A UKRAINIAN folk band will perform at the Queen's Hall in Hexham on July 27.

Folknery is a free folk band founded in 2009 by duo Volodymyr Muliar and Yaryna Kvitka.

In May, the not-for profit organisation Artists at Risk supported Volodymyr, Yaryna and their son Marko to travel from Ukraine to Hexham, allowing Folknery to take up an Artistic Residency at the Queen's Hall.

Artists at Risk works to assist, relocate and fund artists who are at risk of persecution, oppression, or fleeing war or terror.

Folknery has already built a base in Hexham's venue and look forward to creating music this autumn - and hope to return to Ukraine by the end of this year. 

Folknery will be joined by guest singer Bohuslavka, who performs in an authentic East Slavic folk style.

The evening, starting from 7.30pm, will consist of traditional Ukrainian songs with an alternative musical arrangement.

The Artists at Risk Residency at the Queen's Hall is supported by the UNESCO Heritage Emergency Fund and the UNESCO-Aschberg Programme for Artists and Cultural Professionals.

The duo travel around Ukraine and other countries by bicycle, gathering traditional folk songs and recording them with additional musical elements. 

In 2010, Volodymyr and Yaryna launched a cultural project called Two-Wheeled Chronicles.

The project's primary aim was to popularize Ukrainian culture, look for folk songs and promote green and cycling tourism.

As part of the project, every year they cycle on a major ethnographic expedition through rural parts of various countries.

They search for people who are passionate about traditional singing, to collect and record less well-known folklore, some of which Folknery later include in their own repertoire.

The group has received multiple awards for their performances.

Folknery became the best ethnic band in 2011 at the international festival, Mikołajki Folkowe in Poland.

Alongside first prize, the band also won the Audience Award.

In 2014, the duo embarked on a global bicycling trip. After crossing the hemisphere, the couple gave birth to their son, Marko, in Australia.

The family of three resumed cycling together and travelled to Southeast Asia. Since then, the project Two-Wheeled Chronicles has gained popularity in Ukraine.

So far, Volodymyr, Yaryna and Marko have cycled more than 60,000 kilometres in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and South America.

They create videos about their travels on their YouTube channel, which are rebroadcast by several Ukrainian TV channels.

Tickets for Folknery's performance cost £10. £1 goes towards humanitarian work in Ukraine, and the remaining funds go directly to performers.