MUSIC lovers are in for a treat when a group of youngsters aiming to revive the folk, song and dance traditions of Teesdale take to the stage for the first time.

The young musicians have formed folk band Cream Tees and have spent a year practising under the watchful eye of Tyneside fiddle player Hinny Pawsey.

The group's debut performance takes place at 7.30pm in The Hub, Barnard Castle, on Friday, November 30.

The youth folk band was set up by the Music at the Heart of Teesdale (M@HoT) project.

M@HoT's Rosie Cross said: “This performance will mark the first birthday of the project. From the beginning we were keen to find a space for any young person who is really passionate about learning traditional music.

“We’ve got a really good group of 20 talented and enthusiastic young musicians who have worked hard to learn the tunes by ear in the folk tradition.”

M@HoT project co-ordinator Neil Diment added: “We hope this will be the first of several performances for Cream Tees in the New Year, with appearances at the Hexham Gathering and Newbiggin Chapel in the pipeline.”

Tickets for the performance – £6 for adults, £4 for children, £16 for a family – are available from The Hub and The NeST, in Barnard Castle, or direct from Neil Diment on 01833 638263, email

The Music at the Heart of Teesdale project is part of the wider Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership.