The Wilson's May Musical Meanderings!

Updated: 23 April 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: 03 April 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 a 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!

Hartlepool Folk Festival 2016: "A Sell Out Success"!

Updated: 07 November 2016

Over 600 music fans flocked to Hartlepool Historic Quay for the 2nd Hartlepool Folk Festival, which, with it's dance displays, music sessions, singarounds, concerts...and even a Ska Ceilidh!... has been reported as a resounding success - Already looking forward to next year's Festival. As proud Patrons we would like to congratulate the Organising Team:

Two Weeks To Go! As Proud Patrons of Hartlepool Folk Festival 2016, we would urge you to go buy your ticket if you have n't already got yours....lots for everyone! See the Festival website for details:

Updated: 08 October 2016

Hartlepool Folk Festival 2016, based around the fantastic Historic Quay is just two weeks away, with a Programme of Events to suit all:

BBC Radio 2 Folk Show - Whitby Folk Week 2016

Updated: 11 September 2016

Mark Radcliffe and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show visited Whitby Folk Week 2016 and put together a wonderful record capturing the atmosphere of this great Northern Folk Festival. We joined Mark for a chat and a song aboard the replica Bark Endeavour moored on Whitby Quayside:

August Festival Run Is Underway

Updated: 31 August 2016

After a Fab Saltburn, we have arrived in Whitby ready for a good singout...already been Shanghaied by the Folks at BBC Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe Folk Show to sing on The Endeavour....Great Fun....bring on the singing!

BBC Radio 4: "Saturday Live" July 2nd 2016

Updated: 27 July 2016

The Wilson Family will be singing and chatting to Aasmah Mir & Rev Richard Coles about what we sing about where and why! The programme will be aired live from The Westovian Theatre, South Shields, from 9 am, Saturday, July 2nd 2016....should be fun:

The Wilson Family to sing songs of Teesside at the opening of two major Summer 2016 Middlesbrough Institute Of Modern Art (MIMA) Exhibitions: Saturday June 25th:

Updated: 25 June 2016

The Wilson Family are delighted to have been invited to sing at the Opening & Launch Party of two important new Exhibitions at MIMA. They address the recent closure of Redcar Steel Works, the impact on the Teesside Region and ask the question: "What Next For Teesside"? We are a resilient breed us Teessiders! We will be singing at 3.30pm

Birmingham & Devon - Two Special Concerts

Updated: 06 May 2016

The Wilson Family head south to celebrate 52 years of the famous Black Diamond Folk Club, Birmingham, Friday May 13th and then continue their journey to the south coast to perform at the Teignmouth Concerts, Saturday 14th May, venue contact details over on our gigs page:

Some Spanish Spring Sunshine for the Siblings!

Updated: 09 April 2016

We are delighted to have been asked to appear at the Costa Del Folk Festival 2016. We will be there 26th & 27th April. An added bonus is that we will have another chance to get together with our good friends, The Mighty Doonans, so soon after performing at an inspirational Families Concert at the Sage, Gateshead earlier in April:

North East Folk Families Gather at Sage Gateshead: April 7th 2016

Updated: 01 March 2016

Tickets are now on sale for this Family Gathering featuring: The Unthanks, The Doonans, The Elliotts and The Wilson Family. We got together back in 2012 for a sell-out show....and it proved to be rather enjoyable! Tickets are available from Sage Gateshead Box Office:

The Graeme Miles 2016 Bursary: Benefit Concert Details Announced

Updated: 11 December 2015

Details have been announced of two Graeme Miles Celebratory Concerts featuring The Wilsons, Unthanks, Young uns and many more. The concerts will take place at, Middlesbrough Town Hall, Feb 12th and The Band On The Wall, Manchester Feb 13th. Proceeds from the two concerts will be shared between the EFDSS Graeme Miles Bursary and The Redcar Steelworkers Fund. please see our Gigs Page for booking details at both venues:

BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking Festival Concert: The Sage Gateshead: Friday 6th November 2015

Updated: 06 November 2015

We are delighted to have been asked to perform at this year's prestigious BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival Concert. It will be held at The Sage, Gateshead, Friday 6th November 2015 8.30pm to 10.30pm and broadcast on Radio 3 that night:

Countdown To Hartlepool Folk Festival - One Week To Go!

Updated: 25 October 2015

In a week's time Hartlepool Folk Festival will be welcoming an absolutely stella line-up of Guests to their first weekend Festival. We are very proud to be the Festivals' Patrons and look forward to welcoming you along for a wonderful weekend of music, song and much going on over the weekend of 16th, 17th, 18th October...and WHAT A LINE-UP! Grab your tickets now!

Two Teesside Teasers on the Twelfth:

Updated: 01 September 2015

After an extremely enjoyable run of Festival appearances through July & August, we are delighted to be singing at two local upcoming events, both on the 12th September 2015. Firstly at the one day "Sound Of Silence Volume 1" Festival, at The Arc, Stockton-On-Tees, we will be singing at 5.30pm and later that evening, at Redcar's "Cutty Wren Folk Club" celebrating their 50th Anniversary:

Wilsons Wanderings are Underway!

