As a festival offering winter cheer to the long, dark nights, it has proved highly popular for its innovative approach to programming and for bringing together audiences with a wide range of musical interests.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday 12th February with the legendary blues duo Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, founder members of the Blues Band. For the best of blues vocals, guitar and harmonica. If you are a blues fan, or even if not, this duo is not to be missed.
BBC Radio 2 and 6Music and Glastonbury TV presenter, Mark Radcliffe will be inviting the audience to an intimate evening of his own songs and accompanying stories focussing on his deeply personal material involving lost times, lost loves lost friends and relatives and lost bets.
Another BBC broadcaster, songsmith, activist and raconteur, Tom Robinson will take to the stage on Friday 14th for an intimate acoustic evening.
His musical journey has included getting banned by the BBC for being Glad To be Gay, fighting fascism alongside The Clash, playing Glastonbury with Peter Gabriel, writing lyrics for Elton John, drug smuggling in East Germany, two nervous breakdowns and a period in tabloid hell after falling in love with a woman.
This thoughtful one-man show presents little known gems alongside classics interspersed with hilarious anecdotes from five decades on the wilder fringes of the music industry.
The Saturday afternoon concert presents two rising stars on the folk scene, in a double billing. Nominated for 2 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards this year are The Trial of Cato and local all-female folk/ Americana band The Magpies.
The Trials of Cato will bring their glorious harmonies and great musicality to the stage. Mark Radcliffe hailed them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Praised for the diversity of their material and influences, The Trials of Cato live show “invariably stuns audiences wherever they play.” FATEA.
The Magpies consists of award winner Bella Gaffney, local virtuoso musician Polly Bolton, plus acclaimed cellist Sarah Smout and fiddle ace Holly Brandon. Together they present a unique blend of Celtic and bluegrass folk, capturing imaginations with their enthralling live show. “A natural chemistry… all three voices blend and harmonise beautifully… the mix of styles offers so much promise.” Folk Radio UK.
To round off the event in grand style the festival welcomes back favourites, Holy Moly and the Crackers with their riotous party music for the masses. They bring their trademark expressive take on British folk, rock’n’soul, and sharp indie-rock, along with their balladeering and psychedelic trips towards the Middle East. Their single, the barnstorming indie-rock anthem ‘Cold Comfort Lane’, was used as the credit title track for the blockbuster movie Oceans 8. Come along for the ride – the craziest party in town always has room for one more….
Other artists to be announced with further events late into the night and at the Monks Walk public house.
For tickets go to www.eastridingtheatre.co.uk or call 01482 874050
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