Aye Up! Steve Earle headlines this year’s Underneath the Stars

South Yorkshire’s stellar music & arts festival Underneath The Stars is returning this summer with a line-up of established and emerging talent across the folk, jazz, roots, bluegrass, fusion and Americana music worlds, as well as the promise of some enticing workshops, arts, crafts and food stalls, highlighting the creative talents of the Yorkshire region. Organised by the family production team of Yorkshire folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, and now in its fifth year, 2018’s edition also sees its relocation to a brand-new site at Cinderhill Farm, Cawthorne, near Barnsley.

Heading this year’s line-up are Steve Earle with his band The Dukes, as well as Barnsley born and bred Kate Rusby who is part curating the festival. George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain will be presenting their virtuosic, twanging, foot-stomping obituary of rock-n-roll and light entertainment featuring only the “bonsai guitar”. Lau – “the most musically adventurous trio in British folk” (The Guardian) – appear too, with their explorations of acoustic folk tradition and electronica. Barnsley based best-selling author Joanne Harris, most famous for her novel ‘Chocolat’, will also be presenting a special audio-visual show combining original music, songs and stories with The Storytime Band.

Tickets are available from the official website, and if you’re under 7 years old and reading this now, we’ve got some good news for you – you’re getting in for free. Here’s the line-up in full, along with a highlight video from last year in case you want to feel the vibe early.

Steve Earle & The Dukes / Kate Rusby /
George Hinchliffe’s Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain / Lau /
Joanne Harris and the Storytime Band / The California Feetwarmers /
Yves Lambert Trio / Damien O’Kane & Ron Block / Grace Petrie /
Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards / Melrose Quartet /
The Adventures of Andy Kershaw / Fat Suit / Honeyfeet / Estbel / John Metcalfe / Midnight Skyracer / Amythyst Kiah / Jack Rutter / Lori Watson /
Kizzy Crawford / Jack Harris / Howlin’ Ric & The Rocketeers / Stables / Pitou / Hearts at War / Barnsley Youth Choir / L-R

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Author: Mark Whitfield

Mark Whitfield has been the Editor of Americana UK for the last 17 years and still feels like this is his pretend job, mainly because it is.

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