Gearing up for the Best Mini-Fest yet!

Having received over 100 applications from musical acts from across the UK eager to play at York’s Little Festival of Live Music, the team behind the festival are delighted to be unveiling the line-up for this year’s six and a half hour Acoustic and Folk Mini-Fest, which will take place at the Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green on Saturday 31 March. 

The double award-winning festival, which was recently awarded with the title of York’s Outstanding New Festival of the Year, will be bringing some of the finest established and new talent together to offer audiences an exciting musical experience.

Ellen Cole the Curator of the festival says: “This year’s mini-fest will be offering a wide range of acoustic and folk talent both from York and further afield. I was overwhelmed with the numbers applying to be part of our mini-fest and I am gutted that I couldn’t offer everyone a slot, the standard was really high. The Black Swan Inn is one of our favourite venues to host live music events at, as it offers our audiences the opportunity to enjoy an up-close musical experience. Our Mini-Fest will offer a wide range of musical themes from traditional tunes to country and even a spot of modern folk music, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Entry into the festival is free, however there is a suggested donation of £5 which will be donated to The Island Mentoring Scheme which supports vulnerable children and young people living in York.”

This year’s mini-fest will feature rising young performer Scarlett Gordon, gypsy-celtic group Leather’o; traditional folk and multi-instrumentalist Toni Bunnell; Bruni who are a Scandinavian folk, norse and celtic band who dress in viking wear; local acoustic legend David Ward Maclean; Plumbhall’s Nick Hall who will be performing a rare solo set at the event and voice of an angel Edwina Hayes, who has won her reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana and will be headlining the Mini-Fest.

Ellen goes on to say: “the line-up for our mini-fest is phenomenal and I cannot wait to see what our audiences think. This year’s six and a half hour event should not be missed, it’s going to be such a treat for our audience.”
Entry into the festival is free of charge, however a suggested donation of £5 will be welcomed. These donations will be given to The Island Mentoring Scheme – a local children’s charity which supports vulnerable children from York.

York’s Little Festival of Live Music’s Mini-Fest will take place on Saturday 31 March from 2.30pm-9pm (doors open at 2.15pm). 

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