The Kettlewell May Fest is proud to bring an outdoor music stage to the village for the first time.
Music will be taking place all day in the marquee on the festival field. We are in the process of finalising the lineup, so the following times are approximate and subject to last minute changes.
There is a fantastic line up of music to suit all tastes, from acapella to traditional and modern folk music which fits in perfectly with the beauty of the Dales which surrounds you.
All timings are apporximate!
11.30am Venue: Festival Field
Harmony singers...leaving musical messages about the world, mainly unaccompanied with a blend of styles; we are evocative, provocative, physical and fun!
We sing about the world around us and take you on a musical trip around the world with a wonderful variety of contemporary and traditional songs from countries and continents far and near from Europe to Africa. You could describe some of our songs as 'world folk'’. We also can sing many songs which are born and bred from the roots of our communities in the UK.
12.10pm Venue: Festival Field
E.C.R. Roberts is a Nidderdale based singer/songwriter who accompanies herself on the piano.
She has written two full length comedy musicals, the second of which is called 'Going Grey'. This toured North Yorkshire to sell out audiences in 2013 before finishing off in one of London's fringe theatres. She is currently working on her third musical, 'The Pecking Order'. Her influences are many and varied, and she performs a mixture of her own songs and those of her favourite artists. She has a particular regard for the witty lyrics and wonderful melodies of American songwriter Cole Porter and openly admits to a lifelong love of the Eurovision Song Contest.
1.00pm Venue: Festival Field
The Moonbeams are based in Long Preston near Settle and play contemporary folk based music reflecting their love of the landscapes and life of our beautiful Dales.
Centred around songwriter and guitarist Jon Avison with Jen Haines on Viola, Ben Avison on Vocals, Mandolin, Banjo and Accordion, and Double Bass man Luke Yates, their 'Songs from the Dales' carry you on a lyrical journey through the fells and dales.
Their critically acclaimed debut album released in 2013 'Sparrowhawk's Eye' is full of songs with peaks to be climbed, wooing to be done, lessons to be learned, and journeys home via limestone, lakes, stepping stones, and becks.
The Moonbeams play regularly at a variety of venues in the Dales area and beyond.
2pm Venue: Festival Field
Buckden Singers is a non–auditioned, community choir, established in January 2007 to give all members of the community the opportunity to sing.
Since their initial meeting of 12 people, they have developed into a four part choir of some 35 – 40 members. They have concerts each year in July and at Christmas, and lead the Carol Service at Hubberholme Church. They have also supported many local events, Grassington Festival, the Dickensian, Olympic Torch, Armed Forces Day, to name but a few. In addition they have made a number of T.V. appearances, most notably in ITV's 'The Dales'. They sing a very mixed selection of music, from classical to musicals, to light popular music, in the hope that there will be something for everyone in the audiences. They are delighted to be able to support the festival in Kettlewell this year.
Waiting for Wednesday
3pm Venue: Festival Field
Waiting for Wednesday are the voices of Anna Watkins and Laura Shackleton accompanied by an acoustic guitar.
Anna's deep, Joplin-esque style harmonises majestically with Laura's smooth, Emmy-Lou tone as she picks and strums to their heartfelt contemporary folk songs of love, loss, standing strong and the importance of beer drinking women. The singer/songwriting pair have played over 200 gigs across their native West Yorkshire in the 3 years together, captivating crowds from local pubs as well as fashionable venues of Leeds such as Oporto, to the BeatHerder and Tramlines festivals.
4pm Venue: Festival Field
Marie-Claire Berreen has written music and sung live and in studios for nearly 20 years.
Born and raised in Worcestershire, Marie-Claire Berreen has been writing songs since she was a little girl. With varying influences including Eddi Reader, EELS, Lisa Hannigan, Nick Drake, Tori Amos, Elbow, Goldfrapp and John Tavener, Berreen intertwines classical, folk and eclectic styles to create a pure and unique sound with songs that are both haunting and mesmeric.
Her debut album, Box and Ribbon, is 'about life, love, relationships and all the in-betweens'.