Exciting festival line up announced

the oysterband
the oysterband

ORGANISERS of this year’s Beverley Folk Festival have confirmed an an exciting line up of top artists from across the world.

With its move to the Beverley Racecourse, a totally enclosed site on the edge of Beverley, the additional bonus is a secure site for children.

Family events kick off on Friday June 21 night with story telling in the special children’s venue The Den marquee, and continue throughout the weekend with activities including traditional crafts; singing, live music, face painting, games and lots more.

Following its success in 2012, the DEN will host the Under 12s Open Mic Sessions. Youngsters are encouraged to go along and show just how talented they are. Then, after a busy day, they can listen to Bedtime Stories and put the marquee to bed.

New for 2013 are The Westwood Sessions, exclusively for 11 to 18 year olds. Using the racecourse buildings, with great views across the whole festival, youngsters are offered a place to chill out and get to know other like minded musicians.

They will have the opportunity to share music in a cafe culture atmosphere, free from children and ‘grown ups’ who are banned.

For any young people who are interested in performing and showcasing their talent they can easily book a slot. Each performer will have the chance to play three songs - one given song, ‘Hope’, one traditional folk song and then they can surprise everyone with the 3rd one, of their choice. With a great opportunity to work on an amazing new song, ‘Hope’, with exclusive use to the festival. The songwriter, Andrew Walpole, will be at The Westwood Sessions throughout the weekend. The three songs can be played in any style the performer chooses. For those not wishing to perform on their own, they can grab a few friends, make a few new friends and take the plunge. There is also the chance for performers to take home a professionally mastered CD of the songs they sang. What a wonderful souvenir of an amazing weekend!

To find out more, contact Denise at denise@beverleyfestival.com or call the festival office on 01377 217569 or log on to www.beverleyfestival.com

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Artist already confirmed: The Proclaimers, Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes, Oysterband, Gretchen Peters (USA), Lau, Steve Forbert (USA), Ian Rankin, Eduardo Niebla, Sam Carter, Henry Priestman, Curtis Eller (USA), Megson, John Shuttleworth, Patrick Monahan, Lucy Ward, Allan Yn Y Fan, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, The Young ‘uns, The Whiskey Dogs, Folkestra, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper (USA), Coco and the Butterfields, Will Kaufman, Edwina Hayes, Farino, Circus Envy, Chris Cole, The Duncan McFarlane Band, and Chris Cole