The musical entertainment at the Festival justifies the ticket price on its own. Throughout each day in the Richard Whiteley Pavilion, with a break only for the speakers, trad jazz alternates with Dales brass bands. Yorkshire is famous for its brass band tradition, maintained at a high standard by the bands from Muker, Reeth and Leyburn.

Each day a traditional dancing troupe will also perform in between the bands for your entertainment.

Timetable

  Saturday 2nd May
10.00– 10.45 Old Glory Jazz Band
10.45 – 11.00 Richmond on Swale Morris Men
11.00 – 11.45 Muker Silver Band
11.45 – 12.00 Richmond on Swale Morris Men
12.00 – 12.45 Old Glory Jazz Band
12.45 – 13.00 Richmond on Swale Morris Men
13.00 – 13.45 Muker Silver Band
13.45 – 14.00 Richmond on Swale Morris Men
14.00 – 15.00 Rodney Tennant - Speaker
15.00 – 16.00 Old Glory Jazz Band
16.00 – 17.00 Muker Silver Band

  Sunday 3rd May
10 .00– 10.45 To be confirmed
10.45 – 11.00 Step this Way Appalachian Cloggers
11.00 – 11.45 Leyburn Band
11.45 – 12.00 Step this Way Appalachian Cloggers
12.00 – 12.45 To be confirmed
12.45 – 13.00 Step this Way Appalachian Cloggers
13.00 – 13.45 Leyburn Band
13.45 – 14.00 Step this Way Appalachian Cloggers
14.00 – 15.00 Mike Pannett - Speaker
15.00 – 16.00 To be confirmed
16.00 – 17.00 Leyburn Band

  Monday 4th May
10 .00– 10.45 Reeth Brass Band
10.45 – 11.00 Brompton Scorpers Sword Dancers
11.00 – 11.45 New Orleans Wiggle Jazz Band
11.45 – 12.00 Brompton Scorpers Sword Dancers
12.00 – 12.45 Reeth Brass Band
12.45 – 13.00 Brompton Scorpers Sword Dancers
13.00 – 13.45 New Orleans Wiggle Jazz Band
13.45 – 14.00 Brompton Scorpers Sword Dancers
14.15 – 15.15 Gervase Phinn - Speaker
15.15 – 16.00 Reeth Brass Band
16.00 – 17.00 New Orleans Wiggle Jazz Band

Daleside New Orleans Jazz Band
New Orleans Wiggle
Richmond on Swale Morris Men
Richmond on Swale Morris Men
Old Glory
Old Glory Jazz Band
Leyburn Band
Leyburn Band
Muker Silver Band
Muker Silver Band
Reeth Brass Band
Reeth Brass Band
Traditional Sword Dancers
Brompton Scorpers Sword Dancers
Step This Way Appalachian Cloggers and The Bones Creek Band
Step This Way Appalachian Cloggers and The Bones Creek Band

Step This Way Appalachian Cloggers and The Bones Creek Band have been performing songs, steps and tunes from the Appalachian mountains of America for the past 11years. The tunes and steps were taken to America from England, Ireland and Scotland in the 1800s with the early settlers, they were blended with Native American and African rhythms and this creates the lively mix which can be seen today.


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Speakers Corner

Speakers corner photo

The high point of each day, 2.00pm at the Richard Whiteley Pavilion, is an interesting and entertaining talk by a different guest speaker.

Find out more about Speakers Corner

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Foreword by Gervase Phinn

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Gervase Phinn

"...There is no better way of spending the May Day Bank Holiday weekend than a visit to beautiful Wensleydale for there is something for everyone at this varied and colourful pageant and the hospitality is of the very best."

Read foreword in full...

 
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Events in the Tent

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'Old Hams Hung out to Dry' and 'Colin Bailey in Concert' North Country Theatre and Friends present two evening events, a talk and a concert to tickle your cultural taste buds. See the evening events page for more details...

 
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