A weekend packed full of traditional and contemporary folk, gypsy jazz, blues, country, soul, barbershop, comedy , and a host of talented singer-song writers.
With music shared between three covered stages and tickets limited to just 300, the emphasis on this festival is small, intimate and friendly. Organisers and musicians Paul Mason and Fiona Lander (aka Landermason) along with a team of volunteers have created a festival experience like no other. How many other festivals have hand built stages, bars, earth closets, a toilet trailer, lanterns, a giant can crusher and a full size trebuchet? Better still, everything built out of reclaimed materials. No portaloos at this festival!
With on-site camping available for up to 4 nights for ticket holders, BAAFest offers visitors a great way to come to the Northumberland National Park without breaking the bank!
This years line up is another cracker featuring Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, Damien O’Kane and David Kosky, Djangologie, Pete Scott, Andy May Trio, Adrian Nation, Lesley Roley, The Seam, Roddy Matthews and Cuddystone, The Gilded Thieves, Hicks and Goulbourn, The Shoeshop Quartet, Celia Bryce Band, Roger Davies, Honey Fungus, Bella Gaffney, Generation Jones, Kitty Macfarlane, The Lindie Quartet, Reely Ceol, Meghann Clancy, Five Men No Dog and many more.
The festival kicks off with a fund raiser given by the organisers themselves on Thursday 4th then on Friday it’s the turn of the youngsters with the ever popular ‘Student Concert’. This is followed by an audience with Pete Scott.
Over the weekend, there will be workshops for ukulele led by Ian K Brown, guitar with Steve Hicks and singing with Fiona Lander. Open Mic hosted by Meghann Clancy and a Sunday teatime Ceilidh with Roddy Matthews and his band.
Several local stalls and food outlets will also be on site: Northern Wilds (oven fired pizzas), Kielder Organics (burgers), Meena’s Tai Curry, Trudies Kitchen (cakes and bakes) plus two real ale bars.