Leveret launch Town Hall’s autumn folk programme

Folk supergroup Leveret are set to launch Middlesbrough Town Hall’s Autumn Folk and Acoustic music programme on Tuesday, September 4.

Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians – Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron – regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments.

Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.

Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble and is known for his work in Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, The Full English and his own Made In The Great War project.

Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a three-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor and Roger Daltrey.

Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective summer school and is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014), Emma Reid, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and others.

Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their albums New Anything and In The Round and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers.

Now they return with Inventions, a new album of original material that brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today’s finest tunesmiths in the folk field.

Rob Guest, Business Development Manager at Middlesbrough Town Hall, said: “We have an exciting line up of some of the finest Folk musicians in the country coming to the Town Hall this Autumn and we’re delighted that Leveret are the first act performing – don’t miss it!”

Following Leveret, the Folk and Courtoom Sessions Autumn programme continues with Kitty Macfarlane (October 5), Jim Moray (October 26), Pilgrims’ Way (November 1), John Smith (November 7), Chris Wood (November 13), Richard Grainger and Chris Parkinson (November 29) and culminates with the Albion Christmas Band (December 11).

• Leveret play Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt on Tuesday, September 4 at 8 pm. Tickets, priced £16 + booking fee are available from www.middlesbroughtownhall.co.uk or from the Box Office on 01642 729 729.