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The Band Room
forthcoming concerts:
The Magnolia Sisters | Tiny Ruins | Vashti Bunyan | Anais Mitchell

"I don't know why but it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever been."
[Cerys Matthews band member]

Hanson Family

We once had people fly over from Hong Kong to see a show at The Band Room...and a couple of guys flew in from Ohio to see The Groundhogs. What's so special about the place? We think it's because everyone loves the venue...the purity of its acoustics, the feelgood atmosphere, the magical charm of this little wooden room built for the Farndale Silver Band in the 1920s. And maybe it's also because we roll out the red carpetfor the bands - to make them feel special. Who knows, this could be why bands seem to pull out all the stops when they play The Band Room and why shows here tend to go on longer than they do elsewhere. People also like the fact that there's no noisy bar to contend with (you bring your own drinks) - and that after the show you stroll out into Farndale under one of the brightest star-lit skies in the country...

Monday 28 July:

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!

Magnolia Sisters website


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Friday 5 September:

Tiny Ruins

Three of the greatest female singers in the world play The Band Room this autumn and here's the first: New Zealand's Hollie Fullbrook aka Tiny Ruins. Hollie (gorgeous voice, crisp fingerpicker} has spent the last three years touring the world opening for the likes of Beach House, Joanna Newsom, Fleet Foxes, The Handsome Family and Calexico and most recently for Crowded House's NEIL FINN, with whom she also played. Her classy new album, Brightly Painted One (Bella Union), takes in Folk, Blues and Pop, revealing similarities to LAURA MARLING, KAREN DALTON and SANDY DENNY and (oh come on, let's get down off of the fence) the arrival of a bona fide genius.

Saturday 11 October:

Vashti Bunyan

English folk legend Vashti Bunyan - aka 'The Godmother of Psychedelic Folk' - was originally discovered by ROLLING STONES manager Andrew Loog Oldham, releasing her first single, the Jagger-Richards penned 'Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind', on Decca in 1965. Initially promoted as the new Marianne Faithfull she made her debut proper following the horse-and-cart Hebridean road trip which inspired the Joe Boyd-produced 'Just Another Diamond Day', featuring members of INCREDIBLE STRING BAND and FAIRPORT CONVENTION. The record - released in 1970 - failed to achieve lift-off but over the years acquired a cult following as a lost English classic, sold on eBay for as much as $2000 and was re-released in 2000, inspiring a new generation of folk artists, among them JOANNA NEWSOM, VETIVER, ESPERS, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE and DEVENDRA BANHART. 'Lookaftering' (2005) and the 2-CD compilation 'Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind' (2007) consolidated Bunyan's reputation - and her iconic music eventually reached millions anyway when 'Just Another Diamond Day' and 'Train Song' were used in TV ads by T-Mobile, Reebok and Samsung.

Friday 7 November:


Revolutionary Vermont, US, singer-songwriter and musician who's now released five great albums - among them Hadestown (2010), Young Man in America (2012) and Child Ballads (2013) - Anais Mitchell has lately been called 'The Queen of Modern American Folk Music' so fare thee well, then, 'Americana Princess!'. Clearly one of the most engaging and stunningly original artists currently working in new American folk, Mitchell - who completes her hat-trick of Band Room shows tonight - is the missing link between GILLIAN WELCH, JOANNA NEWSOM and CYNDI LAUPER.

What people say...

Dear Bandroom

"What a fantastic night we had watching Willy Mason and Eve Selis. The Band Room is all that is pure about music. It's beautifully intimate and a wonderful experience..."

Sam, Hartlepool

"Thankyou very much for letting me know about the willy mason gig, it was one of the best night's i've ever had, he was fantastic and your band room is (very hard to find and..) very cute."


"On Friday night a small group of us set off from Ripon to the wilds of Farndale and our first visit to the Bandroom.

What a treat was in store, I have been gig going for over forty years
including greats like Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, The Animals on their return to Newcastle after touring America, many folky gigs and festivals, lots of RnB and rock gigs in sweaty pubs. On Friday night the awesome Howe Gelb was right up there with the very best, in your amazing venue, thank you .

I shall be keeping a close eye on your website in future as I have missed quite a few firm favorites in the past."

from N.T.

"Just a quick thanks to whoever got this together. It was one of the best gigs I've been to. First time but not the last time at the Band Room"


"Thanks for a brilliant night on Friday. Howe Gelb was sensational. Funny to think that the last time I saw him in July he was gracing the main stage at Benicassim in front of 30,000 people yet here he was playing to one man and his dog. How on earth do you manage to book the likes of him and Cerys Matthews?!"

Dave, Ripon

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