Folk legend to close curtain on Musicport 2015

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Whitby’s very own folk superstar, Eliza Carthy, will close this year’s Musicport Festival which gets underway next Friday night.

For three days some of the best and well known musicians and singers in the country and in particular from the folk scene will be taking to the stage at Whitby Pavilion and other local venues, performing both new material and undoubtedly some old favourites too.

But the highlight is sure to be the set by Eliza, who hails from Robin Hood’s Bay and perhaps the genre’s most famous family.

Before that, though, there is plenty to get the vocal chords going, starting with the first performance of the weekend.

It is on Friday from 6pm with Bob Blunderbus.

Other acts included in the weekend line-up are Marry Waterson, Project Jam Sandwich, Frumptarn and Demon Barbers.

Musicport is run by Sue and Jim McLaughlin who hosted the first festival in Whitby in 2000. In 2008 it moved to Bridlington but returned to Whitby for good in 2012.

The couple run the Musicport shop on Skinner Street which sells and repairs musical instruments as well as educational music workshops.

From Friday the full list of acts and times and locations will be streamed on www.musicportfestival.com

l See our What’s On guide from page 37 for more details.