Mini-fest brings the girl power to York

Gracie Falls. Picture: Frank Roper

Gracie Falls. Picture: Frank Roper

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Bringing together and celebrating female folk and acoustic musicians from across Yorkshire, York’s Little Festival of Live Music will showcase six hours of incredible live music performed in the intimate setting of the Black Swan Inn in York on Saturday.

Having received 103 applications from female talent from across the North of England all keen to play at the event, the Festival, which was recently announced as York’s Outstanding Festival of the Year, spent three weeks whittling the numbers down to six acts. Ellen Cole, curator of the festival, says: “This mini-fest is probably one of the most exciting that we have ever done – we’ve tailored it to showcase the work of female talent and the sheer amount of talent that applied has been incredible. Our event is running alongside the York International Women’s Festival, which we’re incredibly proud to be a part of.”

Holly Taymar plays in the band The Bronze

Holly Taymar plays in the band The Bronze

This unique event will feature Gracie Falls, a country and folk performer, who recently won UK Unsigned Songwriter of the Year, alternative Celtic, gypsy band Leather’o, which will feature a one-off full female line-up, folk and blues harpist Sarah Dean, acoustic singer-songwriter Rachel Croft, folk musician Holly Taymar from the band The Bronze and renowned prog-rock folk performer Heather Findlay, who fronted the well-known band Mostly Autumn.

Entry into the event is free of charge, however a suggested donation of £5 to the Kyra Women’s Project – a local charity which supports women to overcome challenge and make changes in their lives – would be greatly appreciated.

This one-off Girl Power event will take place on Saturday March 4 at the Black Swan Inn in Peasholm Green, York from 3pm-9pm (doors open 2.45pm).

York’s Little Festival of Live Music will be staging their annual festival at the York Food and Drink Festival on Parliament Street from September 22-October 1 and submissions from musicians wishing to apply to be part of the event will open on Sunday March 5.

Heather Findlay

Heather Findlay

For more information on both events go to: facebook.com/YorksLittleFestivalOfLiveMusic, follow on Twitter: @live_music_fest or email: yorkslivemusicfestival@gmail.com.

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