Bellowhead centre stage

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THE stage is set for two big music shows at the Open-Air Theatre this weekend.

Beached festival will be staged on Saturday, from 2-11pm, and Musicport will take over on Sunday, from noon until 11pm.

Musicport, which runs the country’s biggest indoor world-music festival in Bridlington every year, is behind Sunday’s show.

The headliners, Bellowhead, have won the gong for best live group at Radio 2’s annual folk awards five times.

The 11-piece band were formed in 2004 by renowned duo John Spiers on melodeon and concertina and Jon Boden on vocals and fiddle. The Demon Barbers, another winner of the Radio 2 folk award for best live band, team up with some of England’s most exciting young traditional dancers to create a high-energy music and dance spectacular.

The line-up includes a pair of morris dancers, a five-man rap team who pivot and somersault around the stage and a beatboxer accompanied by clogdancing for a show-stopping climax. Jim Moray, 27, is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer who has created startlingly contemporary recordings of England’s traditional songs which have been described as the most significant development in folk music in the last 30 years.

Alejandro Toledo and the Magic Tombolinos, from London, play Balkan gypsy-punk and a fusion of African, Latin and Middle Easter beats. They won an award for Channel 4’s Evo Music Rooms last year.

The Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, from Rajasthan in India, blend popular themes from Bollywood films, traditional Indian music and a distinctive gypsy sound.

South Africa’s Mighty Zulu Nation boast amazing voices, brilliant harmonies and powerful dance sequences.

Robert Maseko and guitarist Otis Tabasenge will play the distinctive Congolese music Robert has become renowned for. Sura Susso, on the African harp, played a “five-star show on Radio 2, brimming with imagination and delivered with virtuosic authority”, says Musicport director Jim McLaughlin.

Whisky Dogs are a Bridlington based Americana family band.

Young band Sail Pattern mix sea shanties with a plethora of musical influences.

Groundbreaking Scottish mavericks Shooglenifty push the word traditional to its limits with their blend of dance vibes and roots music. Their music has been described as “acid croft” and “hypnofolkadelia”. Folk veterans Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick will play a new collection of traditional songs and instrumentals.

Since winning BBC Radio’s award for Yorkshire songwriter of the year in 2006, Anna Shannon has forged a steady path into the folk singer-songwriter scene, playing at numerous venues.

The Duncan McFarlane Band play what fRoots magazine described as “solid, energetic English electric-folk, full of pumping riffs and loads of energy”. Musicport tickets cost £25 and it will be be staged at Bridlington Spa from 4-6 November.