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Saturday Lunchtime at the Allendale


While dancing fills the town centre, rest your feet and give your ears a treat with this concert featuring Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Suthering and Chris Ricketts.


Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. Duos come and duos go... and some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award-winning. Bonded by an unseen alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have entwined their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship. They're twice winners of the coveted 'Best Duo' title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. 

With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Fotheringay, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British Folk. Watch video


Evocative and distinctive, folk duo Suthering (Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall) transport audiences with their exquisite vocal harmonies and their message of hope during hard times. Soaring above the cascading piano and delicate, fingerstyle guitar, it’s the duo’s beautifully matched voices and their fresh approach to folk which make their traditional and self-penned songs stand out. Known for their chemistry and humour on stage, they effortlessly intertwine their important messages about the state of our climate, social conscience, and the importance of community and connecting with nature. They champion female characters, creating new narratives for women and unearthing the female heroines of folk.

“Suthering’s strength lies in their uniqueness. They really don’t sound like anyone else on the current folk scene” - RnR Magazine. Watch video

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Chris Ricketts is one of those artists that wins your heart whilst you listen to his songs. With quick-witted comedy, a unique delivery of sea songs and clever songwriting, his live show never fails to satisfy an audience. He mastered his craft working cruise ships after being a semi-finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards. Now a touring musician and teacher in secondary schools, Chris' passion for performing allows him to travel the world with his self-penned songs and versions of traditional shanties. 

"Chris Ricketts is the sort of artist who can hold a whole room spellbound with the sound of his voice alone", Acoustic Magazine.

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