Who’s On When?


6.45  The Geltsdale Singers
7.00 Loose Cargo
7.30   The Brothers Gillespie
8.20  Nae Plans with Adam Sutherland & Hamish Napier
9.45  Kanda Bongo Man (Congo)

The Hexham Morris Men and The Hexhamshire Lasses


6.30 The Talkin Singers
6.30 Loose Cargo
7.30 Keith Donnelly
7.30 Moore Moss Rutter
8.30 The Sarah Gillespie Trio
10.00 The Elephant Sessions (Scotland)


11.00 am The Reservoir Race
11.15 Marc Block’s Coff Morning
12.30  Max Baker
12.45 The Reservoir Story
1.00 The Talkin Fellas
1.15 and 3.45  Katy Rose Bennett
2.15 Steve Ridley and Dylan Carter
2.15 Hadrian’s Union CD Launch Party
3.00 and 7.30 Les Barker
3.15 Landermason
3.45 The Liberty to Choose (Lucy Ward, Jackie Oates, James Findlay, Brian Peters)
5.00 The Young Musicians Showcase & Castle Carrock School Choir
5.15 The Adventures of Andy Kershaw
6.45 An Audience with Rick Kemp
7.30 Les Barker
8.30 Lucy Ward
9.30 Fire Show
10.00 pm Wolfstone with Duncan Chisholm (Scotland)


10.30 am Five in a Bar
12.30 Holly Clarke
1.15 Dan Walsh
1.30 and 3.00 Steve Turner
2.00 Green Man’s Apprentice
2.30 Keith Donnelly
2.20 Zimbaremabwe Mbira Vibes (Zimbabwe)
3.30 Brian Peters
3.45 Roy Bailey with Marc Block
4.00 Festival Praise
4.20 and 7.30 Talisk
5.15  James Findley Trio
6.15 Loose Cargo
6.30 The Brothers Gillespie
7.30 Talisk
8.35 Catrin Finch and Seckou Ketia (Wales & Senegal)
10.00 pm The Urban Folk Quartet

Sunday only Professor Jigget

Also throughout the weekend:
Hexham Morris Men and Hexhamshire Lasses Dance OutHadrian Clog Dancers Carlisle Clog and Sword DancersAstral Circus, Magician Stuart Bowie.


Workshops & Special Events


The Geltsdale Singers

Thursday 6.45pm (St Peter’s Church)

Now into our third year as Castle Carrock’s very own community choir (thank you Richard Johnstone for getting us off the ground) will be singing some of our favourite new songs.  Expect to hear lovely harmonies from Africa, Estonia and (a real language stretch) Wales! Even a few in English too.  Our focus is more on having fun; performing and rehearsing doesn’t come naturally but since St Peter’s is our home for singing we can’t resist joining in with the music.   If you enjoy our songs, live locally and have a thirst for building community through song come and join us on Monday evenings.

The Brothers Gillespie

Thursday 7:30pm (Main Stage)

The Brothers Gillespie
The Brothers Gillespie (James and Sam) have just released their debut album ‘Songs from the Outlands’. They grew up in a village in Northumberland on the edge of what was once the Roman Empire – now part of a wide area of borderland between the River Tyne and the firth of Forth, rich in tradition and song. Blending expressive guitar and fiddle work with rich vocal harmony, they play old and new music drawn from the roots and rising from the cultural streams that flow into that land.

 “Well this is a rare treat… These are the kind of tunes that appear to have been constructed from bracken and wildflowers and are quietly superb. If you like proper folk music, then do seek them out.” The Crack Magazine

Kanda Bongo Man Congo

Legendary Congolese musician Kanda Bongo Man comes to Music on the Marr.

He is known for the structural changes he implemented to soukous music, the dance music of Zaire. The previous approach was to sing several verses and have one guitar solo at the end of the song. Kanda Bongo Man revolutionized soukous by encouraging guitar solos after every verse and even sometimes at the beginning of the song. His form of soukous gave birth to the kwassa kwassa dance rhythm where the hips move back and forth while the hands move to follow the hips.

