Spend this weekend Underneath the Stars at South Yorkshire folk festival

Barnsley folk star Kate Rusby, whose family run Underneath the Stars
Barnsley folk star Kate Rusby, whose family run Underneath the Stars

South Yorkshire can boast another outdoor music festival as well as Tramlines taking place in Sheffield this weekend.

Underneath The Stars returns to rural Barnsley with a line-up of established and emerging talent in the folk, jazz, roots, bluegrass, fusion and Americana worlds.

The event also features workshops, arts, crafts and food stalls, highlighting the creative talents of the Yorkshire region. Organised by the family production team of acclaimed Yorkshire folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, and now in its fifth year, 2018’s edition also sees its relocation to a new site at Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne, near Barnsley.

Heading this year’s line-up are Grammy Award winning songwriter and activist Steve Earle with his band The Dukes, as well as Barnsley born and bred Kate Rusby, with her disarming mixture of down-to-earth charm and otherworldly vocals.

George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will present their hilarious, foot-stomping music featuring the ‘bonsai guitar’.

Lau, described by The Guardian as “the most musically adventurous trio in British folk”, bring their their unique explorations of acoustic folk tradition and electronica.

Barnsley based best-selling author Joanne Harris, most famous for her novel Chocolat, will be presenting a special audio-visual show combining original music, songs and stories with The Storytime Band.

The California Feetwarmers provide boisterous on-stage antics to accompany their re-workings of classics from The Blue Ridge Playboys, Scott Joplin, The Memphis Jugband and Emile Grimshaw’s Rag Pickers, and Yves Lambert – one of the most influential and legendary players in Quebec’s traditional roots music scene – fronts a trio playing diatonic button accordions, harmonica, jaw harp, and percussion.

Two of the world’s finest instrumentalists, Damien O’Kane and Ron Block perform together in the bluegrass-country tradition.

Ron is a member of Grammy-winning band Alison Krauss and Union Station, and Damien is a solo artist, member of Kate Rusby’s band and one of the best banjo players in the Irish music scene.

Grace Petrie brings her inimitable takes on life, love and politics that has won her scores of fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes.

The Sheffield-based Melrose Quartet, featuring Nancy Kerr, will also perform.

The festival has two big-top music venues, with a fully seated main stage and a second stage that is a standing venue for a more boisterous atmosphere. The site features lively street-arts performers, workshop activities, handmade crafts and vintage stalls as well as boutique street food vendors and bar areas.

A new Makers Market prioritises fair and ethical trading, environmental sustainability, value for money, creativity and innovation.

“We are delighted and excited to have found a new home for Underneath the Stars Festival at Cinderhill Farm. It was especially important for us to keep the site within the Barnsley area in order to continue contributing to the incredible creative culture of the very place our own families were born and raised,” said Joe Rusby, creative director.

To see the full line-up and book, go to www.underthestarsfest.co.uk/tickets