18:00 - Stew Simpson and Friends

It has been 15 years since Hadrian’s Union front man, Stew Simpson recorded his first solo album The Best of ... Yet To Come. Stew’s performance will be celebrating the release of his brand new album 'Milk Man Son’.

Without the framework of Hadrian's Union, Stew has allowed himself to explore different sides of his journey into folk music using his roots in traditional mining songs from the North East of England from his previous show Hyem, through to Folk and Rock cross over songs by Led Belly/Nirvana, Where did you sleep last night? and to his more outrageous surrealist poetry. With titles such as There's an eyeball in my dragon soup and The Fangle Dooble Dozer , lovers of Ivor Cutler and Edward Lear will be able to see the influence in the spoken word which feature in 'Milk Man Son' .

Stew's show is eclectic, raw and real, with the ideals of a punk, some sweet guitar picking and the aid of a tank top from a 70 year old shanty enthusiast. Audiences will be moved to tears, some of them will be of joy. The rest may just come from sheer disgust at the Faire Isle Pattern jumper and retro moustache.

A true English eccentric.