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Masham Town Hall

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Market Place, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 4DY
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Eilidh Steel And Mark Neal - Fiddle And Guitar

Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal are a Scottish fiddle and guitar duo who are in great demand in the UK and abroad. Combining traditional music rooted in Argyll and Scotland's West Coast with their own compositions, Eilidh and Mark are leading lights of the young folk/roots movement and have toured extensively around Europe.

Since their delightful 2015 performance in Masham, Eilidh and Mark have played at Celtic Connections and to an audiencxe of 4,000 in Verona, supported Madness, and acted as Ewan MacGregor's backing band!

Eilidh Steel is from Argyllshire where she started playing fiddle at the age of six. Since graduating from Glasgow's Royal Conservatoire of Scotland she has composed, played and toured as a full time musician, and she is Artistic Director of the Scots Fiddle Festival. Eilidh is a respected tunesmith with her compositions performed and recorded by many artists throughout the world.

Originally from East Kilbride, guitarist and singer-songwriter Mark Neal has played various instruments since the age of 5. He moved to Edinburgh to study a degree in physics then a PhD in Musical Acoustics, before turning to music as a full time career.

Sat 10 Mar

£11 some concessions


Finalists in the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards 2017 as best newcomers, FARA brings together four emerging musicians at the forefront of today's young Scottish folk scene. The three fiddlers and a pianist - Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price - produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the scenery, history and music of Orkney.

Having been friends since early childhood, the young women grew up under the musical guidance of Douglas Montgomery (The Chair, Saltfishforty). They have since established themselves in the Scottish music scene winning prizes along the way including the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and Deutsche Bank Award in Performance and Composition.

Fara are certainly a quartet to watch … superb and sensitive musicianship and charming vocal harmonies. A delight. - Songlines magazine

Watch Fara's mesmerising BBC Folk Awards performance at

Sat 20 Oct

£13.20 some concessions


Faramach Celtic Rock; Pride of Dunfermline

Faramach is a band of teenagers from Woodmill High School in Dunfermline. When the Scottish f ocus in the curriculum coupled with an undeniable wider social awareness of national identity, an environment was created an environment where Scottish arts could flourish.

The band was "born" in October 2014 after a teacher felt there was a passion in the school for Celtic music. Most of the band had never experienced traditional music before, but they took to it immediately and now having toured Scotland and Nova Scotia they are setting their sights on Yorkshire.

The band's name itself was suggested by a first year pupil at Woodmill High. From over 200 suggestions "Faramach" was decided as the best (it means "noise making" in Gaelic).

The band combine a genuine love and passion for Celtic music with their unique youthful energy; expect a joyful and uplifting evening showing how traditional music is dancing into a new generation.

Thu 14 Jun


Gary Delaney: Gagster's Paradise

Razor-sharp gags and intelligent one-liners from the double Sony Award-winning radio and TV writer.

Sat 9 Feb


Hut People

Hut People

Entertaining folk session.

Sat 17 Nov


The Marley Experience: Tribute To Bob Marley

Presenting " The Marley Experience ", the ultimate Bob Marley tribute live and direct from the UK's reggae capital Birmingham. Playing all the classic hits and singalongs including One Love, Three Little Birds, No Woman No Cry, I Shot the Sheriff, Get Up Stand Up and many many more.

With his amazing eight-piece band group "the Hailers", vocalist Lion-Art is a look-alike, sound-alike, vibe-alike tribute to the original and undisputed King of Reggae Music, BOB MARLEY.

Doors 7.30pm, on stage 8.30pm

Sat 15 Sep


Motel California

Motel California

Cover band performing Eagles material from the early days to the latest album.

Sat 10 Nov


Sarah Collins and Keep the Faith Northern Soul Band

Sarah Collins & Keep The Faith Northern Soul Band

Classic northern soul tracks performed live by vocalist Sarah Collins.

Sat 2 Jun


The Scummy Mummies Show

An evening of laughs for less-than-perfect parents

Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson cover a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play-dates to farting and fish fingers. Expect songs, sketches, stand-up and very scummy stories!

This live scummy-mummy spectacular is based on the UK's number 1 kids and family podcast, as recommended by The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Guardian, and BBC's Woman's Hour.

The Scummy Mummies book is out now Ellie and Helen will be selling and signing copies after the performance.

Very Funny - The Guardian Utterly Brilliant - Camp Bestival

Sat 24 Feb


The Scummy Mummies Show - The Greatest Hits

Comedians Helen Thorn and Ellie Gibson cover a wide range of parenting topics, from pelvic floors and play-dates to farting and fish fingers.

Sat 24 Feb



Solitaire Carpenters: Rothes Halls

A full band tribute to the Carpenters. Enjoy hits including 'Please Mr Postman', 'Only Yesterday' and 'Goodbye To Love'.

Sat 14 Apr


Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection

The missing link between The Pogues and Edith Piaf, you won't find another band like Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection. Within a single song you'll be taken from a Parisian café via a Dublin hooley to a New Orleans party with rip-roaring fiddle and banjo, and over all that the v ersatile and heartrending vocals of French singer Aurora Colson.

Changing gear between almost every number, the quartet perform stunning original compositions and arrangements on guitar, cello, harmonium, whistle, fiddle, banjo and Irish pipes.

Multi-instrumentalist, erstwhile musical partner of John Otway, and Godfather of grunge folk, Wild Willy Barrett has had a long and varied career, recording with Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Gordon Giltrap and Ralph McTell, as well as being considered as Brian Jones's replacement in the Rolling Stones!

The quartet is rounded out with cellist Mary Holland and Uilleann pipes maestro John Devine, with everyone taking a turn at percussion. Enjoy a wonderful evening of unique musical entertainment overlaid with a large dose of dry humour!

Fri 18 May


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