Moonbeams Folk Festival Friday 11th & Saturday 12th July 2014

Perched on top of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds, Set in the grounds of the Wold Top Brewery.. Moonbeams Festival is one of the country’s best kept secrets! Now in it’s 6th year, the festival provides the perfect weekend away to enjoy world class folk music and award winning ales in the most beautiful surroundings!

I am very pleased and proud to announce


The Moonbeams Folk Festival Line Up for 2014…

Peatbog Faeries * Breabach * Nizlopi * Martyn Joseph

Les Barker * Van Susans * Tarras * 4 Square

Merry Hell * Edwina Hayes * The Duncan McFarlane Band

Plumhall * NE3Folk * The Jon Palmer Band * Raven

The Hall Brothers * The Nick Rooke Band * Maisey & The Thompsons

The Tom Townsend Blues Band


The ‘Big Sky’ Campsite

campingThe Big Sky Campsite, named after the famous ‘Big Skies’ of the Yorkshire Wolds,  that inspired David Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Picture’ We are very lucky to have two camping fields – one for campervans and caravans… and one for tents. Basic camping it maybe, as there are no showers available on site..  However there is security, first aid,  portaloos, a fresh water tap and some of the most beautiful views of the Yorkshire Wolds. The campsite will open 9 am Friday, until 10 pm (no admissions after 10 pm). It will then reopen 8 am Saturday morning.

The Peacecake Cafe

270731_10150332570068793_5352911_nWe are delighted to have been invited to cater again at Moonbeams Festival, and we look forward to providing festival participants with a delicious range of home cooked food.We sell a variety of lovely meals, the heart of which are our freshly made organic salads. We always try and source our raw ingredients locally, we need to as we prepare our meals freshly everyday. We aim to be fair trade where possible, mainly organic and always delicious! Our house style is essentially East meets West: Mediterranean and Middle-eastern Tapas and Bakes served with a rich variety of  salads. We also offer asian cuisine in our evening menu. We also offer  snacks like samosas (the best you’ll have ever tasted), pakoras, and tamarind sauce, etc with different home made chutneys and dips,  also juices, organic sparklies, fair trade tea/fresh coffee and home made cakes. This year for the first time and specially for Moonbeams we will be offering chips! We also serve breakfast veggie and meat options. We bake our own cakes and desserts too. We cater for omnivores, veggies, vegans and for those with wheat and dairy food intolerences. Please take a look at our website : 

Mike Harding’s review of Moonbeams Folk Festival 2013

Artists performing…

Peatbog Faeries

Live PeatbogsHailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from traditional jigs and reels through jazz, hip hop, reggae and more, they take traditional Scottish music and bring it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century. They have toured the world taking their inventive and unique brand of music and light show to audiences far and wide, never failing to fill the floor and delight the crowd. This is high octane Celtic dance music as you’ve never heard it before. Be prepared to dance.!! The Peatbogs have twice been voted “Best Live Act” at the Scottish Traditional Folk Awards, in 2005 and 2008. In 2012 the band were nominated for “Best Live Act” at the BBC2 Folk Awards


SalthouseEver since launching their career as winners of an Open Stage Award at Celtic Connections 2005, Breabach’s star has been steeply on the rise, an ascent that continues with the release of their fourth album, Ùrlar. They are often described as the new faces of Scottish Traditional music. Their career has already seen them voted ‘Best Group’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards and nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk and German Folk Awards. Breabach unite the thrilling talents of Calum MacCrimmon (pipes/whistles/ bouzouki), Ewan Robertson (guitar/vocals), James Mackenzie (pipes/flute/whistles), Megan Henderson (fiddle/ vocals/stepdance) and James Lindsay (double bass). Founder members and new recruits have forged a seamlessly fresh creative dynamic, further enriching Breabach’s signature synergy of songs and tunes, traditional and modern, sweetness and fire. 2013 saw Breabach perform across the globe and 2014 is no different, kicking off with a New Year performance at the Woodford Festival in Australia. March and April they are performing at Womad New Zealand and Sydney Opera House before returning to the UK for Moonbeams,  HebCelt  Festival, the Commonwealth Games and a full UK tour. “Breabach are the most compelling and exciting big stage traditional Scottish band around; the line-up changes haven’t altered the dynamics at all with the twin pipes, step dancing, beautiful ballads and effortless charm all still in place.”- Neil Pearson, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, 2011


