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Drystone launch the Mick Peat Drystone Bursary

‘Building his legacy’: Drystone launch the Mick Peat Drystone Bursary.

Following the sad loss of our dear friend and founding President Mick Peat, community arts enterprise Drystone are pleased to announce that "The Mick Peat Drystone Bursary" fund has been established in his memory.

The crowdfunder is aiming to initially raise £2,500 to seed the bursary, which will offer grants to encourage and facilitate creativity in all its forms and bring people together. The bursary will help to support a range of arts and artists, including young musicians; something Mick was passionate about and one of the reasons he helped to found Drystone.

The fundraising is supported by Mick’s family. His children Garry & Maxine, said “Dad would be chuffed to bits that his legacy continues to support this fantastic cause.”

Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse and Drystone’s patron said “[Mick] worked tirelessly to make a success of every concert we did, filled halls like no one else, ironed out this problem or that, made them go away. With Mick there we always went on stage in good heart, full of good cheer. But above all he was passionate about folk, folk people, folk song, the people and the music. What times he gave us.”

Mick’s name will never be forgotten, and it is fitting that his love for music and people will continue with this bursary in his name. Donating to the bursary is easy – just visit the website at to contribute to building Mick Peat’s legacy for the next generation of creative artists.


When coronavirus hit; the curtains fell, the lights went out.

Thanks to the pandemic, the cultural landscape has shifted, perhaps permanently. But our landscape has not. Our iconic drystone walls still connect our communities, our villages and towns. This inspired the creation of Drystone: a not-for-profit initiative aimed at harnessing and encouraging creativity throughout Derbyshire and beyond. The founders of Drystone have a wealth of experience and knowledge behind them which they want to share, to help build back space for creative endeavours and the arts from the ground up – “a stone at a time.”

Folk legend Mick Peat was a founding member and President. Artistic Director John Tams, Music Producer and Sound Recordist Barry Coope and Composer Pete Bullock all have far-reaching and established reputations in music, film, television, theatre and radio. Our Patron is Sir Michael Morpurgo.



For further information please contact [email protected].
Photo credit:Graham Whitmore.

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO): 9th Feb 2021 11:52:00

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