Grammy Award winning musician to perform at South Yorkshire festival

3 May 2016

Ron Block to play at Underneath the Star Festival 2016A member of the most Grammy awarded band ever will perform at South Yorkshire’s Underneath the Stars Festival this summer.

Banjo and guitar player Ron Block, a long standing member of Alison Krauss and Union Station, joins the line-up at the festival being held at Cannon Hall Farm near Barnsley in July.

Alison Krauss and Union Station have won an unsurpassed 26 Grammy awards over a music career spanning three decades. 

Ron, who has recorded with Kate Rusby as well as a host of the American Bluegrass scene’s biggest stars, will be performing at the festival in a duo with Sierra Hull -  a rising star of the bluegrass and US roots scene who was discovered by band leader Alison Krauss.

Fellow American Sierra Hull has been recognised from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s she is set to wow audiences at Underneath the Stars.

Ron and Sierra are amongst a number of international performers who will share the bill with home-grown talent at the festival, which is taking place for the third time this year.

The festival will be headlined by multi award winning singer songwriter Kate Rusby, whose family-run production company organise the event.

Joe Rusby, festival artistic director and Kate’s brother, said: “It’s a real pleasure to work on the line-up for Underneath the Stars Festival and bring a great range of quality musical acts to Barnsley. I’m delighted Ron and Sierra could make it to our festival on what will be a short UK tour of only a handful of dates.”

Held between 22nd - 24th July, Underneath the Stars will also feature British folk singer and guitarist Fabian Holland and Leeds-based band Biscuithead and the Biscuit Badgers, who describe themselves as ’riotously odd’.

Other international artists on the line-up include Bye Beneco, from Johannesburg; Malian blues singer and guitarist Vieux Farka Touré, Curtis Eller’s American Circus and Nashville duo Ten String Symphony.

Dancing Years, The Grand Old Uke of York, King Zepha, and 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees Damien O’Kane and Gilmore and Roberts are just some of the performers who will fly the flag for Yorkshire at this year’s event.

Visitors to the festival can choose from day tickets or weekend camping with hot showers and free family activities including a giant planetarium, storytelling, music and dance workshops, street theatre and crafts.

On-site glamping pitches are also available through Yorkshire-based luxury camping provider Glampit.

Tickets are on sale now at and they include half price access to Cannon Hall Farm, which is open as normal throughout the weekend.


Notes to editor

Attached images show Ron Block and Sierra Hull. Further photographs, including images of other artists, are available.

For further information about the festival and programme please visit or contact Kate Kershaw at or on 07588 881121.

Additional media contact: Mary Ferguson on 01226 766900 or at

About the festival:

Underneath the Stars 2016 runs from Friday 22 July – Sunday 24 July and is a family-friendly festival of music, arts and food. It is a collaboration between Barnsley folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, her family production team and Cannon Hall Farm, run by the Nicholson family.

Underneath the Stars aims to provide opportunities for our audience to explore a diverse programme of high quality music and creative arts.

About Kate Rusby and Pure Records:

Of all the stars in Folk music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. In 1999, aged just 26, Kate was named as one of the Top Ten Folk Voices of the Century. Everything she has done since has confirmed the foresight of those who bestowed that honour. From being a nominee for 1999’s Mercury prize – almost unheard of for a folk singer both then and now – for her stunningly assured second solo album, Sleepless, to 2014’s captivating Ghost, Kate has stayed true to her folk and acoustic roots.

Pure Records is a small and truly independent record label based in Penistone, South Yorkshire, and run by Kate Rusby and her family, handling the recording and merchandising for Kate Rusby and Damien O Kane.


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