Bringing live roots music to East Northants - 2nd - 5th May 2019

Friday 20th December - John Kirkpatrick Solo Christmas Show

Taking its title from John’s unforgettable song telling the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals in the stable, this show is a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals found in the folklore and folk music of England at Midwinter. John peels away the commercial gloss of modern Christmas to reveal the powerful pagan urges that race through us all at this time of year, and the life and death struggle that is symbolised in so many traditional songs and customs.

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About Us

For 18 year Raunds Music Festival has brought some of the finest music acts to East Northamptonshire. It brings internationally acclaimed acts to on our now famous "booted" stage.

"We loved the Melrose Quartet with Nancy Kerr."

"Greg Russell has a great voice; he combines modern protest songs with a great sense of humour"

The Festival features a Friday night ceilidh. We are proud to showcase local community music groups, young musicians and give opportunities for individuals to perform with other musicians at Song'n'Tune sessions.

"Singing at the Song'n'Tune session with family and friends is special to me"

"We always come to see the local music choirs perform and are never disappointed".

Raunds Music Festival is remembered fondly by many artists who have performed here and is recommended for seeing up-and-coming acts.

Where does it take place?

Most of the sessions at the festival are staged indoors at the Saxon Hall, with good comfortable seats! The festival provides an opportunity to listen to some of the best folk acts around in friendly environment.

"Gilmore and Roberts did an amazing afternoon set, standing in the middle of the audience for the encore"

There is an opportunity to choose from real ales, soft drinks, hot drinks and some food to keep you going between sessions. In good weather you can take a drink outside on the patio. There is parking at Saxon Hall.

When does it take place?

The festival takes place on the first May Bank Holiday weekend, from Thursday to Sunday.

"It was an amazing concert. Jackie Oates’ beautiful voice followed by the driving energy of Little Johnny England bringing a folk-rock approach to traditional music."


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