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Hield of dreams

Fay Hield imbues her folk music with an ethereal, almost mystical magic, which absolutely beguiles. She’s playing both Redcar and Middlesbrough this April.

Fay Hield’s ‘Wrackline’ is one of my favourite folk albums of recent times. Its tracks take traditional stories involving the ‘otherworld’ of fairies, ghosts and the animal kingdom, and then they explore our emotional responses to the space between their realm and our own. Of it she comments: “We all search to connect with others – we are entranced by those we cannot connect with and find ways to tell their stories to explain our own.” Heild was born and raised in Yorkshire and became part of the famous Bacca Pipes Folk Club in Keighley. She has released several solo albums, and has also worked extensively with some of the biggest names in British folk including Rob Harbron (English Acoustic Collective) and Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead). She also remains one of the country’s most potent live performers and it’s great news her latest tour includes two dates in the region. GM

Fay Hield: Tuesday 23 April, Redcar Borough Park Bowling Club, 7.45pm, £10,; Wednesday 24 April, Middlesbrough Town Hall, 8pm, £16,