Musicport Festival 2014


 17th – 19th October Whitby Pavilion Complex, Whitby, NorthYorkshire, YO21 3EN



This years award winning Musicport Festival – Indoor Festival of the Year 2013: Fatea Awards – is well and truly taking shape with more top national and international award winning artists having been added to the line-up including, a rare opportunity to see the award winning Lo’Jo, Scotland’s finest Idlewild, award winning Tamikrest who are Mali’s new young stars of Saharan music, Poland’s Mosaik with their Slavic wildness, melancholy, and oriental mystery sounds, the unique interpretation of Balkan music from Hungary’s Zuros Banda, Haddo with the brilliant sounds of Will Pound and the in-demand fiddle and viola performer Nicky Pound, the mesmerising and hypnotic Suzy Condrad and many, many more still to be confirmed.

Folk artists include John Smith, a guitar genius from Devon who is gaining mainstream recognition with his latest album Great Lakes, Lucy Ward who is a BBCR2 Folk award winner & cutting edge folk singer from Derby, the acclaimed Yorkshire Duo O’Hooley and Tidow with their powerful, thought provoking and deeply moving songs, The Bevvy Sisters, who mix equal measures of sweetness and sass, grit and glamour, heartbreak and hilarity – cut with a dash of potent Scottish spirit, husband and wife duo Haddo, who combine the melodeon and harmonica of the brilliant Will Pound with in-demand fiddle and viola of Nicky Pound and Robyn Hitchcock, one of the UK’s great  musical heroes, from his days in The Soft Boys to his current cult status, to name but a few.

The Songlines Awards 2014 winners have just been announced and they include Musicport Festival’s Sunday headliners Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita who have won the Cross – Cultural Collaboration award, Bassekou Kouyate the Best Artist award & Tamikrest the Best Group award and they will join over 50 acts across 5 stages in one intimate & beautifully decorated venue.

As well as performances from some of the nations best world music artists, educational and musical workshops will also be held across the weekend at Whitby Pavilion for all ages.

Being held in the Pavilion at one of the UK’s most beautiful and charming seaside resorts of Whitby, North Yorkshire, with an abundance of quality places to eat, drink and stay, makes for a truly unique festival.

Musicport welcomes festival goers of all ages with it’s safe and indoor surroundings – guaranteeing a warm and wonderful festival, whatever the weather!

The festival, which is run by an a largely volunteer crew, will build on its fourteen years of experience of bringing the highest quality cultural experience to the Yorkshire coast in friendly fun-packed weekend that will end the 2014  festival season on a wonderfully high note.

Tickets are selling exceptionally well and are currently priced @ £85 Adults (£80 concessions) for the full weekend with under 11′s free and 11-18 year olds half price.

Contact: 01947 603475 or e-mail: to purchase yours.


Artists confirmed so far include, with more to be announced:

LO’JO (France) – Any attempt to define and categorize the Lo’Jo sound quickly degenerates into a fools errand. A rare opportunity to see the Songlines Award Winner (Best Group 2013) in concert in the UK

Catrin Finch & Sekou Keita (Wales/Senegal)– stunning meeting of top Welsh harp player & master Senegalese kora player. (Songlines Award Winners: Cross – Cultural Collaboration)

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown –Return home of Whitby’s most famous son and homecoming of the God Of Hellfire. “If there was a rock museum to go and visit, one of the most memorable glass cabinets will have Arthur Brown in all his face painted, god of hellfire, glory.”

IDLEWILD (acoustic) – Return of Scottish legends after a 4 year sojourn . Fronted by Roddy Woomble, performing one of only 2 planned dates in England in a stripped back acoustic show . They are currently recording a new album.

AMINE & HAMZA (Tunisia) Celebrated worldwide as geniuses on their oriental instruments the oud and the kanun

Robyn Hitchcock from his days in The Soft Boys to his current cult status , one of the UK’s great  musical heroes

Jesse Bannister’s Play Out featuring Zoe Rahman – new quartet led by Indo- jazz saxophonist Jesse, MOBO Award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman & Mercury Prize-nominated drummer Seb Rochford alongside Corrine Bailey Rae bassist Kenny Higgins.

John Smith – guitar genius from Devon who is gaining mainstream recognition with his latest album Great Lakes

Kathryn Williams Mercury-nominated and with the voice of an angel Kathryn is a national treasure.

MOSAIK (Poland) – Slavic wildness and melancholy, oriental mystery, a mixture of sounds of nature, urban chaos, the old world order and the modern eclecticism.
PeruNIKA TRIO (Bulgaria)  polyphonic harmonies that will astonish in their complexity and beauty.

LUCY WARD BAND – award winning  & cutting edge folk singer from Derby with her fine band

AMIRA KHEIR (Sudan) hailed as the Diva of the Sudanese Desert and is one of the most popular folk musicians to emerge from Sudan in the last decade.

NEW ROPE STRING BAND Once seen, never forgotten: an indefinable confusion of superb musicianship and side-splitting comic genius

Zűrös Banda (Hungary) – Authentic yet unique interpretation of Balkan music from well known musicians who came together as a band in 2013.

TANTZ – remarkable & energetic young klezmer band from Leeds

Tamikrest(Mali)- New young stars of Saharan music -the hypnotic desert blues popularised in recent years by their heroes Tinariwen and given a political edge and distinctive rousing style by these Tuareg musicians who sing in their native Tamasheq and Songlines Best Group Award winners 2014.

TASHI LHUNPO MONKS (Tibet) – keeping alive the wonderful and impressive rituals of Tibetan

MY SWEET PATOOTIE (Canada) – dazzling musicianship and entertaining stage show

ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER – Sharp-tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter

JOHN SMITH -“A guitar genius…He sounds as though he arrived 60 years ago but looks startlingly young, perched on a chair, quietly confident, charming and instantly engaging.” The Sun

O’HOOLEY & TIDOW powerful, thought provoking and deeply moving songs from acclaimed Yorkshire duo

THE BEVVY SISTERS (Scotland)  Mixing equal measures of sweetness and sass, grit and glamour, heartbreak and hilarity – cut with a dash of potent Scottish spirit

VÄRLDENS BAND (SWEDEN) – exciting young multicultural band from Stockholm on first UK tour

MOIRAI – Blending the traditions of England and France in inspired instrumental arrangements

Suzy Condrad – one-woman loop orchestra ‘Suzy Condrad is mesmerising and hypnotic… we were blown away, you will be too!’ – Itchycoo Festival
HADDO – combining melodeon and harmonica of brilliant Will Pound with in-demand fiddle and viola of Nicky Pound

ENKELIT – They were formed in York in 2003 by Richard Pomfret to sing the beautiful, contemporary acapella music of Finland, reflecting the renaissance in Finnish choral music.

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