This year the Beverley Folk Festival will once again feature a wealth of exciting young singers, musicians and performers.

“The festival takes great pride in working to develop new young talent and 2017 will be no exception. To keep the tradition alive we recognise that we have to pass the baton of creativity to the next generation of artists”. – Chairman Matt Snowden

The Beverley Folk Festival has two important youth arms,  the ‘Westwood Sessions‘ and the acclaimed ‘Area 2’. Nikki Airey, a young musician in her own right, works hard to coordinate and organise the ‘Westwood Sessions’ for those aged 11 to 25.

The object is to give young talent a stage to perform on and a group of friends to foster, care and develop their performance skills.  In Nikki”s own words “By working together and supporting each other we build a team spirit and help giving each other confidence.  Getting up to perform is a difficult thing but with the support of friends anything is possible”.

The ‘Westwood Sessions’ will be there in force in June running open mike sessions and they will even be offering a CD recording facility, for only £5 artists can book a slot and cut their own CD! Now that is something special.

‘Area 2’ is organised by professional musician and East Yorkshire lad Sam Pirt. Sam has a deep love of music and performance and has a keen interest in developing young musicians to the next level. Drawing not only from the local area but also nationwide ‘Area 2’ will give some great young talent the opportunity to perform on a festival stage.

Sam said of the sessions “As a touring musician I see and hear a lot of young talent around the country. The ‘Area 2 ‘ stage in Beverley gives me the opportunity to showcase exciting and innovative musicians. These musicians really are the voice, sound, and future of live music, innovative, creative and above all talented. It is a privilege to help them and to work with them”.

With a line-up of award winning national and international talent already confirmed, festival organisers are urging audiences to buy their 2017 tickets now.

Beverley Folk Festival 2017 aims to have at least 100 artists performing at the Friday to Sunday event, totalling a collective 100-plus hours of entertainment across multiple stages. With this range available, they hope there will be something for everyone with a few surprises along the way.

More names will be announced in the coming weeks as we head ever closer to the festival however some of the artists already confirmed include  Martin & Eliza Carthy, Eddi Reader and her band, Jon Boden, Lau, Heidi Talbot, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, False lights, Andy Cutting, Jim Moray, The Hut People and a whole host of other folk favourites.

Beverley Folk Festival, June 16th – 18th 2017. Beverley Racecourse, York Rd, Beverley, HU17 8QZ

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