Line up announced for Beverley Folk Festival

Beverley Racecourse will once again be hosting the East Riding biggest musical event in June with the 33rd annual Beverley Folk Festival.

Headliners at the Racecourse from June 17 to 19 include multi-award winning Kate Rusby and her band, the ever-popular Steeleye Span, “musician’s musician” Tim Edey and current “must-see” trio, The Young’uns.

Attractions also include Acoustic Strawbs, the 1970’s progressive rock band, who later turned to folk rock with songs like Part of the Union, and the stage show, The Lindisfarne Story, featuring founder member, Ray Laidlaw, and former lead singer, Billy Mitchell.

Ray and Billy will also be appearing with the Lindisfarne Story Band for a live performance of the iconic album, ‘Fog on the Tyne’. This will form part of a ‘Tyne Treasures’ concert which also features Geordie legends, Animals & Friends, and Durham-born singer-songwriter, Jez Lowe.

Beverley Folk Festival has a justifiable reputation for a healthy dose of American acts and 2016 will be no exception with a line-up that includes US bands Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters, Wild Ponies, and the Goat Roper Rodeo Band. Americana with a Yorkshire accent will also be provided by the Durbervilles from Leeds, Carrie Martin from Hull and King Courgette from York! (Hee Haw)

Unsurprisingly, “Yorkshire Folk” feature strongly in the festival, notably Kate Rusby; others being award-winning duo Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts, who met at Leeds College of Music, world fusion band, Celtarabia, whose origins are surprisingly in East Yorkshire, Róisín Bán, an Irish band from West Yorkshire whose name means White Rose in Gaelic, and The Grand Old Uke of York, whose origins and instrumentation can be readily surmised.

From further afield (down South it has to be admitted) are former Albion Band’s fiddle player, Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble; upwards of 50 young folk musicians (it can be as many as 100) who have already earned accolades from festivals such as Towersey and Cropredy.
Festival Board Chairman, Geoff Sargieson, said “This will be our fourth year at the Racecourse and it has proved to be the ideal setting for the event.”

The “Spring Special” full weekend offer is currently on sale on the website priced at £105, a saving of £10 on the full price with Concession and Family deals also available plus add on camping option. The festival is FREE for accompanied under 12’s.