We are delighted to announce the full programme of events for The Gathering: A Celebration of the Spirit of Vin Garbutt, curated by 'The Wild Rover' Mike McGrother in conjunction with Saltburn Community & Arts Association, with the support of Tees Valley Combined Authority.
The festival takes place from 11-14 March 2021 and is a mixture of online and physical events celebrating the life, music and legacy of The Teesside Troubadour. Over 40+ contributors from across the globe are appearing throughout the programme and a brand new walking route will also be revealed in Vin's name. You can view the full programme of events and purchase tickets below and via www.saltburnarts.co.uk.
"Vin Garbutt was a world-renowned Teesside legend who sadly died in 2017. Greatly loved and respected across the globe, The Gathering is a unique festival that will bring people together to be reminded of the extraordinary life and career of one of our region’s most famous sons in a host of virtual and creative ways!
Whilst we are getting closer, a physical gathering is, of course, still off the agenda but I hope that you can see that the spirit of who Vin was and what he achieved can still be enjoyed in a variety of ways.
Saltburn Theatre, which is run by Saltburn Community and Arts Association, was one of Vin’s favourite venues and like so many others across Britain it has struggled during the pandemic. Vin would have been one of the first to find ways to help the team at the venue as they work towards a reopening later this year. This event will go some way to help that cause.
Please do join us by following the individual links to enjoy the different events of the festival and I hope you can spend some time with us as we share the words, the music, the footsteps and the impact of the one and only Teesside Troubadour."
A Celebration of the Spirit of Vin Garbutt
Set In Stone
7:30pm - 10:00pm
A unique, streamed screening of poignant extracts from Craig Hornby’s TWO films, A Century In Stone and Teesside Troubadour, followed by a live Q&A. Craig’s films and words provide an extraordinary insight into Vin - where he came from and what he became. Available worldwide for 48hrs with a ticket.
St Margaret Clitherow Primary School South Bank, Middlesbrough
'Wild Rover' Mike McGrother delivers an assembly at Vin’s old Primary School inspiring the children of today to follow his example and the words of Brian Bedford's classic song, 'Wings' – using your strong roots and powerful wings to find your way in life and make your mark.
Persona... Grata Podcast
8:00pm - 9:00pm
A free podcast ‘in conversation’ with Vin Garbutt and biographer Michael McGeary, using never before heard recordings of Vin talking about life, his beloved Teesside and his career, complete with spontaneous singing and inevitable laughter. Available here on March 12.
Ring Of Iron
A BBC Tees Special
9:00pm - 10:00pm
BBC Radio Tees
BBC Tees pay tribute to Vin in a special show by talking to his friends across the world, airing exclusive interviews and playing recordings of songs inspired by him. Listen free via BBC Sounds / DAB / 95FM.
Vin's Way (Part 1)
Leaving Slaggy Island
Follow in Vin’s formative footsteps from South Bank to Eston Nab as we reveal, on this website, the first steps of a new walking trail across Redcar and Cleveland, accompanied by a playlist of illustrative songs.
7:00pm - 10:30pm
From Saltburn Theatre (and across the globe), purchase tickets to an epic online concert featuring renowned acts from Vin’s musical family who come together to perform songs from Vin's discography. Available to view worldwide for 48hrs with a purchased ticket.
Vin's Way (Part 2)
When The Tide Turns
The second part of Vin's autobiographical walking route is revealed, taking us from Saltburn Theatre to Vin’s local and musical home, The Station Pub in Loftus. Once again, the route will be illustrated by song.
3:00pm - 4:15pm
A Mass celebrating the life of Vin Garbutt, live from Middlesbrough Cathedral. Vin’s faith underpinned his life and indeed much of his musical repertoire. We end our gathering with a streamed musical service of thanks attended by a small invited congregation and some of Vin’s musical friends.
The After Show Party
Redcar & Cleveland
Later in the year... The After Show Party featuring a documentary screening of how we created a ‘gathering’ (when no one could gather), a guided walk following Vin’s Way and a celebration, in a slightly more traditional sense, at The Station in Loftus.
Details to be revealed when lockdown restrictions are lifted to a level where we can raise a glass in PERSON to the Teesside Troubadour!