Kirkoswald Beer, Cider and Music Festival 3rd, 4th, 5th July 2015

Kirkoswald Beer, Cider and Music Festival 3rd, 4th, 5th July 2015
The Fetherston Arms

The Fetherston Arms

Kirkoswald Beer, Cider and Music Festival announces the line-up of Music and Events for a Festival that gets bigger and better each year!

Festival organiser and landlord of the Fetherston Arms, Alan Collinson, has revealed the line-up for the village’s Beer, Cider and Music Festival 2015 which takes place on the 3rd 4th and 5th of July.

“This year sees the popular festival, now in its sixth year, yet bigger still and we are really pleased with the line-up of music and events we have organised over the weekend. I am really excited the line-up sees some old friends returning to play and some real foot stomping sets are promised in the village hall and in the square. We also have a few surprises!” said Alan as he announced the line-up of events.

Friday night – sees Lady and the Bad Dogz, a local band, kicking off a set in Kirkoswald Village Hall at 8pm.

Lady and the Bad Dogz

Lady and the Bad Dogz

Lady and the Bad Dogz play an eclectic mix of numbers spanning from the 60’s right through to current day songs. The band visit a broad spectrum of genres including rock, pop, rockabilly, jazzy blues and even disco. There is certainly something for everyone in their set list!

Singer in the band Gill Wadeson said: “The Dogz are really looking forward to playing the Kirkoswald Beer Festival this year. It is an event that we have all been attending for years now and it keeps getting bigger and better. It’s really exciting to be playing on the Friday night but we might have to go easy on the beer until after the gig!”

NEW FOR THIS YEAR ! Saturday morning –  A special addition to the festival sees the local Farmers’ Market moved especially to the Saturday morning and (weather permitting)  take place in the village square as well as the village hall.

“It will be great to have local produce and crafts on sale in the village during the festival and it adds a special new dimension to our weekend,” added Alan.

Saturday Afternoon from 2pm  –  Sees  ‘Uncle Carbuncle’ playing the Village Square (weather permitting)  This band, previously known as The Rooks, are a 4 piece band with a few exciting line-up changes. Expect raucous, roots music played on homemade instruments, drawing heavily on Chicago blues of the 50s, with elements of 60s RnB and 70s funk.

Phil Saunders (often seen busking the streets of Cumbria) writes and sings songs to infectiously rhythmic guitar, punctuated with intense driving harmonica. John Bowie weaves mercurial, intuitive lead and slide guitar into the mix. Flowing underneath this are the powerful, creative basslines of Beak Davidson on the double bass. Funky and emphatic beats from John Powney on the drums are the catalyst for the exciting and unique sound. They describe themselves as the finest original and classic cyber skiffle band in the region!

Saturday Night from 8pm  – The Postcard band will be playing live in Kirkoswald village Hall.

Expect shameless pop music, plenty of harmonies and some occasional instruments. They get comparisons to the Housemartins and the Small Faces and they’ll be playing tunes from their debut album “Ice Cream face” which was released this month.

Andy Harper, lead guitar said ” we’re really looking forward to playing at the festival and giving everyone night and enjoying a few beers, when in Rome!…”

Sunday from 2pm – sees an Open Mic Slot in the Fetherston Arms.

“We tried an open mic for the first time last year and it was a great end to the music over the weekend; there was some great talent and I am keen to invite people to come and play again. A small reward awaits for all who play,” added Alan.

Sunday evening sees The Big Pub Quiz in the Village Hall ( Just £5 a team of four)

For the last two years, the festival has ended with a Big Pub Quiz in the Village Hall. Teams of four pit their wits and compete for some great prizes. All welcome.

Beer, Cider and Food

Of course all this entertainment sits alongside the main act at a festival like this. The Beer and Cider! The Village Hall and the Fetherston Arms will have a wide selection of carefully selected Real Ale and Craft Beers as well as some of the best Ciders.

Throughout the festival, Alf will be selling his fantastic pizzas from the village square and Mike’s famous pies will be on sale from the Fethertson Arms.


New for this year on Friday and Saturday night will be a POP UP CIDER BAR! In a secret venue in the village. With music!

“In recent years people have enjoyed the Cider so much that this year we will be having a secret cider bar with some musical guests as a special one off!” said Alan.

3rd, 4th, 5th July – see The Fetherston Arms on Facebook or for more details.