Updated: 26 August 2015

Enjoying our Summer Festival Frenzy, Tamworth, Saddleworth (great to see it back) and the Wonderful Warwick Festival, Superb Sidmouth and Splendid Saltburn, our First at Fantastic FolkEast and celebrating their 50th year at Wondrous sun Worshipping Whitby!...all on top form and great fun. Next, we head to Shropshire's Pride, the Spectacular Shrewsbury Folk Festival:

The Wilson Family Summer Festival Schedule July/August 2015:

Updated: 22 July 2015

The Wilson Family will be performing at Folk Festivals throughout July & August 2015: Starting in Tamworth, Staffordshire, July 11th, and thereafter: Saddleworth: July 19th, Warwick: July 24/25/26th, Sidmouth, Devon: July 31st, Aug 1st/2nd, Saltburn: August 14/15/16th, FolkEast, Suffolk, August 21st, Whitby: August 22/23/24/25th and Shrewsbury: August 29/30/31st. See Gigs Page for full contact/ticket details.

The Wilson Family are featured in the Summer Edition of English Dance & Song, the highly regarded quarterly members' magazine of EFDSS: The English Folk Dance & Song Scociety:

Updated: 19 May 2015

The Wilson Family are featured on the front cover of EDS and are interviewed about their 40 year singing history and the origins of the song, "The Eighteenth Day Of June".

The Wilson Family: Patrons of a New Folk Festival in Hartlepool

Updated: 02 May 2015

We are delighted to have been asked to be Patrons of a brand new Folk Festival in Hartlepool. Snappily entitled "Hartlepool Folk Festival" this year it will be held October 16th, 17th & 18th and their first Guest line-up is spectacular. The Festival website went live 1st May 2015, from where Tickets are available. We hope to catch up with some of you there in Old Historic Hartlepool:

The Wilson Family: "Bringing the house down" The Journal Review: Sting: The Last Ship: The Sage Gateshead, 10th Birthday Appeal Benefit Concert

Updated: 26 April 2015

Another great review, this one from The Journal: "But the biggest cheer of the afternoon went to the Wilson Family, from Teesside......Unaccompanied and in perfect harmony, and without microphones, they sang a song called Big Steamers (words by Rudyard Kipling) and brought the house down."

Five Star Review: Sting: The Last Ship: The Sage Gateshead, 10th Birthday Appeal Benefit Concert

Updated: 26 April 2015

The Chronicle. Five Star Review The Last Ship Benefit Concert: "Sting thrills Sage Gateshead with The Last Ship performances..."

40th Anniversary Concert at The Sage Gateshead a Sell Out Sensational Success for The Seven Singing Siblings!! See Snippet Here! :

Updated: 23 June 2015

After a two hour show by brothers Tom, Chris, Steve, Ken & Mike, including an audio/visual tribute to the late Graeme Miles and several surprise Guest Appearances; all seven singing siblings took to the stage for a finale that will live long in our memories....we are already looking forward to our 50th Anniversary Celebration! Thanks and thanks again to all who came along and helped with our celebration, wonderful! Finale Footage Here:

The Wilson Family join Sting at Three Special Benefit Concerts at The Sage Gateshead: April 24th & 25th 2015

Updated: 13 April 2015

Brothers Tom, Chris, Steve, Ken & Mike are delighted to be joining Sting and his Band to perform songs from Sting's latest album: "The Last Ship". The shows are being held to benefit The Sage Gateshead 10th Birthday Appeal.

The Wilson Family BBC Radio Tees: Talking 40 Years of Singing Siblingism:

Updated: 15 May 2015

Tom, Steve, Ken & Mike got together with John Foster at BBC Tees Middlesbrough Studios to chat about 40 years of Sibling Singing and where that journey has taken us. The interview starts about 2 hours into the show:

The Wilson Family: Filmed for BBC Look North March 19th 2015

Updated: 25 April 2015

We had the BBC with us last Sunday 15th March, filming a feature on the Family, and our singing history of the past 40 years. It was aired on BBC Look North 19th March and is currently available on BBC iPlayer. Many thanks to BBC Reporter, Phil Chapman, for producing such a lovely feature on what we do and why & where we do it! Hope you agree! - Footage here:

The Gig In Gateshead! March 26th 2015

Updated: 13 April 2015

After a great start to our singing 2015, at the Royal Traditions and "The Gigg In Brigg" our Wilson Family Charabanc sets off for a very special 40th Anniversary concert, at The Sage Gateshead, Thursday 26th March:

Sisters To Sing at 40th Anniversary Concert, March 26th

Updated: 13 April 2015

Looks like the boys will have to be on their best behaviour!!....We are delighted to announce that Sisters Trish & Jackie will be joining their Brothers for the finale of our 40 Years Of a Singing Family Anniversary Concert, at The Sage Gateshead, March 26th 2015. Tickets are still available through The Sage Gateshead website. Hope to see some of you there!

The Sage In Springtime! Four visits to The Sage for The Wilson Family:

Updated: 13 April 2015

The iconic Sage Gateshead Music Venue has just published it's March to May 2015 Events Diary and we are delighted to be involved in FOUR upcoming shows within that season: On March 26th: Folkworks: "The Wilson Family 40th Anniversary Concert" followed by three Sage Gateshead 10th Birthday Benefit shows with Sting: "Bringing The Last Ship Home", across April 24th/25th. Hope to see some of you there....Spring has almost sprung!!

