Acoustic Roots Festival
Back in 2010, Barnsley Acoustic Roots was put together by a small group of people. They held their first festival at The Civic in Barnsley, with the following two year’s festivals taking place at Kingstone School theatre. Following the closure of the school that year, the festival took a brief hiatus in 2013, with just a small concert taking place at the new Horizon Community College Theatre, the academy that replaced Kingstone (and Holgate) school.

Previous festivals have included major artists such as Cara Dillon, The Demon Barbers Roadshow and Brass Monkey alongside newer artists Walsh and Pound, Toy Hearts and Carravik Sisters. From across the water, the festival has had visits from Po Girl, Larkin Poe, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and Little Miss Higgins. The annual Seth Lakeman Rising Star Award is presented to a local performer, who receives the opportunity to perform on the main stage.
This week Barnsley Acoustic Roots announced the return of the festival, with a full day of performances taking place on Sunday 30th March. The line-up will will feature Melrose Quartet, Blackbeards Tea Party, Peter Mulvey (USA), Rita Payne, Barnsley’s very own influencial and much loved Dave Burland, and we will also feature Barnsley’s Jamie Roberts’ new folk group, The Dovetail Trio.

A singaround/session will also take place throughout much of the day. This will be headed by Alan Jones, regular bano play at Barnsley Folk Club and organiser of the Barnsley Celtic Session (Old No7). There will also be a craft fair and a Real Ale bar run by Acorn Breewery.

All Day Concert tickets just £10!! Individual Afternoon/ Evening concert Tickets £5.
Tickets on sale very soon from


  1. Hi Mick,
    i don’t provide maps as I only share the news. However, there are links in the article that take you straight to the venue’s website.
    I can tell you it is less than five minutes from the M1/J37 though.

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