Three of the leading lights of their generation:
Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Steeleye Span, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). Deeply rooted in the English tradition, they are brought together in a virtuosic display of strong vocals, musicianship and testosterone.
WHY? ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands’ The Guardian
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Cara and her band capture the mystery of Christmas with a collection of songs ancient and modern.
They weave Celtic and folksy rhythms alongside reverent and atmospheric carols while Cara holds the darkness at bay with the purity of her voice.
The Christmas story is retold with genuine wonder and celebrated with the dignity, passion and beauty it deserves. Christmas is one of Cara’s passions and her live show and album only go to prove it.
WHY? ‘Simple and stunning’ The Sunday Times
‘An instant Christmas classic’ BBC
‘There’s enchantment aplenty’ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Independent
‘A reminder of the real meaning of the Festive Season, uplifting and inspirational” The Daily Echo
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Heck yeah, it’s a hoedown!
Our popular New Year’s Eve event returns to ring in 2019! Join ceilidh and barn dance band Cut a Shine for foot stomping, rip-roaring, thigh-slapping traditional music and a night of all types of barn dancing. A fun, lively and thrilling way to celebrate this New Year's Eve! Age guidance 12+ years.
WHY? Dust off your cowboy hats, gingham checks or general fancy dress for frolics on the Courtyard Theatre dance floor
£20 before 31 October, £25 after
Supporters £17 before 31 October, £22 after
Featuring Barry Coope and Lester Simpson (Coope Boyes and Simpson), Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Moirai) and Fi Fraser (The Old Fashioned, Polka Works) – this is a quartet of suburb vocal harmonies and multi-instrumentalism. As seen with Michael Morpurgo and on their own as Christmas band Hark Hark. After a summer of gracing festival stages, the band are now being referred to as a new supergroup.
WHY? Featuring songs that will touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears
John is a leading interpreter of English folk song and has also established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso (melodeon, anglo concertina, button accordion). He has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Steeleye Span and Brass Monkey, to name just a few.
WHY? ‘Kirkpatrick's buoyant presence and lust for this music sounds more rampant than ever’ fRoots Magazine
BBC Folk award winning singer-songwriter Megan Henwood creates folk roots music of beguiling purity. Findlay Napier is one of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene. Their collaboration has led to the creation of songs about a hermit known as The North Pond Phantom, Georg Cantor’s struggle with infinity, maths and God and something about shepherds and leaders!
Pat Abernethy (from Belfast) and Dave Marsden (from Dublin), return to their Irish roots for this intimate evening of music and stories. All the songs reflect the Irish spirit in its many forms - nostalgia, romance, emigration, politics, loss, humour and more. Between songs, you will also be regaled with stories from their days in Ireland.
WHY? Featuring songs from the likes of Paul Brady, Tommy Makem, The Furey Brothers, Van Morrison and Val Doonican
Emily Askew and Hazel Askew (Lady Maisery) have become known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music. They rework and reinterpret songs and balladry, creating breath-taking arrangements. Both are skilled multi-instrumentalists and expert players of dance music - using fiddles, melodeons, concertina and cello in their innate drive to bring old dance music to life.
WHY? ‘This is traditional folk in a fine, fresh form’ The Telegraph
Odette Michell is an English folk singer-songwriter. She has shared the bill with artists such as Eddi Reader, Bob Dylan and Jools Holland and most recently supported Phil Beer of Show of Hands fame.
Richard Lee, Norden Farm's resident guitar tutor, is a singer-songwriter with a powerful voice and distinctive guitar style. He delivers songs that are effortlessly upbeat and uniquely compelling. Expect hints of Rock, Nashville Americana and Country.
WHY? Richard and Odette present an intimate evening of music, playing and singing on each others songs