Whitby’s Musicport festival comes of age

By Dave Barry

With only three weeks to go, things are revving up for the 18th Musicport festival at Whitby Pavilion from 20-22 October (and on tour 23-25).

The headliners include two making their Musicport debuts: Benjamin Zephaniah, who will be joined by the Revolutionary Minds, his dub reggae band, and the award-winning 11-piece Afro Celt Sound System, who played at the Albert Hall in April, at the Radio 2 folk awards.

Sharing the bill are Kefaya, Maia Barouh (Japan / France), Tcha Limberger’s Kalotaszeg Trio (Hungary), Hardeep Singh Kohli, Andy Kershaw, Hope & Social, Rory McLeod & Familiar Strangers, Orchestra of Samples with Addictive TV, Omar Puente’s Cuban Sextet, Kathakali Theatre (India), the Maya Youssef Trio (Syria), Amaraterra (Italy / UK), Himmerland (Denmark), Fistful of Spookies, Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Wales), O’Hooley & Tidow, Ribbon Road, Bollywood Jazz Project (UK / India), Grace Petrie, Joanne Harris and the Storytime Band, the Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican and Lightgarden.

Weekend, session and day tickets can be booked online at musicportfestival.com and by ringing 01947 603475.
Some of the acts will perform in nearby villages in the week after the festival. Musicport on Tour will culminate with a performance by Martin Carthy and Eliza Carthy at the Hut at Goathland on the Wednesday night.

Musicport is a not-for-profit community enterprise.

* On Sunday 1 October, at the Pavilion, an open-mic session from 1-4pm will run alongside a drop-in workshop from 11am-4pm, making flags and fish for the festival’s opening parade. The workshops will be led by artists Kate Rider and Liz Collier.