The Gainsborough Packet is the culmination of a year’s research by Matt Stokes, which began with the discovery of a letter within the Tyne & Wear archive, written by an ordinary man named John Burdikin, in 1828. The letter became inspiration for lyrics, music and film created by Stokes and his collaborators (Jon Boden from Bellowhead and composer Alistair Anderson). The Gainsborough Packet engages with folk tradition, contemporary music videos and popular culture and being produced with a particular sensitivity to the shared legacy of folk music in Camden and Newcastle which stems from Stokes immersive research.
Robin Grey is based in Hackney and has recently returned from a successful tour of Edinburgh's Fridge Festival, where he racked up 12 gigs in just one week! He draws inspiration from the timeless work of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Ani Difranco amongst many others.