The Doonans have a deserved reputation for their imaginative and innovative interpretations of traditional songs and ability to introduce other genres of music and dance to their thoroughly entertaining performances. The line up includes Mick Doonan, Phil Murray, Kevin Doonan, Stu Luckley, Ian Fairbairn, Rosie Doonan, Jamie Luckley, Ben Murray and Frances Doonan.
Rosie Doonan has been touring with Peter Gabriel as part of his band and support – she was recently spotted on BBC2 adding vocals when they performed on ‘Later with Jools Holland.’ She will be joining him again for dates this year – no doubt including again the stunning duet on the classic ‘Don’t Give Up.’
From the USA comes the amazing Abigail Washburn with Kai Welch who will be performing on Friday night along with popular Scottish band Shooglenifty who will be treating festival goers to their special brand of “acid-croft.”
Other artists include , Martin Carthy, Chumbawamba, Coope Boyes & Simpson, Henry Priestman, and Peter Robinson, author of DI Banks series of books as featured on ITV with Stephen Tompkinson, and poet extraordinaire Ian McMillan and Luke Carver-Goss.
Many more great acts can be found by going to the festival’s website – www.beverleyfestival.com
A wide range of concerts and activities for those attending the event, with a special emphasis on families and children, makes the event a perfect weekend for all.
Performing artists for 2012 include: Joe Brown, Steeleye Span, Peatbog Faeries,
The Mighty Doonans, Chumbawamba, Martin Carthy, Coope, Boyes & Simpson, Shooglenifty,
Abigail Washburn with Kai Welch (usa),ahab, Furnace Mountain (usa), Henry Priestman,
Ian McMillan and Luke Carver Goss, Elvis Fontenot and the Sugar Bees, The Toy Hearts,
The Carrivick Sisters, The Whiskey Dogs, The Tom Townsend Blues Band, Lady Maisery,
Peter Robinson (author),Habadekuk (denmark), Elfynn, Roger Davies
Area 2 Youth Programme – Kirsty Bromley, Indigo Heights , Jim Molyneux Trio, Blind Panic, King Cole, Raj Raj Raj, Simon Stephenson, Hase Waits, The Tea Cups, Alice Burn & Emily Hoile, Dominic Hook, Beth Chamberlain & Grace Smith, Paul Liddell, Jaywalkers, Horizontal Sunday, Sail Pattern, Mark Wynn, Darcy DaSilva, Fran Smith, Tangletree, Area 2 Big Band.
Moonbeams Sessions – David Ward Maclean, Plumhall, Holly Taymar & Chris Bilton, Gerry McNeice, Something Nasty in the Woodshed, Dan Wilde, Rich Stephenson, Union Jill, Jessica Lawson, Sarah Horn & James, Cudworth, Mark Wynn, Martin Peirson, Andy Stones, Circus Envy plus lots more artists and Dance Teams ….