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Legendary Lindisfarne revealed as Music on the Marr headliners


Legendary folk rockers Lindisfarne will headline next year’s 11th Music on the Marr festival.

The Cumbrian festival has announced it will also welcome Peatbog Faeries and a host of other big names for its 2020 event held between July 16 and 19 in Castle Carrock.

Tickets have just gone on sale with organisers of the not-for-profit festival holding the price of a weekend ticket at £79.

Tyneside favourites Lindisfarne are celebrating their 50th anniversary next year. Their career has brought a string of memorable albums and chart hits including Fog On The Tyne, Lady Eleanor and Run For Home.

The band’s power to galvanise audiences remains undimmed and they recently played a sold out show at Carlisle’s Old Fire Station. After various changes in personnel, the band hit the road with a classic five-piece line up of long-time members fronted by founder-member Rod Clements on vocals, mandolin, fiddle and slide guitar.

Scottish trailblazers Peatbog Faeries have created a mixture of traditional sounds and dance-floor grooves that have been embraced worldwide. They draw upon a myriad of influences from jigs and reels through dance music, jazz, African and more, creating a no-nonsense feelgood atmosphere.

Festival director Richard Johnstone said: “We’re absolutely delighted that once again the summer will see Castle Carrock welcoming some of the biggest names in world music.

“In 2019 we sold more tickets than ever and it’s this great support that means we can attract bands of the calibre of Lindisfarne, Peatbog Faeries and others.

The Breath

Also lined up for the festival are The Breath, whose vocalist Ríoghnach Connolly was named Folk Singer of The Year at the 2019 Radio 2 Folk awards where they were also nominated for Best Duo.

They will be joined by internationally-renowned, Cumbrian-based banjo player Dan Walsh, singer songwriter Jess Morgan, Northumbrian piper and fiddler Kathryn Tickell, Roving Crows, Saltfishforty and there’s a return for festival favourites Hadrian’s Union and Keith Donnelly.

Teenage The Voice singer Eliza Gutteridge, from Penrith, makes her festival debut, as will Caledonian duo Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton.

Mr Johnstone said more details of the line-up would be released in the new year. Tickets are on sale now at

Meanwhile, a book celebrating the first 10 years of the festival, A Decade of Dancing, is also on sale. It features images taken at the festival from 2010-2019 and a foreword from guitarist Martin Simpson. The book is available now priced £14 plus £2 p&p by emailing [email protected]

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