A River Runs Through It is the title of a day and evening of talks, film and song illustrating the role of the River Tees in history. It takes place at the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough, on Friday, 9th September, 2016. From 10am to 4.30pm there will be a series of talks about the impact of industry on the river, wildflowers and industrial legacy, the relationship between the river and Stockton-on-Tees and the port of the Tees itself. Speakers include Martin Allen, Jeremy Garside, Tony Nicholson, Alan Betteney and John Little. This is followed by an evening of song and film, starting at 7.30pm for 8pm, and featuring Robin Dale, harpist and singer Ailsa MacKenzie and other members of The Ironopolis Singers, Ellie May Morgan and Margaret and Tony Maughan. The songs will mainly feature the work of Graeme whose songs of the River Tees are legendary and include Blue Sunset, The Banks Of The Tees and A Great Northern River. This is a rare day of great interest for people to embrace and take in. Tickets are available from the museum and are £3 or £4 on the door.
Continued success of music and art
Saltburn-by-the-sea community centre ws the setting in June for a wonderful concert, Across The Vale, to highlight the start of an exhibition of Graeme's drawings from the days of his National Service in the 1950s, which he served in Germany. The exhibition, entitled They Bunged Us In Khaki, showed mainly life in the barrack room, cleaning guns and uniforms rather than anything active out in the field. Mainly of pencil, with some ink, the drawings are currently held inprovate and family collections. the concert, which raised £1,200 for charitable purposes, included performances by Robin Dale, The Wilsons, Ailsa MacKenzie, Vin Garbutt and Martyn Wyndham-Read, with Kevin Hall as MC. Ailsa played the harp during the opening of the exhibition prior to the concert. The exhibition has now been replaced with another of Graeme's drawings, this time from he and hsi wife Annie's sojourn in Rio de Janeiro. They depict life in the favelas - the famous slums of the city. The exhibition coincides with the staging of the 2016 Olympic Games in the city Both the concert and the displays of Graeme's drawings have been set up by Trev and Angela Driscoll of Two Faces Design, Saltburn-by-the-sea. Among songs sung at the concert were Ring of Iron, The Trekkers, My Eldorado, Sea Coal and James Cook The Sailor O.
The Graeme Miles website is delighted to announce a double treat for fans - a concert and exhibition on Friday, June 10th, 2016 at The Communty Theatre, Saltburn Community and Arts Centre, Saltburn. The fabulous line-up for the concert, which starts at 7.30pm, is Vin Garbutt, Martyn Wyndham-Read, The Wilsons, Robin Dale, Ailsa MacKenzie and Kevin Hall who will MC. All are great afficionados of Graeme's work and are delighted to be taking part in this special occasion. it will be a great night. Tickets are £12 and are available from the box office 01287 624997, online at www.saltburnarts.co.uk or in person Wed 2-4, and Thurs and Fri 11-1 and 2-4.
Also on the night is a staging of an exhibition of Graeme's drawings from his National Service during which time he wrote many wonderful songs such as Shores Of Old Blighty. Ailsa MacKenzie will play the harp during the exhibition which is entitled They Dressed Us All In Khaki. It is the first public display of drawings by Graeme and takes place in the SCA2gallery in the community centre. Doors open at 6.30pm to give you a chance to view this great display before going into the concert.
This month, Graeme's widow, Mrs Annie Miles, has handed over the sum of £520 to Teesside Hospice, Middlesbrough, where Graeme spent his last weeks This is a fantastic amount, raised through the sales of Graeme's songbooks and CDs sold through the website and at concerts. It also goes to show that Graeme's work is still loved, appreciated and sung everywhere. Purchases of his songs in the last few months have included copies of Dark December which was sung at Christmas last year by a London choir and The Hedger which was taken up by the national hedgers' association. Copies of his songs also went to the USA.
A highly successful concert took place in the handsome gothic Middlesbrough Town Hall on Friday. February 12th, 2016, to raise money for the Graeme Miles Bursary which is administered by the English Folk Dance and Song Society.
Artists taking part included many friends and admirers of Graeme's work - Mike Nicholson, Martyn Wyndham-Read, Robin Dale, The Young 'Uns and The Wilsons. MC was Kevin Hall. The Rachel Hamer Band were this year's recipients of the award and also sang, as well as The Unthanks, who help to administer the bursary and who organised the concert. A similar one took place the following night at Band in the Wall, Manchester, with the same artists taking part. Present at both was Graeme's widow Annie.