NizlopiNizlopi are John Parker (double bass/beat box) and Luke Concannon (vocals/guitar), a duo who sound like a four piece, folk hip-hop band. They are most widely known, for being the underground, independent act that topped the UK and Irish charts with ‘The JCB song’ in 2005. They have a fierce reputation for inspiring, moving, live shows often taking the show into the heart of the audience. ‘Everything I know about live performance I learned from them’  Ed Sheeran (ex-roadie to Nizlopi)

Martyn Joesph

Martyn JosephMartyn Joseph is a performer like no other: Shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives delivering his “songs of lyrical intelligence” according to BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris. Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 31 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. Martyn was awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards and in 2012 his song “There’s Always Maybe” won the best folk song category in the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC 2’s prime time series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits. Upon the release of his last studio album BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris said “Martyn is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better.” Described as a cinematic journey through continents via his trademark ‘one take’, up close sound with stunning instrumentation, “Songs For The Coming Home” resonates with raw performance. Incorporating this element of live presentation into the recording process, preserves the spirit of this charismatic live solo performer. He has won the love of audiences from USA to Europe through an impressive number of live dates, and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.

Edwina Hayes

Edwina Hayes LiveEdwina Hayes numbers Michael Parkinson and Nanci Griffith among her fans. Her beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison and the title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her ‘the sweetest voice in England’. Her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister’s Keeper and has since had over six million plays on You Tube. As well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury to The Royal Albert Hall, Edwina is often invited to guest on studio albums and support major artists on tour. As well as touring extensively with Jools, Van and Nanci Griffith, Edwina has also toured with artists ranging from Loudon Wainwright and Roger McGuinn to KT Tunstall and Gretchen Peters.

Van Susans

RUM_4090-EditVan Susans are a 5 piece alternative rock band comprised of four lads from London and a Scottish lass from Glasgow.

They make music of different shades of indie esq folk rock, been described by some as a modern day answer to The Levellers and The Waterboys.

Big guitars, swirling violins all accompanied by a light twinkle of the piano.

Having released their debut album ‘Paused in the Moment’ in late 2012, the band are set to have fresh material out this year – it’s all very exciting at the moment for VS!

Moonbeams Festival 2014 Tickets

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th July 2014

Moonbeams Festival Weekend Adult Ticket £65
Youth Ticket (12 - 17 yrs) £35
Child Ticket (3 - 11 yrs) £20
Infant Ticket (under 3yrs) Free
Camping Pass (per vehicle) £15

The moonbeams festival manages to be intimate and exciting.  It brings together performers and audience in a genuine communion around music and shared values.  Set in a spectacular location the festival brings  the best of the local acts with some of the greatest names in the folk and roots music scene.  It is undoubtedly the friendliest festival around.

Bertrand Taithe

In the last few years we’ve been to Glastonbury, Leeds, Rock en Seine and Moonbeams. Moonbeams is just the nicest, friendliest, laid back, well organised festival imaginable. It has great people, a great venue, great views, great food, great beer and fantastic music.

John & Pat Knowles

W have come to every one of your Moonbeams festivals since they started and our summer wouldn’t be the same without them.

We come with a big group of local friends, know increasing numbers of people at the festival, the kids run free and happy, and we enjoy a wonderful selection of local and national music that we dip in and out of at will, guaranteed a bit of pogo-ing/shanty dancing at some stage and sup the delicious Wold Top brews.

All that with the joy of being on top of the world / Wolds, and having our tent to flop into. Who could want for more?

Please keep it just the way it is – it is perfect!

The Kraus family :-)

Moonbeams festival has it all!!! Location: no worries about traffic jams; beautiful views from  a well organised camping field; its IN A BREWERY need I say more!!! Fabulous beer! Oh and the music …………. always an excellent line-up we are so lucky to be able to see such a large number of superb acts at a well run event, I love the fact that there are 2 stages and no two acts are on at the same time so there is never a worry about having to choose who to see” I go to a few music festivals every year but this is the best!!

Jane Gregory