International stars bound for Music on the Marr this summer


ACTS from as far afield as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and Zimbabwe will be appearing at this summer's Music on the Marr, with the line-up just announced.

The family-friendly festival returns to Castle Carrock, near Brampton, from Thursday July 20 to Sunday 23, with a long list of internationally-renowned performers set to star.

Headliners for 2017 include the band that defined Scottish folk-rock, Wolfstone with Duncan Chisholm, and hot Scottish property The Elephant Sessions.

Joining them will be the legendary Congolese performer Kanda Bongo Man, who starred at the Cornwall leg of Live 8 in 2005, along with traditional Zimbabwean music and mbira reggae from Zimbaremabwe.

The remarkable Urban Folk Quartet, with local lad Dan Walsh, Jo Broughton, Tom Chapman and Spanish fiddler Paloma Triges also find a headline slot.

Harp maestros Katrin Finch from Wales and Senegalese kora player Seku Ketia will appear, and the UK’s finest wordsmith and cardigan aficionado Les Barker performs too.

Lucy Ward, Brian Peters, Jackie Oates and James Finlay perform their show Liberty to Choose, with music from The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.

Scottish fiddler Adam Southerland joins Hamish Napier in their Nae Plans duo, where nothing is rehearsed or planned; it is all off the cuff on the Friday night.

Three English traditionalists, Moore, Moss, Rutter, will be there and we welcome back London jazz sensation Sarah Gillespie with her trio. The accomplished English concertina player with one of the finest voices in traditional music Steve Turner will play.

Talisk, a Scottish three piece, guitar, fiddle and concertina led by the energetic and multi-award-winning Moshen Amini are not to be missed.

Our resident band Hadrian’s Union will launch their new CD and play all the tunes from it.

Journalist, broadcaster and impresario Andy Kershaw, Katy Rose Bennett, Cumbrian singer-songwriter Holly Clark, and border singers The Brothers Gillespie are all included, as is festival patron and doyen of British folk music Roy Bailey, singing and playing alongside Marc Block.

Individual day tickets and full weekend passes are available now from

All accompanied under 16’s have free access to the entire festival.

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