Festival Artists Line Up (A-Z)
Here are the artists booked so fa for the 2016 festival.
They are all in sections for you to find easily. Use one of the links below to go directly to that section i.e. Social Dance or just scroll down and view all the acts that are with us this year. If you click on their individual links you will find most of the things you need to know about that band or performer. There are videos, sound samples and info on their web pages and photos.
Song & Music
Big Top Concerts
This section contains info about our Big Top concerts and other special events over the weekend
BIG TOP CONCERTS
We have 3 this year starting with:
"Folk by Degrees" Saturday 6.30-8.30pm
This year is an opportunity to see some of the very best of what has recently emerged and is still attending the Newcastle University Folk Degree course.
We are sure of one thing - they produce some amazing performers.
In this special concert we present PONS AELIUS, THE RACHEL HAMER BAND and a host of other performers currently on the course. They are here to show us what they are doing with folk music and also to work with some appreciative stalwarts of the folk scene which hopefully will broaden everyone's mind to where Folk is going in the future.
The concert will be hosted by no less than the current Director of the Folk Degree courses, Catriona MacDonald and superb singer, voice coach and lecturer Sandra Kerr.
SCOTLAND!This is my Country
If you fancy a wee bit o' Scottish on the Sunday evening we will have it in abundance!
We have pulled together some of the cream of Scotland to deliver you into the highlands and beyond. Isla St.Clair, Mrs Bruce's Boys (Ian & Fraser Bruce) Moira Craig,The Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards Association, Hopscotch Scottish dancers and all glued together by the wonderful Hector Gilchrist.
If you like a bit of Scottish in your weekend then this'll do it. Details of concert timings and tickets coming soon.
There will be two other specials- more details soon !
"The Pitmen Poets" Monday 6.30-8.30pm
This is a critically acclaimed show about the mining communities of Northumberland and Durham. Presented by Bob Fox, Jez Lowe, Billy Mitchell and Benny Graham, it tells of the history, trials and tribulations of how the mining industry shaped the lives of the families and working men of the area. These hugely popular artists provide a fascinating insight into a way of life that is gone, but certainly not forgotten.
All Big Top shows are accessible with Full season, Day or Evening ticket (space permitting) or £10 at the box office or via this web site.
The busking programme will be going out soon - make sure you are included.
Come and create the colours of this friendly festival.