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More Folk Than You Can Handle

The Fire Station in Sunderland have a dynamic evening of folk musicianship in the offing this February, headed up by one of the real rising stars of the scene: Grace Smith.

Grace Smith really started making waves from 2015 when she played at festivals and venues right across Europe with the thrilling Monster Ceilidh Band. An exceptional fiddle and viola player, she now fronts up the Grace Smith Trio (here pictured with fellow band members Sam Partridge and Bevan Morris). This engaging trio are inspired by the traditional music of England, and audiences can expect to be immersed in a sound world where ideas become reality – forged by bellows, bow and bass. And this night promises to be a real thrill-ride as also on the bill are the National Youth Folk Ensemble. These exceptional 14-18-year-olds create their own contemporary takes on traditional music from England and beyond. Completing the line-up is Folkestra, a vibrant group of young folk musicians – based at Sage Gateshead – who play original music and new arrangements. GM

Grace Smith Trio + National Youth Folk Ensemble + Folkestra, Thursday 23 February, The Fire Station, Sunderland, 7pm, from £5.50. sunderlandculture.org.uk

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