“Kanda Bongo Man sure knows how to have fun. This is some of the most joyous music I’ve ever heard, heavy on both melody and rhythm.” Option Magazine

Nae Plans with Adam Sutherland & Hamish Napier Scotland

Two of Scotland’s foremost musicians, Multi- instrumentalist, teacher, composer and vocalist Hamish Napier  (Back of the Moon, Mans Ruin) and ”drenched in talent” fiddler Adam Sutherland (The Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Croft No5, Peatbog Fairies) come to Music on the Marr with the always exciting ‘Nae Plans’. Every show is strictly and deliberately unrehearsed, there is no set list; none knows what will happen next; It’s all off the cuff, capturing the duos’ raw creativity and demonstrating their outstanding musical intuition and sharp wit. Nae Plans have just released their second album  ‘Nae Plans Vol. II Live’.  Don’t miss this.


The Elephant Sessions Scotland

The Elephant Sessions

The Elephant Sessions are an uplifting Scottish Neo-Trad quintet that combines traditional Scottish folk music with more modern genres. Drawing on influences from many different genres, The Elephant Sessions are renowned for their breathtaking live shows where they create a progressive blend of intricate tunes, engulfing guitars, monstrous bass and pounding drums.  Elephant Sessions won Up and Coming Artist of the Year in the 2014 Scots Trad Music Awards and in 2016 were nominated as best live act.

Moor Moss Rutter

Moor Moss Rutter

Tom Moore, Archie Churchill-Moss and Jack Rutter hail from three distinct regions of the UK – they combine musical material, style and tradition from Norfolk, Somerset and Yorkshire respectively. Since 2009, Moore Moss Rutter have been playing as a trio, meticulously reworking English tunes and compositions into sets and songs which have been described as “intelligently crafted musical adventures”. Often praised for musical “maturity and sophistication”, it is their aim to carefully create soundscapes of mellow and precisely engineered beauty – as well as wild builds of tension and tempestuous climaxes. The trio have performed widely, at venues and events ranging from Glastonbury, to folk clubs and living rooms. Moore Moss Rutter are winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2011.

Sarah Gillespie

Sarah Gillespie

We welcome Sarah, and her trio back to MOM. Her music is a fusion of jazz, folk and blues knitted together by poetic, streetwise lyricism. The Guardian’s jazz critique John Fordham describes Gillespie as ‘(joining) Bob Dylan’s lyrical bite and languid delivery to the forthrightness of Joni Mitchell, with a little rap-like percussiveness thrown in, she is an original.” Sarah also writes political papers published on various news websites, paints, performs poetry and hosts song writing workshops.

Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly has been our MC at Music on the Marr since the early days spreading mirth whoever he goes. He brings his own body weight in comedy gold to each and every set. In no particular order, Keith has been described as “a superbly original Stand-Up,” “a great singer-songwriter,” “a fine guitarist,” “a kids entertainer par excellence,” “a stunning storyteller,” and “the cleanest comic I’ve ever seen.” Never were truer words spoken, as you shall see for yourselves when he takes to the stage to delight, amuse and entertain. He has written substantial live Stand-Up routines and TV material for the likes of Phil Cool and Jasper Carrott, as well as having written for TV companies such as Celador (the ‘Who wants to be a Millionaire’ people) and Ragdoll (the ‘Tellytubbies’ people).

Never, ever, offensive – safe to bring your kids, your mother or your great-great-granny too!

Loose Cargo 

Loose Cargo have turned back the clock, reimagining classic songs from the 50s onwards, to how they might have sounded if the mandolin had continued as a mainstream instrument.

With a thumping double bass pounding out a rhythm, and powerful vocals towering over, Loose Cargo will have you dancing in the aisles and singing along to songs you know and love, as you’ve never heard them before.

The Talkin Singers

The Talkin Singers sing in unaccompanied four-part harmony. Very few of the singers read music or have any music knowledge. The Singers sing because they love singing. With songs ranging from spirituals through to pop and hymns to songs from the Great American Songbook the Talkin Singers embrace a range of genres. Recent gigs include Hayton WI Christmas meeting and Talkin Proms.
So here they are, branching out to Music on the Marr. We hope you enjoy our programme.


