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Music Festival, from 18 Oct 2019, £50-£125

Musicport Festival

Musicport Festival


From its first “one-off “festival to celebrate the Millennium in 2000 until the present Musicport has succeeded in bringing some of the finest musicians from around the world to the Yorkshire coast. From the Buena Vista Social Club to Hugh Masekela from Courtney Pine to Richard Hawley it’s been a fascinating journey of discovery for the organisers and the audience as highest quality music from lands both far away and much close to home have graced the 5 stages of this unique and friendly indoor festival.

Marking its 20th anniversary Festival Director Jim McLaughlin, who has programmed the festival since its inception, was keen to bring back some of the acts who have helped create the festival’s ethos and reputation in what will no doubt end up being seen as a
“Best Of Musicport“ line-up.
“ We think this line-up will ensure a non-stop party all weekend “ he adds

This year’s tour includes the following:
Monday 21st October 7.00pm Andy Irvine (Eire) @ Hawsker Church.
Legendary Irish hailed as "a tradition in himself" and “one of the great Irish singers” From his days fronting Planxty & Patrick Street up to the present he continues to travel the world now as a solo troubadour.

Monday 21st October 9.30pm Moussu T E Lei Jovents (France) @ Grosvenor Robin Hoods Bay
Brilliantly quirky and musically talented Marseilles band who reflect the diverse nature of their home city – with blues and jazz, and Caribbean and Brazilian influences sung in the Occitan language

Tuesday 22nd 8pm Moussu T E Lei Jovents (France) plus support @ The Forge Aislaby – returning to the scene of their triumphant pub gig in 2016 where they had a packed house up and dancing

Wednesday 23rd 7.30pm Naghma & Paul Downes @ St Hilda’s Church Danby.
Naghma explore Indian and western music traditions with a detour into jazz standards. Paul Downes is widely experienced singer and multi-instrumentalist from Devon and is widely regarded as one of the best acoustic guitarists on the folk scene. He has rich musical background including playing with Pete Seeger & Maggie Boyle.

Thursday 24th 7.30pm Paul Armfield & Mackie @ The Robinson Institute Glaisdale
Paul is an exceptionally gifted songwriter and performer based on the Isle of Wight whose reputation has spread far, far beyond and whose big burly character belies the beauty and sensitivity of his songs. Mackie is Whitby’s own fine young singer-songwriter who is beginning to be known a lot further afield.

Friday 25th 7.30pm Poor Nameless Boy (Canada) @ St Oswalds Church Lythe
Indie folk artist Poor Nameless Boy with his band on first date of their UK tour. “Pop hooks hidden in melodies you can drink your coffee to. Folk lyrics to drive you to the contemplative. Indie voice that softens the bitter topics and wounded hearts.” A real treat to finish the tour in the most beautiful venue.

With just 5 weeks until the 20th Musicport Festival founder and director Jim McLaughlin believes it is the strongest line-up in its 20-year history. With over 3/4 of the tickets sold people are advised not to wait too long before booking as there is no guarantee there will be tickets on the door. There are also still spaces at Indoor camping for those wanting to get the full festival experience (although admittedly it does have central heating, full kitchen facilities and showers).
Jim McLaughlin says “We are really excited by this year’s programme … there are too many potential highlights to actually single out any in particular as in lots of ways this can be seen as a “Best Of Musicport” line-up to celebrate our first 20 years. We are also expecting to be able to announce a major new initiative at this year’s festival which will provide the basis for major developments to take the festival forward for the next 20 years. “
Late additions to this year’s published line-up include :
· Lemn Sissay will be doing an additional performance on Sunday morning on main stage due to his current high profile (number one in The Times Best Seller list this week) as the theatre might be rather full for his Saturday one
· Paul Armfield - ‘A hidden treasure, heir apparent to deathless troubadours such as Tim Hardin ’Paul will be performing Saturday and will be involved compering and performing on the village tour (21st -25th)
· Phoebe Ophelia Douthwaite – “Finding Folk “(Arts Council funded and highly rated One-Woman Theatre Show). A late stand-in for Talaro who had visa refused twice.
· Fie Fie Fie - They got a standing ovation when they last played the festival.
· Lence – Impressive young Leeds rapper closing Friday late on North Sea Stage
· The FM Organ - a playable drone instrument, built by Yorkshire artist Napoleon IV -using 10 FM transmitters and 27 FM radios. It will be installed in the basement of La Rosa Hotel just over the road from the main venue and free to view /interact with throughout weekend.
· Old Time Rags who brilliantly uphold the traditions of Vaudeville, music hall and classic street entertainment.
· A showing of the film of Jeremy Hardy at Musicport '16 as a tribute to the much-missed comedian.
A whole programme of workshops is now confirmed including the following : Salsa Dance Political Conflict Resolution Through Play , Magic , Cookery Demonstrations ( Randall Romero & guests) Indian Singing, Group Singing , Bollywood Dance , Drum Circle , Somatics , Tai Chi ,Hang Drum Flat Dance, Musical Saw, Spoons. Poetry (John Hegley) and Meet The Artist Sessions (with Ian Clayton)
Young people's activities: The Makee Marquee has a variety of activities including "Create your own Desert Island" and "Weave Away", while Captain Kipper will entertain with his special brand of tale-telling and magic - ooh aaarrrr! There will be pop-up magic too from Paul Bower, and a special percussion workshop on the Blundabus ... plus henna t-shirts and a junk instrument workshop led by Maurice of the Really Rubbish Orchestra from Northern Ireland.

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Dates Times
Fri 18 Oct 2019 13:00 to 16:00
Sat 19 Oct 2019 13:00 to 16:00
Sun 20 Oct 2019 13:00 to 16:00
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