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One of the country’s top folk festivals attracted hundreds of fans to the sell-out two day event held on the Yorkshire Wolds.

The Moonbeams Wold Top Folk Festival now in its sixth year was at Wold Top Brewery near Hunmanby and brought some of the country’s best acoustic, folk and roots music to East Yorkshire.

Set in the brewery grounds the festival, on Friday July 11 and Saturday July 12, featured world class folk music.

Among the headline acts were Peatbog Faeries from the Isle of Skye, trailblazers of Celtic Dance Music, Nizlopi, featuring John Parker and Luke Concannon who were the underground independent act which topped the UK and Irish charts with ‘The JCB song’ in 2005, and Breabach, often described as the new faces of Scottish Traditional music.

Others included singer songwriter Martyn Joseph, five-piece rock band Van Susans and local folk artist Edwina Hayes. The acts drew a large crowd to the main stage where striking a different note Yorkshire Wolds Versatile Brass performed a specially composed Wold Top March.

The festival also included many more musicians and offered a range of activities during the two days.

Leila Cooper, organiser, said: “It couldn’t have been any more special. It was fantastic, the atmosphere, audience and music just blew my mind.”

The festival saw £700 raised for the Ewing’s Sarcoma cancer charity, sponsored by parents of Emilie Heald, who is being treated in Leeds for the disease.

Moonbeams Acoustic Nights are held at the Bell Hotel in Driffield and also at village halls in the surrounding area. On Sunday 14 September Roddy Woomble, lead vocalist of Idlewild, will play at The Bell Hotel in Driffield.

Established in 2007, Moonbeams is dedicated to bringing the best acoustic, folk and roots music to East Yorkshire.

 

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