Wolfstone with Duncan Chisholm Scotland

Wolfstone dragged Scottish music – sometimes kicking and screaming, but always quite loudly — into the world of rock. They were loud and proud and transferred Seattle’s grunge ethic from the Pacific Northwest to the Highlands, applying it to both traditional and their original music. It all began in 1989 when multi award winning fiddler Duncan Chisholm put together a ceilidh band to play dances in the Highlands. With a blend of electric & acoustic guitars, fiddle, pipes & pulsating percussion, Wolfstone are now the world’s premier Celtic Fusion band.  They are named after the “Wolfstone”, a Pictish stone originally sited at Ardross, Easter Ross, close to where the band initially recorded.

Lucy Ward

Since she won ‘Best Newcomer’ – in the 2012 Folk Awards, Lucy has taken the folk world by storm. Her winning stage presence, versatility and passionate delivery have made a big impact on audiences across the piece. Her eclectic repertoire includes modern folk songs and occasional pop covers, but she can turn in a powerful performance of a traditional song too.

“She was born with stage presence and played an amazing set. Her voice is like an angel’s and she’s hilarious too”. -Efestivals


LandermasonLandermason’ are a duo like no other! Multi instrumentalist Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, whistles, saxes, clarinet and recorder) and Paul Mason (guitars and vocals) have developed a unique sound which displays their undoubted talents. Often described as ‘refreshingly different, they combine both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles in their beautiful compositions and striking arrangements. Their live sound is impressive, full of variety and with plenty of audience interaction.

The Liberty to Choose

Liberty To Choose

‘The Liberty to Choose’ is a celebration of the best in English traditional song.  In this special performance, Jackie Oates, Lucy Ward, James Findlay and Brian Peters combine their talents to produce superb arrangements of rare gems and old favourites from the landmark collection, ‘The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs’, with fiddles, guitars, melodeon and concertina, and four great voices combining in harmony.  Originally conceived by Brian for the 2013 CD of the same name (Fellside Records FECD257,  also featuring Bella Hardy) ‘The Liberty to Choose’ proves that the old songs stand the test of time!

Thoroughly satisfying, rich in not only inventive approaches but also some imaginative surprises… treating the songs with respect, but not deference.” The Living Tradition

The Young Musicians’ Showcase

Each year we are delighted to provide a show of young and emerging talent drawn from local schools by music teacher Ben Draper. Get there early if you want a seat.


EVE DODDS is 15 years old and attends William Howard School. She plays guitar and ukulele and  loves to sing. Her passions include art and dance, and Eve would like to go into the Arts in the future. One to watch!

FREDDIE SPEIGHT, aged 15, is a pupil at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith. He has been playing the piano for around 7 years and in that time he has played at Music on the Marr twice. As well as playing the piano, Freddie also creates music on his computer – if you would like to hear some of his songs, search ” Freddie Speight” into SoundCloud on the internet. A diverse musician, Freddie returns to the piano this year for an eclectic mix.

COURTNEY MATTINSON is approaching her 14th birthday and is currently a pupil at William Howard School in Brampton. Having a natural flair for performing arts she enjoys being a student at Stagecoach Theatre School in her spare time. Courtney is an avid animal-lover, regularly taking her family dog to obedience and agility training and considering a career in veterinary nursing. Her interest in saxophone came at age 10 when she started having lessons at primary school, but since summer 2015 her playing ability has developed enormously due to the talent and enthusiasm of fantastic musician and tutor, Roz Sluman.

FINLEY TEASDALE (aged 18) has been playing guitar for eight years and has performed many times around North Cumbria, including at Music on the Marr. An academic individual, he studies Maths, Further Maths and Physics – music provides him an artistic and creative side. Expect a popular and alternative mix of songs from a seasoned performer.

