Round Three for Acoustic Festival

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THE third Barnsley Acoustic Roots Festival is just round the corner.

From Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8, the festival will be held at The Kingstone School, Broadway.

As with the previous two festivals, acts come from across the UK and North America, showcasing new talent alongside more established acts in five great concerts over three days!

On Saturday there will be auditions for the Seth Lakeman Rising Star Award, with the winners performing on the main stage later in the day. The competition is open to solo acoustic performers and duos. Full details on

In addition, there will be traditional dancing teams performing in the town centre on Saturday morning.

Here is a taste of what is on offer. Friday evening: Acoustic Gathering (ex Lindisfarne, Fairport and Albion members) headline the opening show, performing from the back catalogues and some more recent pieces. The Newcastle connection continues with Fran Smith, who recently graduated from the Folk Degree course. To complete the evening we have the amazing six-piece band Tarras, who hail from Newcastle and the surrounding area, and from Nashville Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart.

On Saturday afternoon, the focus will be on young and talented performers. Opening the show is Miss Quincy from Canada, featuring songs from her new, bluesy album Like the Devil Does. Also on stage will be demon banjo and harmonica players Walsh and Pound and six-piece all-women outfit The Shee.

Saturday evening’s show is headlined by Brass Monkey, a ground-breaking five-piece band, which incorporates trumpet and trombone as well as squeezeboxes, mouth organ, percussion and guitar. Also performing will be Jessica Lawson, Walsh and Pound and Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart.

Sunday afternoon’s concert will guarantee a good time with music from Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, bluegrass stars the Toy Hearts and the London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra.

Sunday evening will bring the festival to a finish on a high-note with three incredible acts: Edward II, Po Girl and Patsy Matheson and Becky Mills.

To find out details of festival tickets, contact the Barnsley Civic Box Office, on 01226 237000.

RISING from the ashes of the much-loved John Wright Band is Other Roads, who are at the Chestefield Folk Club tomorrow night. The band’s previous engagement at the club was cancelled 15 months ago when snow brought chaos to the region. Band members Pete Abbott and Gregor Borland were among the musicians that the late John Wright gathered around him and are now joined by Dave Walmisley.

GUESTS at the Rock@Matlby, Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby tomorrow are Karen Tweed and Kevin Dempsey. Next Friday’s music comes from The Lonnie Donegan Band, featuring Peter Donegan, Lonnie’s son who continues the tradition.

THE Thomas Brothers transport their Americana/roots/folk from the foothills of the Appalachians to the Greystones on Monday.