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Jesca Hoop
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Jolie Holland
Eilen Jewell
Amy Lavere
Michael Hurley
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Ramsay Midwood
Mary Gauthier
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Steve Forbert
Eve Selis
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Pine Leaf Boys
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Rachael Dadd
Simone White
Corinne West
Walter Strauss
Anni Rossi
Sadie Jemmett
Salt (aka Sofia)
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Kris Delmhorst
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Jesse Sykes
Phil Wandscher
Erin McKeown
Jeb Loy Nichols
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Andrew Gold
Stephen Bishop

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Woodpigeon & Eagleowl
The Magnolia Sisters

Saturday 17 May:
MAIA + 'secret' support


The missing link between FLEET FOXES, CALEXICO and THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, Huddersfield multi-instrumentalists Maia call themselves Alternative Sci-fi Folk Pop Evangelists but we think they’re more like the 21st century BEATLES. As funny, inventive and cool as the Fab Four in their heyday, they’re our tip to be one of the classiest break-through bands of 2014.

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Saturday 28 June 2014:


Exclusive double-header featuring transcendental Canadian indie rock outfit Woodpigeon who were first here in 2009 when The Guardian reported: “The audience sat in rapt silence, rather than chatting through the set like a blasé urban crowd, giving heartfelt applause and whoops for every number. The warm dusk glowing through the window had faded to inky black, and the only illumination was the odd spotlight or candle on a table. The band crammed on to the tiny stage and took us on a journey through alternative country and folk before finishing with a mesmerising psychedelic freak out.” Led by and performing the songs of KINKS fan Mark Andrew Hamilton, Woodpigeon’s sound recalls the finest works of SIMON & GARFUNKEL, BELLE & SEBASTIAN, SUFJAN STEVENS and GRIZZLY BEAR. Plus – for one night only – Scotland’s bewilderingly inventive lo-fi post folk ensemble EAGLEOWL

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Monday 28 July 2014:

Magnolia Sisters

It’s exclusive, it’s intimate, it’s Cajun and it’s Creole…But The Magnolia Sisters are so much more too. To be sure, they excel with their dancehall favourites and beautiful front porch ballads from the Southwest of Louisiana, but legendary Sisters lynchpin Ann Savoy has also recorded a Grammy-nominated album with LINDA RONSTADT, the Sisters’ sublime Acadian harmonies recall KATE & ANNA McGARRIGLE at their peak and this female folklorist supergroup – featuring Savoy, Jane Vidrine, Anya Burgess and Lisa Trahan - has been described by All Music as the missing link between ‘a bayou FAIRPORT CONVENTION and a feistier, female BEAUSOLEIL…’ So hey – mon Dieu! - let’s roll out the red carpet and…Allons danser!

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Jack Russell rounds up flock of Swaledales...in his dreams

Hi there and welcome to The Band Room on the North York Moors - variously described as 'The greatest small venue on Earth' (The Handsome Family), 'The Shed that Rocks' (The Guardian), 'England's tiniest major venue' (The Yorkshire Post) and 'a corrugated iron shed in the middle of nowhere' (We said that). It's all true...

Four years after her show here in 2006 Cerys Matthews reminisced on BBC Radio 6: "It's a very special place"...Willy Mason said: "Wow - this is great!"...Louisiana Cajun legend Marc Savoy declared: "The Band Room was my favourite show!"...while Howe Gelb revealed, exclusively: "It's got a great vibe...and werewolves too..." You can read reviews of some of our shows here in The Guardian and The Press and see videos - lo-fi, naturally - of some of them here on The Band Room

Located in the heart of the stunning North York Moors National Park The Band Room is like no other venue you'll ever stumble upon.


Built for the Farndale Silver Band in the 1920s this 100-capacity wooden room 35 miles north of York has got to be one of the best 'intimate' gigs in the whole of England, with its crystalline-pure acoustics, magical atmosphere and unpretentious homespun vibe (we don't sell alcohol - but you're welcome to bring your own).

Shows are few and sometimes far between while we wait for our principal targets to become available - so we try to make every show count. There are no ordinary acts, no perfunctory gigs, no fillers. We have no spring or autumn schedule to cobble together. Life's too short. Everyone who plays here has released at least one critically-acclaimed CD and before we book anyone we always ask the same question: are they good enough to play here?

If the triple and quadruple encores are anything to go by, the acts respond with what can't be far short of career-best performances. Indeed, many big Alt.country | Americana | Folk | Rock | Roots stars have fallen in love with The Band Room and called their shows here the highlight of their European tours.

The best way to experience the gig is to make a weekend of it. There are great places to stay in Farndale, aka 'Daffodil Valley' by virtue of the 'lentern lilies' which carpet the valley floor in a sea of yellow each spring, or on the nearby moors - in farmhouse B&Bs, country inns or 200-year old self-catering sandstone cottages, many of which are listed here on our accommodation page...

The Band Room feels privileged to support The Abbotson Trust for Music Therapy. 50p of every ticket sold goes to this Kirkbymoorside-based trust, which provides funding for innovation and research into the healing potential of music therapy for children and adults with special needs.

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