June 3rd 2019

A Decade of Dancing - 10 years of Music on the Marr


Relive the bands, fun and atmosphere of this unique festival in a special anniversary booklet.

This celebratory souvenir is one not to be missed by anyone who’s ever enjoyed Marr festivities since 2010.

It will be packed with pictures and reminiscences in a quality, matt laminated cover booklet with silk inner pages.

Be a part of Music on the Marr history. Order your copy now and your name will be included within the booklet in a unique roll of honour.

The booklet will be posted out in the autumn so will include 2019’s highlights to complete the full decade.

All profits from the booklet will go to festival running costs.

Just £12 plus £2 package & posting.


June 1st 2019

Young Musicians Live ! Music on the Marr fundraiser on Saturday June 15th

You are welcome to come and enjoy an evening of live music by past and present ‘Young Musicians’ who have had the opportunity to perform at Music on the Marr.

It's such a valuable and inspiring experience for them and always draws a large crowd at the festival each year. Ben Draper, who is choosing and supporting the musicians, says “As a music teacher I believe strongly that being able to enjoy, listen and create music is an integral part the local community. Apart from ticket sales, festivals like Music on the Marr rely heavily on fundraising, grants and sponsorship to enable them to run successfully, which in turn is the inspiration for running this concert - to continue giving a platform for young musicians as well as experienced ones."

All profits generated will go towards Music on the Marr 2019.

Tickets are £10 from Tom on 01228 670054.

Doors open at 6.30pm Concert starts at 7pm.

Drinks from the Duke next door or bring your own. 


May 15th 2019

Cumbrian festival’s stellar line-up to pay tribute to folk legend

A stellar collection of folk musicians is being lined-up to perform a special one-off tribute at a Cumbrian festival this summer.

Roy Bailey, the doyen of English folk music, was patron of the Music on the Marr festival up to his death last November at the age of 83.

Audiences at the Castle Carrock festival enjoyed performances from the singer for many years - and organisers have moved to fill the gap his passing has left in their 2019 line up.

The Love You Leave Behind Collective is now set to take centre stage on the Saturday of the four-day festival. It will feature interpretations of the songs Bailey made famous from such luminaries as his contemporary Leon Rosselson, son-in-law Martin Simpson and Frankie Armstrong.

Artists who have agreed to join the unique tribute also include Ray Hearne, Jim Woodland, Janet Russell, Sandra Kerr, Andy Cutting, Nancy Kerr, James Fagan and festival favourites Marc Block and Stew Simpson.

Bailey received an MBE for services to folk music, which he returned six years later in protest at Government policy on the Middle East. Tony Benn cited him as "the greatest socialist folk singer of his generation".

Festival director Richard Johnstone said it was testament to Bailey’s legacy that so many well-known artists were keen to play a part.

He said: “We are delighted, but not surprised, by the response to the idea of paying tribute to a man who did so much for music and his fellow man.

“He was also a huge friend to our festival. Roy loved coming to Cumbria each year.

“He loved the friendliness and intimacy of the festival and said it was a place where friendships thrived. To get such a tribute from a man who played all over the world and whose work has inspired others since the 60s was very special indeed.

“We were absolutely determined we wanted to mark his passing with something special. Thanks to the supports of his fellow performers, that’s exactly what we’re building.”

The festival, which runs from July 18-21, this year celebrates its 10th anniversary.

Headliners for the four nights will be Scottish bands Tide Lines and Blazin’ Fiddles, Newcastle’s The Baghdaddies and the multi award-winning Merry Hell.

Tickets and more information are available at


March 18th 2019

Design the T-shirt for 10th anniversary music festival

Fancy yourself as a T-shirt designer?

The Music on the Marr festival is looking for a winning creation to go on the shirts and hoodies marking this year’s 10th anniversary event.

The four-day festival takes place in the village of Castle Carrock between July 18 and 21. Organisers are promising a feast of attractions to help mark its big birthday.

The T-shirts have become something of a festival tradition and organisers are looking for this year’s design to come from the community.

