Our Ken's New Solo Album - 'Portraits' - ***OUT NOW!*** Posted by Alan on 15 July 2018

Recent News


Updated: 15 July 2018

Our Ken's New Solo Album 'Portraits' ***OUT NOW!***

English Folk Dance & Song Society - Gold Badge Citation - Full Citation now available on EFDSS website

Updated: 04 June 2018

The full Citation by Kathryn Tickell is now available to view on the EFDSS website. Work is underway to have the full Presentation Concert up on the Hartlepool Folk Festival website. Watch this space!

EFDSS Gold Badge Award Announcement

Updated: 08 September 2017

We are delighted to have been awarded the prestigious English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS) Gold Badge Award. And equally delighted to be able to accept the award at a Presentation to be held on the first night of this year's Hartlepool Folk Festival, October 13th.

Summer Festivals Second Leg

Updated: 16 August 2017

The Wilson Family are back off on the road again, for the second leg of our Summer Festivals. After an excellent Saltburn, we are heading off to Whitby Folk Week, Shrewsbury & Settle over the next couple of weeks, See our gigs page for details.

Proud Teessiders and a World of Friends Bid Farewell To Vin:

Updated: 21 June 2017

Over 800 people gathered at Middlesbrough Cathedral, Friday 16th June 2017, to bid farewell to Vin. Tears of Sadness & Joy in equal measure, a bit like a Vin Concert! We think our Teesside Folky Brother would have been well chuffed. A final eulogy from Emma, Tim, Katie & Louis, finishing with Pat's words, was perfect. We'll sing our songs of Teesside with even more pride as we head into this years Festival Season, with Vin & Betsy in our thoughts and therefore a smile on our faces!....Farewell Vin, Rest In Peace..."All The Very Best"!

The Wilson's May Musical Meanderings!

Updated: 14 May 2017

Looking forward to getting out and about during May: Bury St Edmunds, May 5th, Doncaster, May 13th, Clennell Hall, Northumberland, May 21st and Chester Folk Festival, May 28th. Venue & Contact details are on the gigs page of this website. Hope to see some of you down the road in May!

A farewell to our friend Joe Stead

Updated: 09 September 2017

We were very saddened to hear of the passing of our good friend Joe Stead. A remarkable larger than life warm human being; Joe showed great belief in our singing in the early days and was in charge for our first three forays into the recording studio, producing the albums, "Aall Tegithor like the Foaks O'Shields" & "Horumarye" and the charity single "The Third World War". He was an astute producer and a wonderful character to be with. We will remember him with smiles on our faces. RIP Joe.

The Pass It On Festival: Sage Gateshead Saturday March 4th 2017

Updated: 28 February 2017

The Wilson Family are proud to have been asked to be part of the upcoming "Pass It On" Festival at Sage Gateshead, a Festival to celebrate our North East musical heritage and how we pass those songs on to our Future:

The Wilson Family 'Pass it On' Sage Gateshead Saturday 4th March 2017

Updated: 28 December 2016

Sage - 2pm Hall Two "The incredible vocal powerhouse that is the Wilson Family, have been in demand to sing on many great stages over the last few years at the Albert Hall London Proms and New York Public Theater with Sting. From Billingham, Teesside in their inimitable acapella style, they deliver songs that tell the history of the North East and further afield. In this special afternoon concert the Wilsons will focus on the songs they have collected over the past 40+ years on the folk scene both as singers and 'folk club' organizers, and how they now find themselves passing their own music on to future generations of singers!

Upcoming Gigs

Cleckheaton Folk Festival
07 July 2018 - Cleckheaton
Folk At The Barlow
20 July 2018 - Barlow Institute, Edgworth, Bolton
The Great Exhibition of The North - The Wilson Family, Unthanks & Young Uns
28 July 2018 - Sage Gateshead: With The Unthanks & The Young Uns
Saltburn Folk Festival
10 August 2018 - Saltburn-by-the-Sea
FolkEast Folk Festival
17 August 2018 - Glemham Hall Suffolk
Whitby Folk Week
18 August 2018 - Whitby
Shrewsbury Folk Festival
25 August 2018 - Shrewsbury
The Bridge Folk Club at 60 - Hall 2 Sage Gateshead
14 September 2018 - Sage Gateshead - Hall 2
The Folk Gathering
15 September 2018 - Alstonefield, Staffordshire, Peak National Park, DE6 2FR
Hartlepool Folk Festival
19 October 2018 - Hartlepool Historic Quay
Manchester Folk Festival: English Folk Expo 2018 2PM Afternoon
20 October 2018 - Manchester, 2pm - Home: Theatre 1
The Blaxhall Sessions
08 March 2019 - Blaxhall Village Hall/Blaxhall Ship, Suffolk