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Musicport Festival and Musicport On The Moors
The first acts performing at this year's Musicport Festival in Whitby have been confirmed.
Top acts performing this year (with several more still to be confirmed) include:
Vieux Farka Touré (Mali) the 'Hendrix Of The Sahara' and son of the legendary Ali Farka Touré.
Natty UK Reggae artist celebrating 10 years since his chart success with his debut album Man Like I
Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) Africa's most internationally successful young band from Victoria Falls.
Dobet Gnahoré the stunning singer from Ivory Coast who won a Grammy for her collaboration with India Arie.
Destyn Maloya Band (Réunion) 6 young musicians, singers, percussionists promoting their culture. First UK visit.
Erna Chimu (Namibia) Afro-jazz & fusion star on first UK tour.
Kolonien (Sweden) - return visit from 'Sweden’s most exciting folk band' - Songlines Magazine
Leveret 'You won't find English folk music played better than this' R2
The Whiskey Priests Internationally acclaimed & influential Celtic punk cult band on long-awaited reunion tour
O'Hooley & Tidow 'One of British folk's mightiest combinations'
Andreas Tophøj & Rune Barslund Two leading young Danish folk musicians of their generation.
Ye Vagabonds (Eire) Glorious harmonies from these 2 brothers who mix the traditional and contemporary.
Blackbeard's Tea Party York band renowned for their energetic crowd pleasing live shows at Glastonbury & beyond.
The Angel Brothers A myriad of cultural influences from this seasoned band of top instrumentalists.
Edwina Hayes Yorkshire based singer songwriter described by Nanci Griffith as 'The sweetest voice in England.'
Rikki & Dalila Thomas-Martinez (Spain/UK) Dynamic original songs in Spanish, English and French.
Kitty & Jack (USA) Emmy Award winning vaudevillian songsters. 'Leon Redbone meets Alicia Keys or Tom Waits meets Beyoncé.'
Paddy Garrigan & The Stroller Priests 'Off the wall and up the alley.' fRoots Magazine
Tickets for the festival are currently priced at £105 but Musicport is offering a bargain ticket for the October festival together with a ticket for their new and much more intimate 4-day festival Musicport On The Moors Festival at Goathland (4th -7th May '18 - tickets £100) for £170 - a saving of £35.
There is also the opportunity to pay by instalments.
Musicport On The Moors, based at The Hut (Goathland's new community venue), features amongst others Anna & Elizabeth (USA), The Ukrainians, Alexander D'Great, Rise Kagona (Zimbabwe), Muntu Valdo (Cameroon) Satteli Sisters (Switzerland), and The Hut People.
With on-site camping, street food and lots of workshops over the Bank Holiday weekend it will be an event that will be very much rooted in its location and using the landscape and the village venues.
Organiser Sue McLaughlin said "We hope this small-scale festival in May will become part of the Goathland calendar – we're delighted that the North York Moors National Park Authority have awarded us a grant to support this and other events we have planned for 2018 mainly based at The Hut whose management have themselves have been so proactive in allowing this to happen. There’s an open invitation on the evening of Thursday 3rd May from 7pm to see the set-up at The Hut with free entry with local musicians, food, drink and a warm welcome."