Special Events

Music on the Moor

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Richard Grainger

Sleights Village Hall
April 7th 7.00pm

Tickets £8 / 6 Conc

First of a new series of events in venues across the North York Moors. Our first concert is at Sleights Village Hall and features Richard Grainger, a prolific and diverse artist, songwriter and musician who has been performing profesionally since the 1980's. In a career spanning 30+ years Richard has written scores of beautifully crafted songs on subjects including love, death, the environment, industry, mining and murder.

His most recent studio album, 'Hard Road to Prospect Hill' received the following reviews:

"...skills in song-writing that most of us can only dream of."

"Simply stunning"

"Still writing songs that matter"

"fabulously well-stocked majestic brilliantly infectious inventive and appealing"

A widely respected songwriter and guitarist, Richard has been compared to Nic Jones and Martin Carthy.

His songs are performed by artists including The Wilson Family, Flossie Malavialle, Dick Miles, Monkeys Fist, Kimbers Men and many more...

In 1984 his first solo album, 'Herbs on the Heart', was released by FELLSIDE to great critical acclaim. In the intervening years, he has produced a dozen more albums including 'Thunderwood' with accordionist, Chris Parkinson; 'Town in Time', a musical history of his hometown, Middlesbrough and 'Eye of the Wind', the tale of the world renowned explorer James Cook, produced for radio by the BBC with Sir David Attenborough narrating.

He is a natural performer with an easy relaxed style. His songs are interjected with fascinating and often humorous tales and his live performances receive rave reviews too:

"Richard's performances sit in the memory to be a comfort in far off bleak days. His warm voice is really at home in any venue, large or small..Here is a man at the top of the performance tree. If you get a chance to see him perform, seize it with both hands. He shows how live music is one of the essentials of English Life."

Richard Grainger lives in Whitby, North Yorkshire. As well as a prolific writer and performer, he's a great ambassador, educator and promoter of folk music, culture and tradition.

More info: http://www.richard-grainger.com

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Backyard Concerts

A series of occasional music events in Whitby. Excellent hand-picked artists in a charming, intimate venue make these events really special. The truly gorgeous Sanders Yard Bistro is tucked away off Church Street in the old part of Whitby. Hosts Brian and Sophie ensure a warm welcome, a well stocked bar and fabulous food.

Email moorfolk@googlemail.com to be added to the Festival's mailing list or check out Backyard Concerts' Facebook page.

Next Up

In May we have a couple of Great North Folk Festival tasters planned:

Tuesday May 8th: Sadie & Jay

Antipodean Duo on their second tour of the UK. Sadie & Jay sing captivating songs accompanied by intricate finger style guitar and double bass.. Their contemporary and original folk music styles have leanings to the alternative with a tinge of blues and roots. Blending vocals of rare calibre with an evocative backdrop of traditional folk instruments, this duo perform intimate, expressive and resonant music.

Tickets £15 to include supper

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Thursday May 24th: Op Dipnoi

World music group, based in Sicily. Haunting, beautiful, exciting, dramatic, sensuous, frenzied, stunning and magical are just some of the words used to describe the music of this exceptional group. Their music reflects European traditions, mainly of Greek, Balkan and Celtic origin and focusses especially on Mediterranean influence.

Immerse yourself in the music in this beautiful, intimate setting, enjoying delicious food supplied by our wonderful hosts, Sophie & Brian.

Tickets £15 to include supper

Numbers are strictly limited so get your tickets now and join us for two fabulous evenings of music and food.

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Looking Ahead

Whitby Sea Festival comes to Sander's Yard across the weekend of 6-8 July. Watch this space for more info.