Music at Staithes Festival
Once again we have a terrific line up for our two concerts put together by our musical director Chris Wade. www.stradamusic.com/
Saturday Afternoon Concert
Lifeboat House 1pm-3pm
Jinski are the acoustic duo Stephen Wegrzynski and Dave Kennedy, with music that touches the borders of folk, country and pop, keeping alive the song-writing tradition whilst remaining resolutely modern.
The ever popular Men of Staithes return this year to sing their evocative songs of the sea,
To end the afternoon concert we have the folk inspired duo of Jess Lawson with her autoharp and acoustic guitar and Phil Simpson on melodeon, singing about love, loss, war, the sea and fallen women.
Saturday Buskers on the Staithe 2.45pm-4.15pm
Jinski and Jess Lawson and Phil Simpson will be on the harbour front for a relaxed acoustic session.
If you would like to join the Saturday Buskers, it would be great if you would let us know in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or pop along to the gazebo at the weekend and sign in. Acoustic only please.
Sunday Teatime Concert on the Staithe 3.45pm-6.30pm
Our finale concert celebrates the incredible talent nurtured in Staithes, first by children of Seton Community Primary School, Staithes under Bob Butterfield. With funding from last year's festival, Bob, a peripatetic music teacher, has worked with these young children who, with no formal music lessons or individual teaching, but through whole class teaching, have reached a high standard. Do come along to support the Youth Workshop Band and hear them showcase their newly acquired skills.
There is more youthful talent on show with the Esk Valley Big Band a group from Whitby Music Centre again supported by Bob Butterfield. We are delighted to welcome them for a return visit to the Staithes Festival.
'We've never known the restaurant to erupt with such enthusiasm. Well beyond all expectations!' The Runcible Spoon, Hinderwell
We are delighted to welcome to the stage, the village's very own home-grown band, Dire Staithes. Filip Cieslik, Alan Young, Adam Clark and John Hamlin, will be playing music from Fats Waller to The Beatles to Chris Isaak - expect an action packed set which will have you up on your feet and singing along.
The Best of the Buskers will play then it's our headline act, the amazing Duncan McFarlane Band
Formed in 2000 for a one-off pub gig at the Otley Festival, dMb ‘blew the place apart’ and have never looked back. They’ve played festivals at Beverley, Ely, Shepley, Sidmouth and Shrewsbury with their heady blend of traditional folk, driving rhythm and vibrant energy. Radio 2 said of them: ‘A real master class in just how to do the folk-rock thing right!’
In what has now become a festival tradition, the Men of Staithes Choir will lead a procession through the village remembering long standing member and Staithes resident Willie Wright and singing traditional hymns to bring the 2017 Festival to a close.