Vin Garbutt

The Teesside Troubadour


Vin Garbutt was an award winning folk singer-songwriter from Teesside, England. His career spanned over 47 years of constant world wide touring (1969-2017), producing 15 studio albums, a songbook and a documentary film (Teesside Troubadour). His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, evolving over his career into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious song introductions and incredible live performances, winning the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Live Act in 2001. However his lyrics and their message were always the crux of his performance and his raison d'être.

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Vin Garbutt was a legend of English folk music. His trademark blend of traditional reels, passionate protest songs and zany patter won him legions of fans across the world. He achieved this, not with any major backing or media profile, but through non-stop touring and word of mouth. Then, after 40 years on the road, Vin’s unique story was told in this definitive documentary. Filmed in Australia, Malaysia, Canada, Europe and his native North East, it combines scenes at home, on the road and in the studio with rare archive footage and candid interviews. Teesside Troubadour is typically Vin - fascinating, philosophical and funny!


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