Elder statesman of folk brings his patter to Etal

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Vin Garbutt, the Teeside Troubadour, has had a career spanning over 40 years of world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk,and he will be at Etal Village Hall on Saturday June 13.

His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, and still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.

“Vin cuts through the bull, grasping those he meets firmly by the hand and shaking them up with a dose of laughter and tears. It’s a true gift to be able to make us laugh and squirm at the same time, but Vin does both. He should be prescribed on the National Health,” said the English Folk Dance & Song Society.

Lawson Alexander, of Lothersdale Village Hall, said: “Vin has always been a hard act to characterise. He is fine writer of songs, an interpreter of other songwriters work and someone whose stage presence and delivery is without equal.”

And Eberhard ‘Paddy’ Bort, of Edinburgh Folk Club, echoed this: “His off the wall patter is unique, his oddball humour downright infectious, and his songs pack a punch!

“Leftfield and quirky do not even begin to describe Teesside’s national treasure! If the folk scene had a Perrier Award – it would be Vin’s for life.”

“In a world of shiny packaged pop, Vin is a national treasure who should arguably get more critical recognition. The songs – whether his own or other people’s – mean something. They all tell a story that we need to hear, and he means every word he sings.”

Support will be fine young borders fiddlers, Rebecca Rogers and Maggie Wilson.Be sure to book and pay for your tickets in advance. This concert will sell out. For tickets contact Steve or Helen on 01890 820566 or e-mail steve.w.taylor@btinternet.com. Twitter @etalhallmusic.

Show starts 8pm (doors open 7.30pm). Tickets £12.