See multi-Grammy winner at festival

Country music star Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Country music star Mary Chapin Carpenter.

A five-time Grammy Award winner is tuning up to wow crowds in Pocklington this summer at a three-day music and comedy festival.

American singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter will be performing in the town on the first day of the Platform Music and Comedy Festival on 16 July.

Organiser Pocklington Arts Centre has pulled off a major coup by securing the country music star for the event.

There will be plenty of laughter during the next day of the festival when popular comic Al Murray comes to town, as The Post reported last December. Murray will be performing The Pub Landlord’s Summer Saloon show at the event. He will be joined by comedians and special guests Chris Ramsey, who has appeared on TV programme Celebrity Juice and Live at the Apollo, and Craig Campbell, who has performed on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Russell Howard’s Good News.

Contemporary folk band and BBC Radio 2 Folk award winners Bellowhead will be taking to the stage of the old station, where the festival is being held, on 18 July, the final day of the music and comedy extravaganza.

James Duffy, assistant manager of the Arts Centre, said: “The line-up reflects the reputation Pocklington Arts Centre has gained within the arts industry since opening in 2000 and highlights the calibre of artists we are now able to attract to the town.

“In addition to two indoor stages within the main building of the old station there will be an outdoor stage for young, emerging performers hosted by Access to Music (York). The stage will provide a platform for Access to Music students to showcase their considerable talents and be a wonderful addition to the event. With audience figures expected to exceed 2,000-plus over the three days, we firmly believe the festival will be highly beneficial to the local economy with increased trade for local bars, restaurants, hotels and camp sites.

“A huge thank you to Pocklington School for letting the festival take place at the old station and to Mark Ronan, Paul Bennett and Andrew D’Arcy for their continued support.”

Country music duo The Shires will also be performing at the festival on the Saturday, as well as pop rock band The Magic Numbers. For more information about the festival, including the full line up, visit

The Arts Centre is organising the event along with members of the community, including Chris Waite, and Brass Castle Brewery.