Underneath the Stars Festival announces first names in 2016 line-up

7 March 2016

Photo shows Underneath the Stars Festival at Cannon Hall Farm in Barnsley.The first artists to perform at this summer’s Underneath the Stars Festival have been announced.

Now in its third year, the family festival of music and arts takes place in Barnsley and is a collaboration between Barnsley-based folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, her family production team Pure Records and Cannon Hall Open Farm, who host the event from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July.

Kate Rusby will headline the line-up, and will be joined by established artists including Vieux Farka Touré, often referred to as ‘The Hendrix of the Sahara’ and son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Touré; County Sligo’s finest export, Dervish; festival favourites The Demon Barbers XL with their part gig, part dance show; and Dublin born singer/songwriter extraordinaire Declan O’Rourke.

They will be joined by some more recent names to the scene including Leeds based King Zepha with their timeless blend of ska, rocksteady and jump blues; singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney; folk/jazz Scottish songwriter, Blue Rose Code (Ross Wilson); and winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Talisk, who have already made a big impression on the folk music scene since their formation in August last year.

Other highlights include; Curtis Eller's American Circus as they embark on an extended tour of the UK with their brutish, inelegant rock and roll ensemble; award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist Blair Dunlop; Rory McLeod, one-man soul band, poet and storyteller; seven-piece ‘gypsy folk’n’roll’ band Holy Moly and The Crackers; and Nashville duo Ten String Symphony.

This year’s Underneath the Stars Festival builds on the success of the previous two years, when the event has featured acts including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Richard Thompson and Eddi Reader.

Joe Rusby, festival artistic director and Kate’s brother, said: “We’re delighted to announce this year’s line-up for Underneath the Stars, which presents a thrilling and eclectic selection of bands and soloists from a great range of music genres.

 “Underneath the Stars is now established as an annual family-friendly weekend event through which we aim to provide opportunities for our audience to explore a diverse programme of high quality music and creative arts.”

Alongside two stages of music, Underneath the Stars will feature family activities including a planetarium, handmade crafts, street theatre and storytelling, as well as music and dance workshops, award winning street food and a real ale bar, and full access to Cannon Hall Open Farm. 

Weekend camping with hot showers is available, as well as luxury camping pitches via the family-run, Yorkshire-based glamping provider Glampit.

Tickets for the festival are now on sale at www.underthestarsfest.co.uk

Below, listen to Joe Rusby talking on BBC Radio Sheffield about the first acts announced for Underneath The Stars 2016.

Notes to editor

Attached images show Kate Rusby and last year’s festival. Further photographs, including images of the announced artists, are available.

More acts will be announced soon, alongside information about family activities, workshops and performances.

For further information about the festival and programme please visit www.underthestarsfest.co.uk or contact Kate Kershaw at

mail@katekershaw.com or on 07588 881121

Additional media contact: Mary Ferguson on 01226 766900 or at Mary@capitalbmedia.co.uk

The full line-up for Underneath the Stars to date is: Kate Rusby, Dervish, Vieux Farka Touré, Declan O’Rourke, Olivia Chaney, The Demon Barbers, Holy Moly & the Crackers, Blue Rose Code, Talisk, Curtis Eller, Blair Dunlop, Rory McCleod, Tim Dalling, Ten String Symphony, King Zepha, West of Eden, Jamie Roberts & Katrina Gilmore, The Hut People, Jim Evans, Kezia, Lowri Evans, Grand Old Uke of York

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.

This press release was prepared by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more information, please visit www.capitalbmedia.co.uk 

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