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In 2016, to mark the 25th year of Teesside’s most enduring live bands The Wildcats of Kilkenny, Mike McGrother flew to Ireland. Making his way to his ancestral home in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan and accompanied by Ian ‘the luminous one’ Macallan and Mick ‘The Van’ Riley, our Wild Rover walked back to Stockton. Part historical research, part a metaphor for his mental health, Mike took one step at a time and hasn’t stopped since! Subsequent walks took him back to Ireland – to his beloved Kilkenny; to Belgium and France, along the Tees and latterly, during lockdown to the tragic site of Dibble’s Bridge in the Yorkshire Dales. But these were more than blister inducing treks… each walk revealed a forgotten tale of Teesside and resulted in a rich repertoire of songs.