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"Vin is a one off. He is local and totally global. He is very serious and absolutely hilarious. It was a unique and important cultural story from Teesside that I had to document. What I didn't expect was to discover that, by bizarre coincidence, I had a personal connection to a key chapter of the story"

Craig Hornby


Vin Garbutt is 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 England, 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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Vin Garbutt

"The technical quality is first class and the editing exemplary. An indispensable portrait of a folk icon whose total artistic and personal integrity; and irrepressible sheer love of life radiates through every moment."

"An incredibly uplifting film. If you ever doubted that music can change the world, watch this and be reassured."
Living Tradition

"A must for every Garbutt fan and the uncommitted should be well impressed."

Rock N Reel

Teesside Troubadour

Teesside Troubadour

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