Packed line-up of gigs at Band Room

Valerie June
Valerie June
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A PACKED series of live music concerts will take place in the remote village of Farndale in the heart of the North York Moors this spring.

Tickets are now on sale for the gigs at The Band Room which will see American folk legend Michael Hurley, Valerie June and the Handsome Family take to the stage during May.

Singer/guitarist Michael who also plays the fiddle and piano was discovered by blues and jazz historian Frederick Ramsey III, and subsequently championed by boyhood friend Jesse Colin Young, who released his second and third albums on The Youngbloods’ Warner Bros. imprint, Raccoon.

His songs have been recorded by artists including Calexico, Cat Power, Espers, Vetiver and Violent Femmes and have been hailed as among the most important in modern Americana.

Michael will be performing at The Band Room on Sunday 5 May.

And the following Friday on 10 May, fellow American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Valerie June from Tennessee will give a concert.

Her sound incorporates a wide variety of influences, encompassing a mixture of blues, folk, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass.

Later in May on Friday 24, The Handsome Family return to the venue to play a record breaking fifth show.

The Handsome Family is a 20-year songwriting collaboration between husband and wife, Brett (music) and Rennie Sparks (words). Their lyrics and music are very intense, highly descriptive and full of meticulously-researched narrative and exhilarating musical re-imaginings of everything from Appalachian holler, psychedelic rock, Tin Pan Alley and medieval ballad.

The Bandroom was originally built for the Farndale Silver Band in the 1920s and has capacity for just 100 people and has been hailed as one of the best venues for intimate gigs in England with crystalline-pure acoustics, magical atmosphere and an unpretentious homespun vibe and although the venue doesn’t sell alcohol people are welcome to bring their own.

For more information about The Band Room visit