"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 & SECKOU KEITA (Wales/Senegal)
A shared musical journey between two world class virtuosos. From Wales, the "Queen of Harps" (Classic FM Magazine) and from West Africa, "an inspired exponent of the kora" (The Guardian). The harp occupies a vital place in the rich cultures of both Senegal and Wales.
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.
"none-more-English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is surely about due for installation at national treasure-dom’s top table" BBC
AMINE & HAMZA (Tunisia)
Celebrated worldwide as geniuses on their oriental instruments, the oud, and the kanun, a zither. Having trained with the great masters in Tunisia, Morocco and Turkey, they recorded their first CD in their mid teens. This is an exclusive UK performance with their quartet.
DJ Set from the inimitable AK
BANCO DE GAIA
For nearly two and a half decades, Banco de Gaia has been consistently redefining world electronica, with his music leaving an indelible footprint on the global scene, sparking many a dancefloor and inspiring countless musicians to follow.
THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN
"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." Return home of Whitby's most famous son.
Big brash funky Hi-Life meets Afrobeat, Afro Funk and Afro Rock inna Brixton style.
RISE KAGONA AND THE JIT JIVE BAND (Zimbabwe/Scotland)
The original Bhundu Boy revisiting those classic sounds
Slavic wildness and melancholy, oriental mystery, a mixture of sounds of nature, urban chaos, the old world order and the modern eclecticism.
LUCY WARD BAND
"The force of her engaging personality, her forthright performances a broad array of material and the apparently bottomless levels of courage and cheerfulness help her win over audiences." Colin Irwin Froots Magazine
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.
JESSE BANNISTER'S PLAY OUT featuring ZOE RAHMAN
UK's leading classical Indian/Indo jazz saxophonist Jesse with his new quartet which features MOBO Award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman, the Mercury Prize-nominated drummer Seb Rochford and the groove infused lines of Corrinne Bailey Rae bassist Kenny Higgins.
Zűrös Banda (Hungary)
Authentic yet unique interpretation of Balkan music from well known musicians who came together as a band in 2013.
GUO YUE (China)
(simplified Chinese: 郭跃; traditional Chinese: 郭躍; pinyin: Guō Yuè; born 1958) renowned virtuoso of the dizi (Chinese bamboo flute) and bawu (Chinese free reed pipe). Born in Beijing, China and as a young boy experienced the Cultural Revolution. In 1982 Yue left China and, studied the silver flute at the Guildhall School of Music. He plays many kinds of the bamboo flute and lives in London, recording for Peter Gabriel's Real World label. His other great love is cooking, and he often combines cookery with flute playing at his concerts
"seriously talented musician. He is also a clever, focused and prolific comic"
NEW ROPE STRING BAND
"They made me laugh until I cried, and played some great music. If the Queen could knight them or something, it would be a good idea." Tim O'Brien "Cherishably insane." Hi-Arts
Klezmer that you can't help but dance to... "Brilliant to see live, highly recommend them...but prepare to dance till it nearly does you in." Alan Raw - BBC Radio Leeds
Mercury-nominated singer-songwriter whose work is recognised as some of the most original and beautiful this country has produced
"...As fine a slice of Eastern Euro a'capella as you're likely to find this side of Trio Bulgarka" fRoots
"Rustic, without being overly romantic, combining a madrigal-like delicacy with a brooding Eastern Orthodox spirituality" Daily Telegraph
"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
Excellent York-based four-piece band who write and play original material - imagine the love-child of Tracy Chapman and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
TASHI LHUNPO MONKS (Tibet)
VÄRLDENS BAND (Sweden)
Exciting young multicultural band from the land of the midnight sun
MY SWEET PATOOTIE (Canada)
"My Sweet Patootie's playing is superb and the vocal harmonies exquisite." Maverick Magazine
HEATH COMMON with THE LINCOLN 72's
"Heath Common is utterly inspired and he comes to us as refreshingly original as once were Ivor Cutler, Syd Barrett, Lol Coxhill and their luminous ilk".
THE BEVVY SISTERS (Scotland)
"I feel it's my calling to be an understudy Bevvy Sister" Eddi Reader
O'HOOLEY & TIDOW
"Stunning and delightfully unconventional; the best band of Cambridge Folk Festival." Guardian
Steady Hands is a unique collaboration of musicians from different musical background
formed by songwriter Josh Herring at the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012.
They are here to make you DANCE. "Mutant beats from across the globe played live by total nutters."
ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER
Sharp-tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter
Blending the traditions of England and France in inspired instrumental arrangements
one-woman loop orchestra "Suzy Condrad is mesmerising and hypnotic... we were blown away, you will be too!" - Itchycoo Festival
combining melodeon and harmonica of brilliant Will Pound with in-demand fiddle and viola of Nicky Pound
Sandrani is an ensemble fusing together classical Indian Raag and folk song with Western-style grooves and improvisations.
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.
Glastonbury come to Whitby. 17 yr old singer songwriter from Somerset who is beginning to make waves with his self-penned ecological and new age songs
"The Hurriers reignite the punk spirit and remind us that there are age old battles that still need to be fought. Perfect pop and punk politics!"