Welcome to Music on the Marr, the world's finest small music festival. You should be able to find everything you need here to be able to work out what the festival's all about, why it's brilliant and where it's at. There's also information about who's on (which is being constantly updated), where you can stay and how much it all costs. Please do contact us if you have any further questions - we want you to come and we want you to have a brilliant time.
WELCOME. I must declare at the beginning how proud and pleased I am to be Patron of Music on the Marr. I have always been full of admiration of the programming of the Festival. The music you will hear and the performers you'll discover this weekend will, I'm sure, endear you to this wonderful Festival and you'll be back for many years to come. For a relatively "small" festival it certainly has "BIG" ideas. You will be able to dance, listen and sing your way through the weekend. I wish you well and look forward to meeting many of you. It is a relatively small site so as a first time visitor you'll meet many people and make new friends. If you've been before you will hopefully, strengthen the friendships you made in previous years. I am confident we'll meet again and I'm able to offer you the welcome I wholeheartedly do this year. Please.... have a great time and tell your friends.
Listen to Roy Bailey’s life and music. Podcast for Sheffield Live’s ‘Thank Goddness its Folk’. Interviewed by James Fagan and Sam Hindley.
Music on the Marr 2016 is already looking fantastic, with the Lindisfarne Story Band, Whapweasel, Calan and Kasai Masai already on the slipway. More details here:
Hadrian Clog, the Hexham Morris Men, magicians and Professor Jigget the fairy hunter and storyteller will appear over the weekend at times to be announced
Various workshops to be announced
“The small festival that punches well above its weight.”
Katie Spicer EFDSS
“It has a distinctive spirit which you could bottle.”
Tony Hendry. The Living Tradition
All this takes place in the heart of Castle Carrock: “an absurdly charming Cumbrian village” at the foot of the Pennine Chain.
We would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors, without them there would be no festival.