Recent News

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: 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

Upcoming Gigs

Chester Folk Festival
28 May 2017 - Chester
The Cumberland Arms - Summer Sundays 2pm Onwards
25 June 2017 - Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Saddleworth Folk Festival
15 July 2017 - Saddleworth
Saltburn Folk Festival
11 August 2017 - Salburn
Whitby Folk Week
19 August 2017 - Whitby, North Yorkshire
Shrewsbury Folk Festival
26 August 2017 - Shrewsbury
Settle Folk Gathering
02 September 2017 - Settle, North Yorkshire
Hartlepool Folk Festival
13 October 2017 - Hartlepool Historic Quay
The Grove Folk Club
01 December 2017 - Leeds
South Shields Folk Club
10 December 2017 - South Shields Tyne & Wear
The Grand Union Folk Club
11 December 2017 - Barrow on Soar, Leicestershire
Kiverton Park Folk Club
12 December 2017 - Kiverton Park
Darlington Mummers & Wilsons "Do Christmas"
14 December 2017 - The Welly Folk Club