Beverley’s winter music festival, Stage4Beverley returns for its fourth year in February (12th – 16th ), and as the event has gained in popularity with a sold-out show already and more about to sell out.
Wednesday 12th February sees the launch with the legendary blues duo Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, founder members of the Blues Band, followed by a rare performance by BBC Radio 2 and 6Music and Glastonbury TV presenter, Mark Radcliffe. He will be inviting the audience to an intimate evening of his own songs and accompanying stories.
Another BBC presenter will be appearing in the form of Tom Robinson, broadcaster, songsmith, activist and raconteur. He will take to the stage on Friday 14th for a special intimate, acoustic, performance entitled “Valentines Night with Tom Robinson”.
As interest in the event gains momentum, tickets have now reached near sell-out for two other of the headliners, both from Geordie land. These include the legendary Lindisfarne, whose power to galvanize festival and concert audiences remains undimmed. As they celebrate the 50th anniversary of their formation in 1970, the festival is delighted to celebrate with them. In addition, the next generation of musicians, the ever-popular Holy Moly and the Crackers, will close the festival in the Grand Finale concert on Sunday with a sold-out concert.
As well as the long-established artists, the festival welcomes some of the rising stars on the folk and acoustic music scene with winners of this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for “Best Album”, The Trials of Cato.
They will be sharing a double billing on Saturday afternoon with the all-female folk / Americana band The Magpies. On Sunday afternoon the highly talented Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra will bring to the stage their own brand of western swing, country blues, ragtime hokum and have been quoted as “Newcastle’s finest swing-honkytonk-rockabilly band” fRoots.
“Rob Heron evokes the spirit of Bob Wills and Django Reinhardt with a quintet that shuffles and boogies with panache. Infectiously good-humoured” Uncut Magazine. A band guaranteed to brighten up a winter Sunday afternoon.
With the festival continuing to encourage and showcase the best of emerging talent, it will once again host its “Horizon Stage”, over Sunday lunchtime with a Free concert including the artists, Cream Teas, Annie Dressner, Kirsty McLachlan and Arthur Coates.
Not forgetting Beverley’s local performers and its history, Gordon Meredith will bring to the event a musical drama with musician Phil Simpson. “Stealing Seven Hens” is a journey from rural East Yorkshire in the early 19th century to the far off colonies of Australia where men and women convicted of the most trivial of crimes were taken.
The Beverley Community Choir also returns again this year, with its own concert on Sunday morning to see in the final day of the festival with some rousing and joyous songs.
Stage4Beverley is a festival which promises to bring to Beverley some winter cheer through the long, dark nights!
Other artists to be announced with further events late into the night and at the Monks Walk public house.