Americana Weekend at Tan Hill 2017

We had a wonderful weekend at Tan Hill – here is a short report:

Pennine Sky Tan Hill Americana Weekend 2017                                                                                               

Music with Altitude!

Home from a wonderful weekend of live music at Tan Hill which thankfully all the audiences appeared to thoroughly enjoy!

Many thanks to Louise and the staff at Tan Hill for hosting the event and a huge thankyou to ALL the artists and technicians in the 4 concerts and myriad sessions, all of whom sang and played on their very top form with sound and lighting of the highest quality.

Just to mention a few, the opening act Sam Gleaves from Virginia, totally enchanted the audience with his gentle and informative set delivered to us at the end of his short UK tour which included Cambridge Folk Festival.

The finale on friday was also particularly memorable when 5 brilliant musicians and singers, the Hayley Sisters and Jester B combined to raise the barn roof with their spine tingling harmonies.

Despite running brilliant concerts for 10 years, we only remember 2 standing ovations. 1 was for  Elbow Jane at Hardraw, and the other was a whooping, spontaneous outpouring of applause and delight at the end of Dan Donnelly’s set on Saturday night. Not many solo artists can follow a 6 piece band and totally dominate the stage with sheer charisma and entertaining brilliance but Dan did that and left the audience thrilled – what a star!

The daytime concerts also were thoroughly enjoyable and on Sunday afternoon, a large group of bikers simply did not want to leave………

Sessions were fun, most memorably  the Sunday afternoon one which reduced participants to tears at one point with the pathos of a beautifully performed song and then everyone was up and dancing minutes later. Unwary visitors who stumbled on this session could not believe their eyes and ears especially when Jenny threw her bit of wood on the floor and began clogging.

Final thanks go to our wonderful, ticket buying and hugely appreciative audiences without whom the hard work would be utterly pointless. Happily we just managed to cover our costs with a few pennies to spare.

Pennine Sky does not know what the future holds, as both our recent venues are up for sale so this may be the final concert based event, although we will continue to run picking weekends at the Station Inn Ribblehead – keep your eyes on facebook and our website.

If anyone knows a landlord/lady who is crazy about live folky music, has a concert room, b&b and camping space and doesn’t mind keep the bar open very late, then please let us know!