FolkWorld #69 07/2019
© Musicport Festival


18th – 20th October 2019

Whitby Pavilion Complex
Whitby, North Yorkshire

Artist Video www.musicport-

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

»This sublime, critically acclaimed & multi award-winning collaboration between two world-class & adventurous virtuoso musicians – Welsh harpist Catrin Finch & Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita.«

Artist Video Catrin Finch

Seckou Keita

Musicport Is Twenty

We started back in 2000 with a one-off festival for the Millennium, and that one-off provided the impetus that has kept us going ever since – so 2019 brings our 20th Musicport and a great celebration of the 20 years!

Reg Meuross

»Acclaimed singer/songwriter Reg Meuross presents his song cycle 12 Silk Handkerchiefs which tells in music and multi-media the story of the disaster and subsequent uprising led by Hull’s fighting fishwife Mrs Lillian Bilocca.«

Artist Video Reg Meuross

We’ve had some amazing artists play here over those years – including: Vieux Farka Touré, The Mahotella Queens, Lemn Sissay, Tankus the Henge, Idlewild, Seckou Keita and Catrin Finch, Jeremy Hardy, Rachid Taha, The Buena Vista Social Club, Toumani Diabate, The Levellers, Misty In Roots, Courtney Pine, Natty and the Rebelship, Talvin Singh, Richard Hawley, The Afro Celt Sound System, Hugh Masekela, Chumbawamba, Mory Kante, Los De Abajo, Arthur Brown, The Blockheads, Dobet Gnahoré, The Demon Barbers XL, Duke Special, Dub Colossus, Transglobal Underground, Afrikan Boy, Varldens Band, Mari Boine – and there are so many more. We’ve decided in 2019 to invite back some favourites from the past as well as finding people who’ve not performed in Whitby before – check out our Line Up page.

Our décor transforms Whitby Pavilion into a great venue, really intimate and with a special atmosphere. You can get so close to these brilliant musicians, sometimes you have to pinch yourself to realise they really are here, on our doorstep, close enough to touch!

Then there’s our concerts and open mics – more opportunities to enjoy great music from all sorts of performers, some born and bred in Whitby, others from much further afield – whether it’s Sheffield, Scotland or the Sahara – always quality, often emotional and always memorable. Some stunning memories have been created at our house concerts, most recently at the Old Reading Room in Goathland – around 25 people, great food, great company and great music!

The Old Reading Room also houses our new venture into support of the visual arts – a collective of local artists exhibit and sell their art and craft here during the months March to November. Staffed by the artists themselves, the ORRG is open Friday-Sunday most weekends, and occasional weekdays.

Learning is important to us too – as a partner in NYMAZ ( we support a whole programme of workshops covering a multitude of skills and interests in the lead up to and during the festival. You can even earn an Arts Award with Musicport.

Finally, there’s our shop with its new identity: Whitby Music Shop, on Skinner Street in Whitby – the only music shop in the town, selling all sorts of instruments, gifts and accessories ( – where you can also get information and tickets for any of our events.

Anne Niepold

»An incredible diatonic accordion player. Nothing scares her. She knows no limits. On the contrary, she magnifies the constraints of her “small” accordion.«

Artist Video Anne Niepold @ FROG

Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

‘An exquisite soundscape, which is the result of passion, precision and unbridled intimacy.’ (R2) ‘The passion and dignity of Americana at its most exquisitely potent.’ (We Are Cult)

Artist Video Sanders / Savage @ FROG

Belinda O’Hooley

»Belinda takes a short break from her duo activities to showcase her piano playing exploring the Irish music of her roots.«

Artist Video Belinda O’Hooley @ FROG

Moussou T E Lei Jovents

»Musical phenomena from the Occitan region, where the multi-cultural melting pot that is Marseilles shows in their upbeat and joyous music.«

Artist Video Moussou T E Lei Jovents @ FROG

Världens Band

»14 young musicians from 6 countries, and 3 continents. One band who create something exciting, cohesive & charming.They show us all how it should be done and get everyone to dance in the process.«

Artist Video Världens Band @ FROG

Peatbog Faeries

»Hailing from the Isle of Skye, their mainly instrumental music allows the band to develop exciting themes and soundscapes, as well as locking into their trademark hypnotic ‘Celtic Dance’ sound that no-one can resist moving to!«

Artist Video Peatbog Faeries @ FROG


»This angelic French tribe has been roving the world with its heterogeneous and eclectic musical luggage for the best part of 30 years. Unique & stunning.«

Artist Video Lo'Jo @ FROG

The Hut People

»Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage!«

Artist Video The Hut People @ FROG

Riccardo Tesi

»Melodeon maestro, composer, instrumentalist and researcher who led the famed Banditaliana and who is a total revelation and a visionary on his chosen instrument.«

Artist Video Riccardo Tesi @ FROG

Warsaw Village Band

»One of the most adventurous, exciting groups in Europe. Thrilling, harsh-edged vocals over slinky bass riffs, percussion and wild violin work.«

Artist Video Warsaw Village Band @ FROG

Photo Credits: (1) Musicport Festival, (2) Reg Meuross, (3) Catrin Finch & Sekou Keita, (4) Anne Niepold, (5) Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage, (6) Belinda O’Hooley, (7) Moussou T E Lei Jovents, (8) Världens Band, (9) Peatbog Faeries, (10) Lo'Jo, (11) The Hut People, (12) Riccardo Tesi, (13) Warsaw Village Band (unknown/website).

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