Sara Dennis is a singer/songwriter and writer from the Tees Valley performing on the folk, acoustic and literary scenes.
Hailing from a musical family, Sara studied classical piano and cello as a child along with a variety of other instruments along the way. She has performed in music festivals since the age of eight and began composing music from an early age.
Drawing inspiration from the natural world, Sara’s songs are a combination of the traditional and the contemporary, infused with fairy tale imagery, seascapes, history and literary characters and motifs.
Sara is in folk/blues band, Peg Powler as lead singer/co-songwriter, on ukulele and occasionally, the shaker! Her band mates are Ian Bartholomew, Mags Forward and David Pratt. Their debut album, Northern Lines was released in July 2016 and is available on iTunes, Amazon and other online stores. Sara also performs solo, in occasional duos and is a writer and performer in Bob Beagrie's epic poem, Leasungspell, a 7th Century Anglo Saxon fool's journey through the north of England which is touring the UK throughout 2016. She has performed at the British Museum and The Royal Festival Hall in London The Sage, Gateshead and many other venues throughout the UK.
Sara's compositions are heavily influenced by literature and folklore and she has had her work, both songs and prose, published in literary magazine Beautiful Scruffiness, a book The Eye of Temenos: Reflections on Sacred Space and the Black Light Engine Room magazine. Sara’s debut album ‘Time & Tide’ was released in November 2010. Her second album, ‘Driftwood’ was released in the summer of 2012 and is available through iTunes and other online stores.
Sara teaches music, folklore and related histories to children in primary schools and is an educational guide at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough.
Sara has a BA (Hons) degree in English Studies and History, is a qualified adult education teacher and has taught Tarot, Runes, Creative Writing, Writing for Wellbeing and health and wellbeing courses for over fifteen years. She has a real passion for Tarot in a very earthy sense and has studied and written about the subject in depth for almost 25 years.
Sara runs a regular Holistic Health and Wellbeing Fayre and delivers holistic sessions and contributes to the running of The Lighthouse Therapy Centre in Redcar, England. She also works for a local Women's Aid and Rape Crisis Centre, a feminist organisation supporting women fleeing from domestic and sexual violence.
Sara previously worked for the public library service in the field of Reader Development at Middlesbrough Libraries and Information. She created and directed the Middlesbrough Literary Festival, hosting five years of successful literary events.
A passionate advocate of the arts - particularly music and literature - community learning and positivity, Sara combines these loves and passions into her poetry and songwriting.