'Tis Nearly Time To Travel:

Updated: 13 April 2015

Well, happy February Folks! It is almost warm enough for us to contemplate travel!! Our first Family Outing of 2015, is at The Royal Traditions, Dungworth, Sheffield, always a great night and a grand way to set off on the 2015 road! Chris & Steve have a couple of duo dates in Feb/March, then the Family are singing in Brigg, Lincs, 7th March, then we have booked a take the candles for the cake up to The Sage Gateshead, ready for our 40th bash, Thursday, 26th March!....oh yes, then we sing with Sting in April, which will be fun....then the shorts come out!!'ll be Festival time before you know it! See our Gigs page for all dates. Hope to see you down the road in 2015!

Tickets are now on sale for The Wilson Family: 40 Years Singing Tradition Concert: The Sage Gateshead

Updated: 13 April 2015

We are delighted to announce that tickets are now available for our Concert at The Sage, Gateshead, 26th March 2015: The Sage Announcement reads: THE WILSON FAMILY: 40 YEARS OF A UNIQUE FAMILY TRADITION: A Folkworks Concert by brothers, Tom, Chris, Steve, Ken & Mike Wilson. The evening will span the group’s extensive Traditional & Contemporary Folk Song repertoire of the past forty years: Unique is indeed an appropriate adjective to describe these 5 siblings who have been singing together, consistently, for coming up 40 years and, in so doing, have created their own Family Tradition. They are now widely considered to be the benchmark for exuberant, a cappella harmony singing. During this concert of their best loved songs, which will represent the full span of their 40 year repertoire, right up to the present day, they will include an audio visual song cycle, to celebrate to works of acclaimed songwriter, and fellow Teessider, Graeme Miles. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Sting has recently said of them: “They're five brothers who have been singing together in harmony for a long time. And they have very, very powerful voices. “They have a family sound and a natural, bone-deep understanding of music and harmony. And it's quite something.” ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Their influences have said of them: "There`s a musical honesty about them that links past and present together. They are among the people who go about singing traditional songs that move me - which I really love, because that's what I try to do. But what appeals to me about them, apart from their musical skill, is their honesty. They are what they are and do what they do and say what they say and it's very direct and I love that. They're not pretenders." - Dick Gaughan ++++++++++ "The Northern Wilsonia - a vocal orchestra!" - Peter Bellamy ++++++++++ "They have synthesised the qualities of all their major influences, which sets them apart as one of the foremost harmony groups entertaining folk audiences today" - Roy Harris ++++++++ "Singing with the Wilson Family, well it just makes life a whole lot easier!" - Louisa Jo (Louis) Killen ++++++++++++++++

Upcoming Gigs:

Updated: 13 April 2015

Lot's going on in January with both our Ken and Chris & Steve singing at a number N.E. venues. See our gigs page for details. Our first Wilson Family outing of 2015, The Royal Traditions, Dungworth, Sheffield, always a great night and an ideal way to kick off another year of musical adventures:

"Sting: The Last Ship" to be re-broadcast on BBC4 Friday 17th April 2015 11pm

Updated: 13 April 2015

The show "Sting. When The Last Ship Sails", will be re-broadcast, 11pm Friday April 17th. The show was recorded at the Public Theater New York, Autumn 2013, to launch Stings latest CD and Stage Play: "The Last Ship". The Wilson Family accompany Sting and The Band throughout and perform the song "Big Steamers" during the show.

The Wilson Family Album on CD

Updated: 27 October 2014

"The Wilson Family Album" recording is now available in CD Format for the first time since it's release in 1991. The new format includes an additional track, "Rap Her T' Bank" and updated sleeve notes. This is an album of songs we are extremely proud of and we hope you enjoy them too!

"Sting: The Last Ship" to be aired on PBS

Updated: 27 October 2014

The Wilson Family are featured in "Sting: The Last Ship" to be aired on PBS, Great Performance, February 21st 2014. A live recording of the Public Theatre NYC show, filmed on Sting's birthday, 2nd October 2013.

The Wilson Family are featured on Sting’s “Last Ship” New York show.

Updated: 27 October 2014

"Sting: When The Last Ship Sails" will air Sunday, December 22 on BBC One at 10:55pm. Performing songs from his new album The Last Ship, the intimate live performance was recorded at a special fan club concert on October 2, 2013 at The Public Theater in New York. Sting is joined by several musicians, many of whom hail from the North East (Kathryn Tickell, Peter Tickell, Julian Sutton, and The Wilson Family), including actor and singer Jimmy Nail, who will also appear in the play "The Last Ship."

Ten shows in New York with Sting

Updated: 15 May 2015

The Wilson Family (The Wilson Brothers) will perform with Sting, and a host of other musicians, actors and singers - several from the North - East of England - at the Public Theater, New York, upon the release of his new album "The Last Ship". The Wilson Family recorded a number of songs including the title track with Sting earlier this year.