THE AGENDA is an upcoming band made up of four young musicians who are currently studying music at William Howard sixth form. The band recently made their debut gig at the Old Fire Station in Carlisle and have since performed at multiple venues and events around Cumbria. The Agenda are influenced by a plethora of genres from the likes of Amy Winehouse to Fleetwood Mac. The band enjoy covering sixties Motown music and adding their own creative flair which is largely acoustic, focussing on getting the perfect blend of vocals. Luca Dixon (keys and acoustic guitar); Jonny Irving (vocals and flute); McCauley Benson (vocals and percussion); Joe Usher (vocals and acoustic guitar) and Kaya Palmer (vocals and acoustic guitar). What a thrilling way to end the 2017 Showcase!

The Adventures of Andy Kershaw

The Rochdale lad who became Leeds University’s greatest impresario, BBC broadcaster, controversialist and foreign correspondent talks about his life and his book. Recollections from times spent on the front lines of rock & roll and on the front lines of some of the world’s most extreme and dangerous countries. He will be signing copies of his book ‘No Off Switch’.

A fascinating and often hilarious two hour audio-visual presentation from ‘the finest British broadcaster bar none… an amazing man’ -Stephen Fry.

A gloriously cheeky bastard. Read his book. A handbook for our times – Pete Townshend.

An Audience with Rick Kemp

Songwriting legend and Steeleye Span stalwart, Rick Kemp joins Music on the Marr . He will talk about his remarkable life and play some of his excellent songs.

Hadrian’s Union

Hadrian’s Union are a five piece Contemporary Folk Indie band from the debateable lands of England and Scotland. They have been resident at MOM  since 2010 and they were signed to Fellside Records in 2013.They now have a new line-up: Stew Simpson (Guitar/Vocals);  BBC 2 Folk Award winners Brian Bell (Bass) and Robin Jowett (Melodeon and Keys) both associated with Whapweasel; BBC 2 Folk Awards  semi-finalist Malcolm Bushby (Violin) previous bands include Folkestra and Tom McConville Band ; David Pratt (Drums) associated with Poison Whiskey Band, Man With Stick and Peg Powler. Influences include: Lindisfarne, Home Service, Stackridge, Bonzo Dog Dooh Dah Band.

They will be launching their new album at MOM this year.

Les Barker

Les Barker writes strange poems and comes from originally from Manchester, but he’s now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He’s written 77 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don’t quite believe what they’ve just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two.

Les began his career as assistant to Mrs Ackroyd, a small hairy mongrel who lay around in folk clubs, bit people and became famous. Mrs Ackroyd was the only dog ever to own her own record label. Since her sad demise, Les is mainly a solo performer, though he has taken to working with humans from time to time.

Max Baker

Local resident Max did a show at MOM last year and received a standing ovation. Now he is back and he will be singing some of the songs from his new album ‘Northern Hills’.

Originally from North Yorkshire, Max was one of the founders of the thriving Skipton Folk Club and a member of the clubs resident band ‘Jigsaw’ who gigged all over Yorkshire and Lancashire. Soon after moving to Cumbria he retired from playing to spend more time with his new family but he is now performing again with a batch of new songs. He has lost nothing with the passage of time and he is as enthusiastic and tuneful as ever. Max can also be seen at the festival as a founder member of The D’Ukes ukulele band and in the pub singing (and drinking) in the sessions and enjoying the crack.

Steve Ridley and Dylan Carter

Steve started playing aged 11 and gigging by 14. His first band was Maureen & The Thunder beats. He has played with Marmalade, The Yardbirds (Jimmy Paige on bass & Jeff Beck on guitar) and The Groundhogs”. He started Soul/R&B Band Uncle Toms Express.

This year Steve is joined by his best mate & grandson Dylan Carter on Keyboards. Together they run the school stage here at Music On The Marr. They played on The Kirklinton Hall stage at Stepping Stones & Carlisle Folk & Blues Club. Now they are writing & playing together. History repeating?

Astral Circus

Who knows what antics Astral will perform? Circus performers in many guises will be around on Saturday and Sunday.




