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Join us on Friday night to kick off the Festival with an evening of music!

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Barnsdale Hood

Barnsdale Hood are a three piece band playing traditional instrumental music. They started life in 2015 when Alan Jones, the banjo player, decided he would like to play at the Live in Barnsley festival and he asked Dave Alton to accompany him on guitar and they have been together ever since.

The present guitarist is Phil McNulty who joined the band last year and Dave switched to the bass giving then a fuller sound.

Barnsdale Hood have played Barnsley Live every year since along with many charity fund raisers and running sessions at various festival

Cellar Thieves

We are an acoustic/electric folk-rock duo. Originally from Leeds and Newcastle, we now live in Wakefield and Barnsley. We play a variety of music from 70’s punk, folk, and pop influences. We also write our own music and have produced an album called ‘Mind the Steps’, available on CD, and download. We are working on a second album at the moment. We have appeared on national T.V and have also been played on radio stations in the UK, Ireland, and Germany.

Karen Greenbank – singer, ukulele, Appalachian dulcimer

John Fuller – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass, flute (not at the same time!)

Mcshane and Shaw

An exhilarating and perfectly balanced performance of music and comedy featuring tight harmonies, witty adlibs and virtuoso musicianship. It’s inspiring, it’s fun and guaranteed to raise a smile.

McShane & Shaw are a match made in Penistone, the Yorkshire market town where these two musicians grew up. They knew of each other way back when but it wasn’t until Ralph returned from a
30-year overnight stay in Vancouver, Canada, that they finally ended up working together.

Chris, a multi-instrumentalist, has significant chops on guitar, mandolin, bass guitar, ukulele and tenor banjo. His talents are a perfect accompaniment to those of Ralph whose time in Canada
was spent singing, playing 5-string banjo, harmonica, ukulele and leading the way as a forerunner of the ukulele movement which included touring nationally and special appearances at international festivals.

Musically, their approach and sound is impressively eclectic – they perform a wide range of acoustic musical styles including folk-pop, music hall, instrumental folk, doo wop, tin-pan-alley, banjo rock and disco ukulele! And it’s all served up with a warmth and skill that comes from their years of experience.

Following in the tradition of variety shows they perform original compositions and repurpose familiar song styles for today’s audiences, all interspersed with witty ad-libs and banter. Having eaten more than Chris when he was younger, Ralph accidentally grew to be at least 12 inches taller which has led to some commentators suggesting that they look like “a musical Little and Large”. This may be a bit of an exaggeration but it does present an interesting visual dynamic as soon as they hit the stage.

Phil Doleman

Phil’s love of vintage blues, swing, and jug band music shines through as he blows the dust off obscure old songs and gives new life to classics. With just his big voice, stomping foot, and driving rhythms on both ukuleles and banjos he’ll take you back to the juke joints of the 20s. His original songs blend in seamlessly, with many believing them to be old songs that had passed them by.

“massively entertaining… If you think blues can’t be done on a banjo or ukulele, think again”
Blues Matters Magazine

“Genuinely good-time music from ukulele stalwart, who also plays a mean banjo”
fRoots Magazine

As seen at The Acoustic Festival of Britain, The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Derby Folk Festival, Tenby Blues Festival, Aberjazz Festival, Upton Blues Festival, Off The Tracks, Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, The Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, The Ukulele Festival of Scotland, Whitwell Festival, Exile Festival…

Phil has travelled all over the UK and to Europe and the US performing and leading workshops at festivals, theatres, and clubs. He has performed on BBC radio and TV, and shared stages with some of the world’s finest players. He is a regular contributor Uke Magazine, has composed pieces for the London College of Music ukulele grades, and is the author of several books including “How Music Works On The Ukulele”, “How Songs Work On The Ukulele”, and “Blues Ukulele”.

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