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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Maddy Prior promising folk 'incredible' weekend at new Brampton festival

Visitors to a new music festival are being promised an “incredible two days”.

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Maddy Prior is organising the Stepping Stones festival

The two-day Stepping Stones event has been organised by Maddy Prior, singer with folk-rock band Steeleye Span. She wants the event, at Brampton Community Centre on May 5 and 6, to become a fixture in the festival calendar.

Maddy said: “I’m hoping it’s going to be an incredible two days of music.

“I think it will bring some music that people won’t have heard before.

“People have an idea they don’t like that kind of thing but they will be very surprised if they come to experience the different types of music on offer.”

She said that she hoped that local people would support the festival – with the potential of a financial spin-off for the area.

“It will bring a lot more people into the area and money will be spent,” Maddy added.

“We have got music going on solidly on both days but people can wander off and the community centre is close to the town.”

Maddy is well-known in north Cumbria through her music classes which have been running for the past decade from the Stones Barn near her Bewcastle home.

Many of her proteges, including five of the bands performing at the festival, have gone on to produce music of their own.

Maddy will be bringing the old border ballads to life with her short musical play called Hobie Noble on the Sunday of the festival.

She will also join Giles Lewin and Hannah James to bring audiences the expressive melodies of klemzer, a tradition of playing that developed among Jews of Eastern Europe.

Festival-goers can look forward to performances from Spiers and Bowden and Coope Boyes and Simpson.

There will also be inventive physical comedy and music from New Rope String Bandere and performances from Benji Kirkpatrick.

The Carnival Band, The Hut People and Whapweasel will also be on stage along with Nick Hennessy and Lady Maisery.

The compere is Keith Donnelly. There will be entertainment for children, including Krazy Kat Theatre and workshops throughout the day.

Entrance to the site is £2 for non-ticket holders, which includes access to the bar and an open mic night with more than 30 performers.

The cost is £15 per concert ticket and £65 for a weekend ticket, with some concessions available.

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