Switch of venue for annual folk event

The Ryedale Folk Weekend will be changing venue inext year.

The expansion plans and the recent building works being undertaken at Ryedale Folk Museum mean that the festival has had to find a new home for its May festival.

It will now run at The New Inn and Cropton Brewery, a venue already popular with festival goers through its connection with Roots North – Cropton Folk and Roots, which has already enjoyed success there.

The weekend of events runs from May 25 to 27 with concerts, a ceilidh, workshops, musicians’ sessions and singarounds taking place in The New Inn and at Cropton Village Hall.

“While we are sad to lose the Folk Museum as our main venue, we are looking forward to a great weekend with the knowledge that facilities at Cropton will be first rate,” said a festival spokesman.

“We’ll be able to offer additional camping space, a more extensive real ale bar, on-site festival food and top class a la carte in the New Inn.”

Plans are afoot to stage The Moorland Whalers – a musical drama based on a young man’s life in the Yorkshire Whaling Industry.

“As the famous Master Mariner, Naturalist and Whaling Captain, William Scoresby lived in Cropton, we are sure it will attract attention not only from Folk Music fans, but also from the local community,” said the spokesman.

Acts include include the Tannahill Weavers, headlining the Saturday evening concert.