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Bursary remember folk singer Graeme.

Byline: Dave Robson

TALENTED young musicians are being urged to apply for a bursary created in memory of a renowned Teesside songwriter.

Applicants from Teesside will be preferred for the Graeme Miles Bursary, named after the late Middlesbrough-born songwriter who died aged 77 in March last year.

Offered by The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), it is a one-off award of PS1,200 to any artist or group, aged 18-25 and based in the Teesside area, although applications from the North-east will also be considered. Its aim is to fund an activity that will further a performer's or performers' careers such as recording costs, collaboration with other musicians, mentoring or buying a new instrument. Deadline for applications is 10pm on June 2. The money for the bursary was raised through two concerts held last year at Saltburn and at EFDSS in London to celebrate Graeme's life and songs. These concerts are expected to be held every two years to continue fundraising for the bursary. Graeme Miles was a hugely talented songwriter and artist who greatly influenced many musicians, including Teesside folk legend Vin Garbutt. He wrote hundreds of songs over a 22-year period about the growth of the Middlesbrough area as an iron and steel fabrication giant, the local moors, national service, love, nature and the decline of country employment.

Two books of his songs have been published and his works are also now being notated. Neil Pearson, artist development and programming manager for EFDSS, said the bursary was "a fitting memorial to a songwriter who has helped to influence many musicians." Applicants must be in the early stages of their career or final stages of advanced training and committed to building a career in music.

Apply at the EFDSS website.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:May 27, 2014
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