Entries are only open until April 1. Designs must include the MoM logo and celebrate the anniversary.

Full details are available at T-shirt competition on Or to receive the MoM logo email [email protected]


February 16th 2019

Tickets now on sale for award-winning Cumbrian music festival

Tickets are now on sale for the 10th anniversary staging of an award-winning Cumbrian music festival.

Organisers of Music on the Marr have revealed the first headliners and other acts who will appear at the special anniversary from July 18-21. This year’s line-up is set to have a strong Celtic connection with Scotland’s Blazin’ Fiddles and Tide Lines confirmed as headliners for Friday and Saturday night.

To help music-lovers with the cost, organisers have reversed the trend of increasing prices with a full weekend ticket pulled back to £79. Day/Night tickets are also available.

Blazin’ Fiddles are a contemporary fiddle band from the Highlands and Islands who have been wowing audiences with their original material for 20 years.

Tide Lines are a talented four-piece also from the Highlands who have achieved 3m Spotify streams and include in their ranks singer Robert Robertson and multi-instrumentalist Ross Wilson of former festival headliners Skippinish.

Other leading names in this year’s line-up are renowned Danish duo Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund, multi-award winner Martin Simpson, fellow BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, colourful musical collective Zimbaremabwe and Irish four-piece Lankum.

There’s also a return for one of the hits of last year’s festival, Opera-lele, who specialise in singing opera and musical theatre accompanied by the twang of the ukulele.

The not-for-profit festival will kick off on Thursday 18th with its traditional opening ‘give what you can afford’ evening. Acts will include The Trials of Cato, a trio hailed as ‘The Sex Pistols of folk’.

The festival will also feature a special tribute to patron and folk music legend Roy Bailey, who died in November. Details are still being worked on but it’s expected it will include celebrated artists whose work the singer covered.

Headliners for Thursday and Sunday are still to be announced.

Festival organiser Richard Johnstone said: “Over the years we’ve had some amazing performances from bands north of the Border, including Skerryvore, Skippinish and Wolfstone to name just three. So it’s fitting in our 10th year that we again have a strong Celtic flavour, something that our audiences really warm to.

“We’re delighted - and somewhat amazed - to have made it to festival number 10 and we’ll be doing all we can to make sure this year is every bit as good as the previous nine.”

The festival will again operate at four venues within the village of Castle Carrock.  As well as the music there’ll be an Artisans’ Market featuring local crafts, the Magnificent Tea Emporium will be serving refreshments throughout and a range of real ales and street food will be on offer at The Duke of Cumberland pub.

Camping, weekend and single day tickets are available from the Box Office on (01228) 670329. Check out for details on more confirmed acts, including biographies of many of those who’ll be playing.

Local businesses or organisations able to offer financial support are also being sought with a range of sponsorship packages available.

The festival has received plaudits from across the world of folk music and was named Best Community Arts Initiative at 2018’s Carlisle Living Awards.


Photo captions:

Blazin’ Fiddles, Tide Lines and Opera-lele

Notes for editors:

- Music on the Marr was founded in 2010 in a marquee left free following a village wedding.
- We provide Music in the Hat, a ‘give what you can afford’ concert on Thursday evening for early arrivals.
- We provide free access to all accompanied under 16’s exposing them to local, national and international musicians.
- We provide a series of music learning and developmental workshops free to all ticket holders during the festival.
- Partners in delivery include: Castle Carrock School, St Peter’s Church, The Watson Institute, The Duke of Cumberland Inn, Pennine Artisans and a wide variety of musicians, music teachers and the good people of Castle Carrock who give many hours of their time to help make the festival happen.
- The festival has raised thousands of pounds for the St Peter’s Church Restoration Fund and Eden Valley Hospice.
- Music on the Marr is produced and directed by Geltsdale Arts Ltd, a not for profit organisation.
- Twitter @MusicOnTheMarr Facebook @musiconthemarr Instagram @musiconthemarr

Further details:
Richard Johnstone (01228) 670329 and 07802 409770
David Helliwell 07731 635324


Winner Best Community Arts Initiative – Carlisle Living Awards 2018