Wed 21st Mar - Sat 24th May
Ireby Festival 2014
@ Ireby Festival, Wigton
Featuring: Eddi Reader, The Bills, Martyn Joseph, Eliza Gilkyson, Amanda Shires, Flats & Sharps, The Willows, The Will Pound Band, Blackbeard's Tea Party, Marc Block, Chris James & Martin Fletcher, Weikie, Elaine Davidson, Steve Folk & Jane South, Stark (UK)
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Ireby Festival 2014: Eddi Reader + The Bills + Martyn Joseph + Eliza Gilkyson + Amanda Shires + Flats & Sharps + The Willows + The Will Pound Band + Blackbeard's Tea Party + Marc Block + Chris James & Martin Fletcher + Weikie + Elaine Davidson + Steve Folk & Jane South + Stark (UK)
In 2014, Ireby Festival is once again reaching out to all corners of the globe for the best in festival music. The festival always seeks new and exciting sounds so festival goers will have an opportunity to see a huge variety of artists from all over the world.
Set in a farming village at the north west edge of the Lake District National Park, and now in its twelfth year, Ireby Festival offers a wealth of music for all tastes at venues, including St James Church, The Globe Hall and the 600 capacity main stage marquee with stunning views towards Skiddaw, England’s fourth highest mountain. Even the local W.I gets involved with some delicious homemade food on offer!
With value for money weekend adult tickets at £55 and generous concessions for under 17 years, Ireby 2014 promises once again to be an exciting musical experience for all the family!
Visit the website for more details www.irebyfestival.co.uk
Eddi Reader was brought into the limelight with Fairground Attraction and their single 'Perfect' and parent album First of a Million Kisses which both topped the British charts. However, it has been her subsequent solo albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings to life all forms of song and what sets Eddi apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance.
Eddi Reader tour dates
Award winning Canadian roots 5-piece drawing on a diverse range of European styles, the rhythms of Latin America and the musical traditions of their own continent. Breathtaking musical explorations and a natural onstage humour and charm.
The Bills tour dates
Cardiff's acclaimed singer songwriter is an incomparable performer with an uncanny knack of fusing fearless, full-bodied 'songs with a message' with fragile love songs. Voted 'Best Male Artist' in the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards, he has one of the most powerful voices on the acoustic circuit, a string of Top 50 hits to his name (including Dolphins Make Me Cry). 'One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today' - Tom Robinson, BBC 6
Martyn Joseph tour dates
Daughter of famous musician Terry Gilkyson, and acclaimed folk singer in her own right. Eliza's music is a poetical, storytelling experience of her own turbulent life.
Eliza Gilkyson tour dates
The Willows are a folk roots band from Cambridge, UK. Regularly compared to the likes of Alison Krauss & Union Station and Laura Marling, their musical style pulls influence from both Americana and UK Folk traditions. Fronted by the stunningly distinctive voice of Jade Ward (formerly Jade Rhiannon), supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship, The Willows have a distinctively refreshing sound that continues to captivate and inspire audiences everywhere they go.
'They sort of straddle the worlds between Americana and English roots music and do it in a very very deft way’ (Mike Harding Folk Show).
The Willows tour dates
Will Pound is one of the world’s top harmonica players and has taken the instrument to new places and new music with a style that is completely his own.
Will plays both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas and creates sounds not usually heard on this little instrument in styles varying from bluegrass, folk, jazz and Arabic to blues, rock, pop and funk.
Will was nominated BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year 2012.
Will Pound tour dates
Blackbeard's Tea Party combine fiddle, melodeon and voice with the interlocking grooves of two hand percussionists, a distorted electric guitar, and funk-inflected bass patterns. Though their music often takes traditional tunes and songs as the starting point, it's clear that Blackbeard's Tea Party is not for folk purists. Theirs is a gutsy take on folk which aims to renounce the trendy twee of bands like Mumford and Sons in favour of folk's darker and more primitive origins, all by way of classic rock, funk and dance music. The resulting arrangements are often quirky and boisterous. This playfulness - along with their anarchic and ebullient stage show - has won Blackbeard's Tea Party a small legion of fans.
Blackbeard's Tea Party tour dates
A proven multi-instrumentalist, Weikie is focused, labyrinthine troubadour, replete with a dextrous mastery of trad instruments, and an anthology of heartfelt, ruminative ballads
Weikie tour dates
A great singer, songwriter from Wigton who has appeared at the Ireby Festival.
Elaine Davidson tour dates
'One of the most original bands I have heard in a long while and destined for great things' - Music News
'bursting with tight, driving melodicism' - Time Out, Critic's Choice
'An unexpected joy' - R2 Magazine
'These guys are good' - Blues in Britain
'Led by vocalist/guitarist Jamie Francis, the lads ooze class and confidence, delivering blues in a Led Zep tinged style through Resonator guitar, clever songwriting with a modern twist. One to note.' - Blues Matters
With their unorthodox blend of old and new influences, ranging from 1930s American blues to British progressive rock, Stark defy categorisation. For the last three years, this Brighton-based trio have been honing their songwriting and performance skills, recording, producing and releasing their own music - to huge critical acclaim. Their infectious melodies, profoundly poetic lyrics and unique arrangements have won Stark a dedicated and growing fan base.
In 2013, a heavy touring schedule and frequent festival appearances (including Tenby Blues Festival and Bowness Bay Blues) began to put Stark on the map. Since the release of their debut EP, 'Where the Grey Slates Meet', they have built a strong following and gained a reputation for their superlative musicianship. The band's next release, 'Stories From The Ground', has seen them move up another gear. They have had tracks played by Paul Jones and Huey Morgan on Radio 2, reviews have started appearing in major blues and rock publications, and Stark are being booked for top London venues, including the 100 Club and Dingwalls.
Stark (UK) tour dates