Musicport concert

Iain Matthews and Egbert Deri
Iain Matthews and Egbert Deri
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WHITBY’S Musicport Festival will be launched with a special concert later this month.

The UK’s biggest indoor world music festival will be held at Whitby Pavilion later this year from 18 to 20 October.

However, a special concert featuring two of the acts who have previously appeared at the festival will take place on Saturday 23 March.

Headling the concert will be Iain Matthews, lead singer of the original Fairport Convention, Plainsong and Matthews Southern Comfort (who had a number 1 hit in the 1970s with Joni Mitchell’s song Woodstock).

Ian was recently cited by Dave Stewart, frontman of the Eurythmics, as having helped his early career when Iain worked behind the scenes in the music industry in the 1970s.

At Whitby Iain will play most of his famous songs including Meet on the Ledge and his number one hit Woodstock.

Changing Horses are a British indie-folk duo consisting of Richard Birtill (vocals and guitar) and Francesca Cullen (vocals, violin, mandolin and melodeon) will also perform.

Stylistically taking influence from the psychedelic likes of The Incredible String Band, and the experimental art-punk of The Fall, theirs is a patchwork of off-kilter folk that has drawn in the plaudits from numerous sources.

After holing up in a Nashville studio with producer/session musician Chris Donohue (Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris) the track ‘Cut All Strings’ featured on an HBO documentary and went on to pick up multiple plays on both the Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris BBC radio shows.

Last year’s festival season also saw the band grace stages at Kendal Calling, Solfest, Brampton, Crawley Folk Festival and SO festival.

An act from closer to home The Visiters are a startlingly young group based in Fylingthorpe who will be playing in the theatre bar on the night when people arrive.

Festival organiser Jim McLaughlin said: “I think this will be an excellent way to welcome the festival permanently back to its spiritual home in Whitby.

“We’re hoping to have the full line-up for October confirmed before the night and also to offer special incentives on the night for people to buy their festival tickets.

“Iain and Changing Horses have both played excellent sets at the festival before so we know we’re in for a great night of music and more.”

After the concert, Musicport host their first house concert of the year with Irish singer Odi.

House concerts are an increasingly popular way to see artists in an intimate setting without amplification.

Details of when and where the gig is can be obtained by ringing Musicport on (01947) 603475.

The Whitby Gazette has three pairs of tickets for the launch concert on Saturday 23 March up for grabs.

To be in with a chance of winning answer the question below.

What is the name of the young band from Fylingthorpe who will perform in Whitby Pavilion’s foyer on the night?

Deadline for entries is 13 March.

l Email your answer to; text to 63333 starting your message with WGENTRY (text charge 50p plus your standard charge); or fill in the coupon and send it to Musicport Concert Competition, Whitby Gazette, 17-18 Bridge Street, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4BG.

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