinctive reputation as a fresh-thinking and versatile orchestra. The orchestra was founded in 1958 by BBC musicologist and producer Michael Hall. The Queen bestowed the title of ‘Royal’ on Northern Sinfonia in 2013, recognising it as one of the UK’s finest orchestras – the first time any UK orchestra has been so honoured for over twenty years.

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