[T]he line up of music has now been announced by the organisers of Kirkoswald’s 8th Beer Cider and Music Festival which is taking place over the weekend of the 7th to the 9th of July. It has also been declared ‘the biggest and the best yet’ by festival organiser Alan Collinson from the Fethers in Kirkoswald.
“When we organised the first Beer and Cider Festival in 2010 we did not know how much interest there would be and we booked a few musicians to keep us entertained. But each year it has been a great success and every year we have put on more beer, more cider and of course more music and entertainment.” Said Alan
“This year we have a fantastic line up of music which starts on the Friday night with music taking place in four different places around the village! From in the Fethers pub, in the pub garden, the village square and the village hall there will be live music to suit all tastes. I am genuinely very excited by the buzz around our annual gathering this year!” Added Alan.
One of the musicians lined up to play is George Corrie ( see photo below). George is coming all the way from Denmark to play a set in the Fetherston Arms on Friday evening. George has been a working musician for over 20 years. Originally from the lake district George now resides in Denmark where he continues to entertain with a mix of Folk, Country and Blues. George has a great reputation for delivering stunning renditions of Jonny Cash numbers amongst others.
Another local band playing the Festivals Secret Cider bar on the Friday night are the Flookes. They have enmeshed humour into their songs and delivery and have gone down well with local audiences.
When asked about what they were looking forward to about playing the Kirkoswald festival the humour shone through: “We’re not in it for the money. Come to our show and see why! Any resemblance or similarity to the original recording is purely coincidental. No original artists career has been damaged in the making of this show!” Joked Ian Marshall from the band.
Who then went on to say; “We are regulars at Penrith plug and play , where we are blessed with a kind and forgiving audience.
So what we are trying to say is we aren’t pretty, we won’t win ‘Britains got Talent’ but we love what we do and on occasion sound bareable! We were over the moon When asked to play the festival, especially when the gig came with a pint and a free pie!”
Music at the Festival
Alan Collinson: “It seems incredible that the Kirkoswald’s Beer Cider and Music Festival will have even more music and entertainment than ever before this year. This year we have 12 sets of bands and artists booked to play around the village from Friday evening through to Sunday night where musicians will be playing at 5 different venues around village. There is something for everyone with a superb line up playing everything from rock, country, disco through to folk with lots in between. There will be something for everyone.”
Beer and Cider at the Festival
The festival will have four separate venues around the village where people can buy Beer and Cider from the festival this year and even a horse trailer bar will be making it’s debut in the village square!
“ The beers we serve through the year brings people to the village from far and wide so I am delighted to put on so many different beers and ciders over the weekend. We again have a Secret Cider Bar selling the best of Cider and hosting some great local musicians. As ever the Fetherston Arms and the village hall will also be serving up a great selection of beers and cider all carefully chosen by me, I am very very excited by what we have lined up.” Said Alan.
Then of course there is a horse trailer bar which is a new feature for the festival!
Food at the Festival
This year the now locally famous Mike’s pies will be available throughout the weekend and Alf’s wood fired Pizzas will be on sale in the village square.
The Full Festival entertainment Line Up – Entrance to all music is free!
- 8pm – Chris Armstrong – local talent in Bill Nicks garage Bar!
- 9.30 pm – The Flookes. Favourite covers with a twist of humour Secret Cider Bar
- 9.30 pm – George Corrie playing country, blues and folk in the Fetherston Arms.
- 9.15pm – Lady and the Bad Dogz – This band visit a broad spectrum of genres including rock, pop, jazzy blues and even disco to get everyone up on their feet. There is certainly something for everyone in their set list! In the village hall.
- 2pm – Scrogans Run Blues / Folk local Duo play Village Square. (village hall if wet)
- 4.30 – Two Lane Road – Classic Country Covers Secret Cider Bar
- 5.30 – Phil Saunders – One man blues talent – Bill Nicks Bar
- 7.30 pm – Roisin Dubh father and daughter talent – Secret Cider Bar.
- 9.00pm –The Jack Duster band – Expect a raucous set in the Fetherston Arms
- 8.30pm – The Blue Flames Offering your favourite songs in the Village Hall.
- 1.30 pm Open Mic – Come and show off your talents in the In the Fetherston Arms.
- 5.30pm Uncle Carbuncle The counties best cyber skiffle band play a closing set In the Fetherston Arms
- 8.00pm The Big Pub Quiz where teams of no more than four will be pitted against each other in rounds on general knowledge, music, and of course there will be a beer round, just £5 per team. With Quiz Master Chris ( Mr Google ) Bagshaw. There will be some fun and interesting prizes to be won In the Village Hall.