Stage is set for boutique music festival in the heart of Northumberland

Gerry Colvin Band
Gerry Colvin Band

A small, boutique music festival in the heart of Northumberland is all set for it eighth year next month with an impressive line-up of bands and performers.

Bellingham All Acoustic Music Festival, otherwise known as BAAFest, will take place between Thursday, September 7, and Sunday, September 10.

A BAAFest banner

A BAAFest banner

Housed at Brownrigg Lodges, on the outskirts of the village, the festival boasts three covered/seated stages, two real ale bars, camping and proper flushing toilets! Numbers are limited to just 300 people, making it an intimate experience that attracts music lovers from all over the UK.

Around 30 acts (more than 70 musicians) will travel from near and far to perform over the weekend (September 9 and 10). They include The Jigantics, Gerry Colvin Band, The Rubber Wellies, Ninebarrow, Flossie Malavialle, Wayward Jane, Vera Van Heeringen Trio, Hicks and Goulbourn, Union Jill, Lowri Evans, We Steal Flyers, Roger Davies and His Band, Carly Blain and Graeme Armstrong.

There will also be a range of workshops for guitar, singers and ukuleles, plus a festival sing-along. This year’s Sunday ceilidh will be hosted by Scottish Borders group The Small Hall Band.

A new award-winning show, No Petticoats Here, by Lousie Jordan, will take place on the Saturday. It tells the stories of women who challenged expectations during the First World War.

Carly Blain

Carly Blain

An exhibition of photographs entitled Our Music Seen, which has been touring venues across the region, will also be on show at BAAFest. Six photographers from The North Tyne Photography Group have captured striking images of musicians performing in various places around Tynedale.

There will be several food outlets and stalls on site, open mic slots, various hand-built recycled attractions including a cancrusher and a trebuchet, which will be demonstrated by festival organiser and engineer Paul Mason.

Prior to the weekend, two additional evening concerts will be held in the Assembly Hall on the festival site. On the Thursday, BAAFest organisers Landermason (Fiona Lander and Paul Mason) will take to the stage themselves to play their own captivating mix of folk and jazz with Australian singer songwriter Jenny Biddle providing an opening support with her engaging blues based songs.

Friday (September 8) will see the ever-popular Student Concert, which gives a dedicated platform for young musicians in the region. Eve Simpson, The Stocksfield Stompers, Jason Arnup, Ailsa Oxnard and Hannah, Seb Kilsby and Andrew Langford are just some of those taking part this year.

Eve Simpson

Eve Simpson

For those wishing to stay a little longer, a further hour can be spent listening to French-born songstress Flossie Malavialle, with her incredible voice and hilarious banter.

For further information and details of ticketing for all these events, visit www.baafest.co.uk or contact the Festival Office on 01434 220646

Flossie Malavialle

Flossie Malavialle

Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow

Roger Davis and His Band

Roger Davis and His Band