Bands come together for day of music, food and fun at Cantina

An annual celebration of songwriters, rockabilly, folk, country, western, swing and roots-driven music is back in Acklington next weekend.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 3rd August 2018, 11:00 am
I See Hawks in LA will be at the Country Club Cantina in Acklington.
I See Hawks in LA will be at the Country Club Cantina in Acklington.

The Jumpin’ Hot Country Cantina will see live music, food and drink on offer on Saturday, August 11.

And the entertainment will run throughout the day.

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

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From Southern California, the all harmonies and country rock quartet I See Hawks In LA will start the Cantina off with a classic country bang.

Also from the United States, one of the hottest acts on Boston’s country folk-roots music scene Laura Cortese and The Dance Cards will be performing, comprising Laura on violin, Valerie on cello, fiddler Jenna and bassist Natalie.

Then the acclaimed songsmith Martin Stephenson will be playing a special, one-off solo set, just for the Cantina. His patter and tunes should be eagerly anticipated.

And one of the UK’s premier young rockabilly/RNR bands, Howlin Ric and The Rocketeers, will finish the evening off as debutants to this music extravaganza.

Martin Stephenson

There will also be the afternoon songwriters’ circle, with artists from around the globe. From Norwich there is Jess Morgan, alongside Scotland’s Al Shields, Serious Sam Barrett from Leeds, and deservedly just added, Elaine Palmer, from North Denby.

Shipcote and Friends, who have just played the acclaimed Red Rooster Fest, will play a little early afternoon set of their own acoustic Northern swing tunes.

And Calico Bonnet, the young female guitar/fiddle duo, will debut some old time country.

Finally, a friend of the Jumpin’ Hot Club, the slide guitar man from Amble, Johnny Dickinson, is set to pop along and perform a rare set.

The event runs from noon to 11pm.

La Fiesta, the food stall people, will be bringing along good old country fare, with burritos and a barbecue, lots of vegan and veggie food, plus cakes, coffee and light snacks.

Hadrian Border Brewery will be supplying the beer, and the bar area will have the Dansette, playing rootsy 78rpm records.

Stagger Lee will be playing country in between sets in the main hall.

Tickets are available to buy now, priced at £23 per person, and are valid for the whole day.

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For more information about the Country Cantina, or about the bands playing at the Acklington event, visit The Jumpin Hot site at