Kathryn tops the festival bill
Award-winning Northumberland piper Kathryn Tickell OBE will headline this year's Holy Island Festival, which celebrates North East talent.
The two-times winner of the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Artist of the Year award will perform with her group Superfolkus at the Village Hall on Sunday, July 16.
This year the festival spans three successive weekends – July 1 and 2, July 8 and 9 and July 15 and 16 – and expects to reach more than 12,000 visitors.
Kathryn said: “I’m very much looking forward to playing at the Holy Island Festival. It’s a magical place.
“I’ve been a visitor to the island many times, and love the atmosphere and the very special feeling you get, particularly if you’re lucky enough to be able to stay there when the tide comes in.
“I’m bringing a group of talented young musicians with me, the group Superfolkus. Don’t be fooled into thinking ‘aw, a load of kids, how sweet’. These musicians are totally professional and are making fantastic music.
“I am proud to play alongside them.”
Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw and frontman Billy Mitchell will also appear as special guests with Billy’s son Tom Mitchell and his group, The Borrowed Band, at the Village Hall on Sunday, July 9.
Tom said: “We’re so excited to come and play at this summer’s Holy Island Festival.
“There’s nowhere else quite like the island – it’s a truly unique and magical place, as anyone from the mainland who comes to see the show will find out.
“We had a great time here last year when we performed as part of The Lindisfarne Story Band.
“The new village hall is a fantastic venue for both band and audience, and I’m looking forward to a great night with The Borrowed Band and our special guests.”
For more information and tickets visit www.holyislandfestival.org