The Reservoir Story

Ian K Brown and Tom Speight present, for the first time, “The Reservoir Story”. Castle Carrock Waterworks opened on July 22nd 1909 to supply Carlisle with a fresh supply of drinking water – the result of 6 years of hard labour by 700 navvies, over a decade of municipal argument, and a visionary design. Rumour has it that a dozen different places for thirsty diggers to drink away their toil sprung up in the village. Find out how and why it all happened – in specially composed songs, original poetry and beautiful old photographs.

The Talkin Fellas

The Talkin Fellas come to Music on the Marr following a number of successful gigs in local pubs, clubs and festivals. Named after nearby landmark, Talkin Fell, their original, lively folk songs focus on the characters, landscape and natural history of North Cumbria and the Borders. Birds, bilberries and Border Reivers all feature in their foot stomping repertoire.


The Urban Folk Quartet UK/Spain

The Urban Folk Quartet

The Urban Folk Quartet’s distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.
“UFQ are impossibly Wonderful – fRoots

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita Wales/Senegal

This project is a stunning shared musical journey between two world class virtuosos – Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita. Seckou is both a member of the royal Keita dynasty from Mal, and a griot, a traditional West African praise singer. He has built a formidable reputation as “an inspired exponent of the kora”(The Guardian) and is “a brilliant live performer with stacks of charisma” (Lucy Duran, Radio BBC3). Harpist Catrin Finch is one of Wales’ leading international musical ambassadors, and one of the world’s finest players of this most Welsh of instruments. Her concert appearances with the world’s top orchestras span the globe, Catrin Finch is once again proving her radical and adventurous musical spirit with this wedding of Welsh and West African musical culture.

Roy Bailey

Music on the Marr’s patron, Roy Bailey is one of those remarkable musicians who by simply singing songs changes people’s lives and the world around them. Now in his 82nd year he has been singing other peoples songs and making them completely his own – usually containing a world changing message, embarrassing politicians and keeping the flame of socialism and internationalism burning bright in the darkest of times. He started playing skiffle 56 years ago in student bars; he has since appeared at The Royal Albert Hall and toured around the world. He is held by his fellow musicians as a great singer and trail blazer.

Roy had a new album ‘Live At Towersey Folk Festival 2015’, where he is also patron.” …he shows himself to be still well capable of drawing – and keeping in thrall – a massive audience in live performance”. David Kidman

Marc Block

Marc Block has made many very well-received festival appearances in recent years and through his association with festival patron Roy Bailey he has become a regular at MOM. Currently performing solo, he is gaining a reputation as a fine songwriter an interpreter of traditional songs. His two albums: The Hawthorn Spring and more recently Brisk and Breezy released last year, have both received critical acclaim. His interpretation of  Don McLean’s song Vincent has become an instant classic.

“One of the most exciting singers I have heard in a long time” – Mike Harding.

Steve Turner

Steve Turner

Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo .After a thirteen year break, building up an internationally known stringed instrument business, he made a welcome return to performing in folk clubs and festivals in 2005. His 6th album “Rim of the Wheel” was released in spring 2012 and received rave reviews.


Zimbaremabwe are a musical collective led by Linos Wengara Magaya. They perform, practice and teach Zimbabwean arts particularly Mbira based music, both traditional and modern. Mbira is a traditional Zimbabwean instrument used in Shona culture for spiritual ceremonies.

Zimbaremabwe are based in Brighton, with its musical roots in Zimbabwe and the spiritual values of traditional Zimbabwean culture. They play and teach traditional sets, centered around Mbira, the spiritual instrument of Zimbabwean culture, as well as  Mbira Reggae style, which brings the sounds of Mbira tradition together with modern Reggae.

Talisk  Scotland


Mohsen Amini (concertina), Hayley Keenan (fiddle) and Craig Irving (guitar) create a captivating, energetic and dynamic sound that, in little more than a year, has earned them multiple award wins and nationwide media and audience attention, as well as a nomination for Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the 2015 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Most recently, Amini was crowned the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, adding to their collective trophy cabinet that far belies their years.

