Pre-Festival Specials

Two Fabulous Pre-Festival Concerts lined up for 2019:

LINDISFARNE + Miranda Sykes

Thursday 1st Aug 8.00pm (The Ham)

Legendary 70s folk-rock pioneers LINDISFARNE return to form with a classic five-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements on vocals, mandolin, fiddle and slide guitar. With a repertoire of unforgettable songs like Meet Me On The Corner, Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home, audiences can expect a live performance second to none. Guaranteed to get a crowd on its feet and singing along!

Emerging from  Tyneside  in  the  1970s, the original band quickly  carved  out  a  unique  place  for  themselves  as  one  of  British  rock’s  most  original  bands with a  pioneering  sound,  combining  acoustic instruments  with  their  electric  blues  roots to delivering  the unforgettable  songs. Powerful  live  performances  and  unpretentious  style  led  to  worldwide  success  and  an  enviable  reputation  as  festival  favourites,  and  the  annual  Christmas concerts  they  presented  in  their  native  Newcastle  became  the  stuff  of  legend.

ROD CLEMENTS (1969-present) Vocal, mandolin, fiddle, guitars
DAVE HULL-DENHOLM (1994-present) Vocal, guitars
STEVE DAGGETT (1986-present) Vocal, keyboards, guitars
IAN THOMSON (1995-present) Bass, vocal
PAUL THOMPSON (ex-Roxy Music) Drums

Miranda Sykes
Best known for her work with Show of Hands, Miranda brings powerful and poignant songs from her new solo project “Behind The Wall”.

RALPH MCTELL + Kitty Macfarlane

Friday 2nd Aug 3.00pm (The Ham)

One of the great storytellers, RALPH MCTELL is a prolific and gifted Novello-awarded songwriter and virtuoso guitarist. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant. In a career spanning 50 years, Ralph remains as fresh and relevant as ever.

Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album Eight Frames a Second and in 1974 the release of Streets Of London earned him an Ivor Novello Award. His latest release, with fellow West Country icon, Wizz Jones, About Time Too, was released in 2017 bringing the total of his recorded output to over 50 albums! In 2002, Ralph was honoured with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Kitty Macfarlane
Kitty is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset. Her music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye.

All Week and Weekend ticket holders get discounted prices for the two Pre-Festival shows.