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Ian Stephenson- new Folkestra Director!

Noreen 11 Feb 16 - 10:17 AM
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Subject: Ian Stephenson- new Folkestra Director!
From: Noreen
Date: 11 Feb 16 - 10:17 AM

Breaking news!
Congratulations Ian :)

Ian Stephenson- new Folkestra Director

Ian Stephenson Announced as Sage Gateshead's New Folkestra Director

Posted on 11 February 2016

Ian Stephenson, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, has been announced as the new Folkestra Director, taking over from founding director Kathryn Tickell, to oversee the North East's regional youth folk ensemble based at Sage Gateshead.

Ian rose to prominence on the folk scene after winning the BBC Young Folk Award back in 1999 with '422'. Since then he has played on nearly 100 albums as well as working on many others as producer.

"It's an honour to have been given this chance to work closely with Folkestra – it's an incredible ensemble which does a stellar job of representing traditional music and I intend to make sure it continues to be something we in the North East can really be proud of." said Ian Stephenson.

Ian has toured extensively all over the world with many of the UK's finest folk acts, as well as his own projects including Baltic Crossing, Andy May Trio and KAN, and is a regular performer at Sage Gateshead events such as Fiddles on Fire and Gateshead International Jazz Festival.

Folkestra have performed at numerous concerts and festivals worldwide with performances in Denmark and Chicago; performances at the London 2012 Olympics, BBC Proms and Celtic Connections; and performances alongside artists such as Sting and Andy Sheppard.

Edward Milner, Head of Music Learning at Sage Gateshead said: "We are delighted that Ian is going to take the reins of Folkestra. Ian is an extremely experienced leader and the players and all at Sage Gateshead are looking forward to some really creative work with him."

Ian is also a talented composer who has written for an ensemble from Royal Northern Sinfonia, for Kathryn Tickell, Voices of Hope and other work further afield.

Alongside his performance career, Ian is well known and respected for his teaching work. He first began work for Sage Gateshead as a tutor for Folkworks Summer School aged only 19 and since went on to be a tutor a further 10 times, eventually becoming Director of Youth Summer School, a position he has held since 2013. He's a regular tutor and lecturer on the Folk and Traditional Music degree at Newcastle University and was also Assistant Director of Folkestra for many years working alongside Kathryn Tickell.

You can also see Ian Stephenson perform with Andy May and Sophy Ball at Sage Gateshead on 5 March at Sage Gateshead.


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Subject: RE: Ian Stephenson- new Folkestra Director!
From: Noreen
Date: 11 Feb 16 - 10:28 AM

For those who may not know Ian: as well as all his achievements mentioned above he has been well known in Mudcat circles for many years, on both sides of the Atlantic.
We followed his tour of the US with Sam Pirt and Bill Sables with great interest, when they met and played with numerous Mudcatters and appeared on Mudcat radio:)

I've just looked it up- that was getting on for 15 years ago.

One of the threads from that tour:
Sables, Pirt, and Stephanson Tour


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Subject: RE: Ian Stephenson- new Folkestra Director!
From: Noreen
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 01:40 PM

Refresh- for a few days, so that the old guard Mudcatters can see Ian's news :)


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Subject: RE: Ian Stephenson- new Folkestra Director!
From: maeve
Date: 12 Feb 16 - 02:57 PM

How wonderful to have such a skilled supporter of good music holding the reins! Thanks for letting us know, Noreen. I wish I could have seen the three when they were over in Maine and New Hampshire.


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Subject: RE: Ian Stephenson- new Folkestra Director!
From: maeve
Date: 13 Feb 16 - 09:17 AM

Refresh- It's the weekend, others may have missed this.


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Subject: RE: Ian Stephenson- new Folkestra Director!
From: GUEST,Raggytash
Date: 13 Feb 16 - 09:53 AM

Folkestra are playing a gig at Sneaton Castle in Whitby on Saturday 20th February 3.30 till 4.30 free entrance with a collection for the RNLI.


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Subject: RE: Ian Stephenson- new Folkestra Director!
From: GUEST,willa
Date: 14 Feb 16 - 06:42 AM

Great news and well deserved!


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Subject: RE: Ian Stephenson- new Folkestra Director!
From: GUEST,Eric the viking
Date: 14 Feb 16 - 02:49 PM

Fantastic news. Such a superb guitarist and multi instrumentalist. Checkout some of his work on You tube and the 422 albums. Ian is just so far beyond talented. His mum and dad must be so proud of him.


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