The musicianship is phenomenal, the enthusiasm infectious – Folk Radio UK

Roy had a new album ‘Live At Towersey Folk Festival 2015’, where he is also patron.” …he shows himself to be still well capable of drawing – and keeping in thrall – a massive audience in live performance”. David Kidman

Brian Peters

Brian believes strongly in the power and relevance of the old songs, specializing particularly in the great ballads of the British Isles, riveting stories set in music: “Brian Peters plunges deep into the ancient songs, finds their power, mystery, evil, drollery and courage, and brings them to us fresh”, declared one American writer. His accompaniments on three instruments give a wide range of musical textures to his songs, and his live presentation, Songs of Trial & Triumph, focusing on ballads from the Child collection, has been well-received at many festivals.  Though in performance he’s not a traditional diehard, including songs from unexpected sources, and never forgetting that folk music is meant to be accessible, and fun.

James Findlay Trio

James comes from a family of folk singers and his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition.  He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon.   He couples this with an extensive repertoire and love for song that shows through his knowledge and understanding of the material. The trio include Alfie Gidley and Jon Dyer.

“Bloody hell, what a voice! This was my first thought as he launched into his songs. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him.” – Jon Boden

Holly Clarke

Holly Clarke is a Cumbrian Folk/Traditional singer, singing songs from the British Isles and her own compositions. While staying true to the traditional styles of singing Holly aims to bring a contemporary sound to give old stories a new dramatic edge.

Currently based and studying in Newcastle, Holly is gaining experience playing venues such as, The Davy Lamp folk club, the Bridge folk club and Sage Gateshead. Previous festivals include Beverley Folk Festival, Whitby Folk Week and Kendal Calling. 2015 saw Holly release her first EP – I am Boudicca -and 2016 reached the semi final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

5 In a Bar

Five in a Bar formed in 1998, brought together by friendship and the sheer joy of singing in harmony. They perform regularly across the North of England singing their own a capella arrangements over a wide variety of music – from folk, jazz to contemporary classics and blues. Their guiding maxim is “songs of meaning sung with feeling” Their harmonies evoke feelings of love, joy and reflection. They collaborate each year with Demi Paradise productions for Deck the Hall Christmas shows performed in the acoustically stunning setting of the Shire Hall in Lancaster. They are Jude Glendinning, Anne Green, Diane Sammons, Carole Wood and Val Macconnell.

The Talkin  Fellas

The Talkin Fellas come to Music on the Marr following a number of successful gigs in local pubs, clubs and festivals. Named after nearby landmark, Talkin Fell, their original, lively folk songs focus on the characters, landscape and natural history of North Cumbria and the Borders. Birds, bilberries and Border Reivers all feature in their foot stomping repertoire.

The Brothers Gillespie

The Brothers Gillespie
The Brothers Gillespie (James and Sam) have just released their debut album ‘Songs from the Outlands’. They grew up in a village in Northumberland on the edge of what was once the Roman Empire – now part of a wide area of borderland between the River Tyne and the firth of Forth, rich in tradition and song. Blending expressive guitar and fiddle work with rich vocal harmony, they play old and new music drawn from the roots and rising from the cultural streams that flow into that land.

 “Well this is a rare treat… These are the kind of tunes that appear to have been constructed from bracken and wildflowers and are quietly superb. If you like proper folk music, then do seek them out.” The Crack Magazine

Green Man’s Apprentice

Green Man’s Apprentice is a newly-formed group based in Penrith. The trio plays both original and traditional Celtic and English songs and tunes. Featuring Karen Donnelly on flute, Pete Moran on guitar and vocals and Peter Michael Rowan on everything else (including fiddle, cuatro and vocals!), Green Man’s Apprentice produces subtle, uncluttered arrangements that truly give the songs and tunes centre stage.

Dan Walsh

Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist, Dan Walsh is described as ‘the real deal’ (UNCUT). His eclectic, innovative approach and claw hammer style has led to many exciting collaborations alongside his solo work including tours with Northeast concertina legend Alistair Anderson and recent work with sensational Indian sarangi player Suhail Yusuf Khan as well as Canadian country singer Meaghan Blanchard.  He remains a member of the award winning Urban Folk Quartet.

