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Folk Acts at Musicport

Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 15.22.05Amongst the “world music” acts DJ’s  comedians etc. that form such a big part of the Musicport Festival programme there is a significant folk element with acts that have often received international acclaim in their own right.

In advance of this Musicport are putting on the very talented & Radio 2 Folk Award winner CHRIS WOOD this Saturday 14thMay at The Coliseum Whitby

Saturday, May 14, 201619:45 – 23:00

Tickets: £12 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chris-wood-with-support-elaine-palmer-tic…

The Coliseum Theatre Whitby, YO21 1EZ

Tel: 01947 603475

Chris Wood‘s style of English folk appeals to a wide and varied audience.

He has converted many an anti-folk fan with his blend of traditional and modern songwriting, and has been hailed by the Irish Times as ‘the renaissance man of English folk’.
Often compared to Richard Thompson, his music explores the history of the English-speaking world alongside tales of modern life.
Joan Armatrading was so taken with Chris’s writing, she invited him as special guest on her 50 date tour.
‘Wood is an intimate storyteller, applying such nuance and gravitas to every phrase you are imperceptibly lured into his world’ (Mojo Magazine)
‘The finest and most original singer-songwriter to have emerged from the Brtish folk scene since Richard Thompson’ (The Guardian)
‘Folk singer of the year’ and ‘best original song’ at BBC Radio 2’s Folk Singer Awards 2011.

‘One of our finest songwriters.’ ***** Independent

When  someone  like Laurie Anderson says “I think  Chris Wood  is an  incredible artist…. he combines stories and music in such an original and completely melodic way.” one should maybe take note… 

This year’s Musicport festival programme includes the following Folk acts with images and interviews of all available:

LYNCHED (Eire) 3 times nominees at 2016 Radio 2 Folk Awards this Dublin band of folk miscreants are gathering a huge following worldwide for their back to roots approach to the traditional music of Ireland.


Exciting new ensemble bringing together folk and classical worlds with an irresistible combination of players and instruments that stay true to the spirit and essence of Kathryn’s own Northumbrian folk tradition.

JOHN SMITH the highly impressive guitar man from Devon who has quietly become one of the most exciting voices on the new British folk scene “Utterly engrossing, earthy and compelling.” R2.

ARSTIDIR (Iceland) Folk music rooted in the traditions of our near Atlantic neighbours performed by 4 young musicians who perform all over the world but will be on a rare visit to these shores.

MAZ O’CONNOR One of the most exciting young voices in British folk quickly establishing herself as a bold and compelling songwriter.

COOPE BOYES & SIMPSON Over the last 20 plus years having established themselves as one of the finest folk harmony trios of these islands this performance will be part of final tour and in fact their final album will be released on the festival weekend. Given their long association with Musicport this is performance not to miss.

HARPETH RISING (USA) Beautiful vocal harmonies & string arrangements  from female trio from Kentucky.

JAMIE SMITH’S MABON (Wales) An Instrumental tour de force Celtic band led by virtuoso accordion player “uplifting and cerebral in equal measures”Froots

RORY MCLEOD & THE FAMILIAR STRANGERS Veteran troubadour who has a massive fanbase developed through years of relentless touring. Here with his band who bring a great array of diverse elements to his already wonderful musical palette.

CATH AND PHIL TYLER Anglo-American folk music using guitar, banjo, voice and fiddle. a shared love of traditional narrative song, full voiced sacred harp singing and sparse mountain banjo,

THE HARTY FAMILY Astonishingly gifted musicians consisting of mother, father & 5 children from Lancashire but with strong Whitby connections & who always get a wonderful audience response.

PETE & POLLY BOLTON  Having fronted the excellent Whiskey Dogs for several years father and daughter are heading out with a new and different set that will no doubt highlight their undoubted skills.

SEAN TAYLOR Blues inspired and rooted songs from hard working & v. talented musician

“Sean Taylor is a wonderfully talented modern troubadour whose sincere, thoughtful songs pull you in….Check him out!” – Eric Bibb .  “…reminiscent of John Martyn” – Bob Harris,


Now in its 17th year Musicport Festival has launched its 2016 programme which includes some of the finest major international world class acts playing alongside some of the best local and regional acts.  It is an inclusive and wide-ranging event that has all the feel of an outdoor summer festival but all indoors under one roof – there’s even an indoor camping option to complete the festival experience.

is a festival that doesn’t shy away from giving its punters what they didn’t know they wanted. The heady mix of musical, culinary and spoken word performances has a re-energising effect that manages to give your mind a good scrubbing before you return to the daily grind. Because of this, Musicport is not just a festival to which we look forward, it’s one that’s become an annual necessity.”

Northern Sky Magazine

“The festival has really changed my perspective on World Music; opening my eyes to the vast spectrum of musical acts the genre encompasses, and also how contemporary it has become. For a music festival that offers captivating music, exciting new cultural experiences… it looks like Musicport is the place to be”.

Yorkshire Coast Gigs 

Established in 2000 to promote live music and music education in Whitby and the surrounding area, Musicport welcomes festival goers of all ages with it’s safe and indoor surroundings – guaranteeing a warm and wonderful festival, whatever the weather!

Being held in the beautiful Pavilion and at one of the UK’s most beautiful and charming seaside resorts of Whitby, North Yorkshire, with an abundance of quality places to eat, drink and stay, makes for a truly unique festival.

Over the years the festival has grown year on year and has established itself as a prestigious event in the festival calendar attracting major names such as Eliza Carthy, Demon Barbers XL, Världens Band, Rachid Taha, The Buena Vista Social Club presents Cachaito Lopez etc, Toumani Diabate, Levellers, Misty In Roots, Courtney Pine, Talvin Singh, Richard Hawley, Hugh Masekela,  Chumbawamba, Altan,  Mory Kante, Osibisa, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, & Los De Abajo to name but a few.

For Tickets please visit:


Full Weekend £99/ £95 concessions

Junior full weekend (11-17) £50.00 – Children under 11 FREE

Musicport Festival 21-23 October 2016

Whitby Pavilion – West Cliff, Whitby YO21 3EN


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