Dick Gaughan to play Stainsby Festival then fly to Canada for tour

Scottish folk singer Dick Gaughan.

Scottish folk singer Dick Gaughan.

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Folk legend Dick Gaughan is giving a show of support to this weekend’s Stainsby Festival.

The Scottish protest singer is to perform at the 45th annual event, then fly off to Canada for a two-week tour which takes in two big festivals.

Dick will be playing at Stainsby’s opening night concert in the main marquee tonight (Friday, July 19), sharing a bill with headliners Merry Hell and support acts Jess Morgan and Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham.

He said: “I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve played at Stainsby Festivals over the years. I enjoy playing there because it reminds me of what festivals used to be - it has passion, commitment and sheer love of music.”

Festival chairman Tony Trafford said: “It’s a measure of Dick’s regard for the festival that he agreed to join us as a last minute addition to Friday’s line-up.”

Other big names lined up for the marquee event at Brunts Farm, Stainsby, are Elbow Jane, Alistair Anderson and FOS Brothers.

The festival, which is running until Sunday, July 21, includes children’s entertainment, bands chosen by the festival’s young people’s group, late-night cinema, poetry, a singing contest and stalls.

For more details on the festival, contact 01246 559036 or www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk