Stitherum is Mike and Sue Dewsbury, originally from Nottingham but now proud to be Lincolnshire Yellowbellies.
Although regular visitors to folk clubs in the 70’s, they didn’t get around to performing in public until being persuaded to attend Gainsborough Folk Club in the early 1990s. They eventually became involved in running the Club and were instrumental in the organisation of the first Gainsborough Folk Festival in 2000.
Their musical influences are wide with Mike having a deep affection for the early blues and the playing of John Hurt, Blind Boy Fuller and of course Robert Johnson.
Sue, however, prefers a much more ‘melodic’ style and particularly enjoys the singing of June Tabor, Artisan, Tom Bliss and Bob Fox.
Mike and Sue are equally comfortable taking part in a sing around, a folk club floor spot or appearing as the booked artist and as such have appeared at a number of festivals including Saltburn and Southwell.
They are regularly asked to provide the support act for local performances by artists as diverse as Bert Jansch, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Emily Druce, Jez Lowe, Rod Clements and Bob Fox.
Stitherum’s repertoire is drawn from the full range of traditional and contemporary folk and is always collected in the ‘aural’ tradition.
The name “Stitherum” comes from a Lincolnshire dialect word meaning a convoluted tale or rigmarole.