Hexham Morris Men and Hexhamshire Lasses Dance Out








The Morris is England’s oldest surviving dance tradition. For at least five and a half centuries, it has been performed to welcome the spring, and to mark the turning of the year at midsummer and midwinter. One version of it was danced in Hexham until the 19th century. A local revival began in 1976. In their costume of grey top hats, blue baldrics and individually embroidered waistcoats the Hexham Morris Men became a familiar sight at  events like the Morpeth Gathering and the Ovingham Goose Fair. They have earned an excellent reputation for their dancing and are now established as one of the best Cotswold Morris Dance teams in the North. They perform a full and varied programme of Cotswold dances from Fieldtown, Ducklington and Lichfield also border and North East rapper sword dances. New recruits are urgently needed.

The Hexhamshire Lasses The Hexhamshire Lasses began during the winter of 1992-93, with just 8 dancers.  Now into the 21st summer of dancing they are a well-established dance side. The lasses perform in their own style a repertoire of traditional dances using garlands, sticks and handkerchiefs together with several compositions of their own. A selection of lively step clog dances is also included in the repertoire performed by the Hexham Clog team. The Lasses kit consists of royal blue pinafore dresses and white blouses trimmed with gingham. Hats and black shoes with bells also form part of our outfit.

Hadrian Clog Dancers

Hadrian Clog are a local clog dancing team based along Hadrian’s Wall who dance traditional steps from Northumberland, Durham, Cumbria, Westmorland, Lancashire, Shetland Isles, Cape Breton, Scottish Highlands, Quebec, Ottawa and more. They try to keep the traditions authentic, with the styles reflecting their place of origin.

Ian K BIan K Brownrown

Following a long and successful teaching career Ian has been enjoying a new career in music.

Ian is now an instrumental teacher for guitar, ukulele and singing in Northumberland and Cumbria. In addition to that he has a film company called Flashlight Films ( ) which he runs with his son, Matthew and who will be seen around the festival capturing the magic for another festival video.

Ian has two albums of his own songs, ‘Dancing with Shadows’ – produced by Rick Kemp (Steeleye Span’s bass man) in 2001 and ‘Rough Around the Edges’ – 2008, and is currently recording a third album with just voice and guitar.

Music on the Marr is a very special festival for him and he is looking forward to being part of it again with his voice, guitar, the D’Ukes and most definitely with ukuleles.

This year will be different again as Ian has written some new songs of local interest for a joint venture with Castle Carrock’s very own Tom Speight

If you have never experienced doing a uke workshop with Ian make sure that you do one in 2016 – so if you have a ukulele, bring it with you, and you could be amazing too. However he will have at least 16 spare ukes with him!

You will also see him shuffling around in the ‘Reservoir Race’ – what other festival has its own family fun run!

To see what he is up to check out his ‘Musician’ facebook page

To hear him visit  

To see him visit 

The D’Ukes

The D’Ukes return to MoM once again to wow audiences with their top tunes and charismatic chord structures. The band has a special affinity with Music on the Marr. It was formed by local people from Castle Carrock and surrounding villages three years ago, following a ukulele workshop at the festival led by Ian Brown. Since then they’ve gone on to play and perform regularly, and have even been filmed by BBC Look North when they took part in the Hadrians Wall of Sound event two years ago for BBC Music Day.

Carlisle Clog and Sword Dancers

Traditional Clog, English Longsword and Step Dancing side, based in Carlisle. They have had a long and chequered past, with various incarnations and monikers. The side is predominantly clog and step, with some long sword dances being perfected. They have, in the past, performed Rapper, Border, Cotswold and North West, and has danced in many places, both in Britain and overseas. The Cloggies are predominantly female, but do not exclude males from taking part.

Astral Circus

Who knows what antics Astral will perform? Circus performers in many guises will be around on Saturday and Sunday.




Yan Tan Tethera

Goblins have made a home at the festival and Professor Jigget needs your help to find them! So, you must keep your eyes peeled and wits about you as the Professor leads you on a walk, under trees and through fields, to find these mischievous faerie folk.  At the end of your adventure you can make your very own goblin head on a stick – using clay and natural materials found on the walk.