A music festival is taking place this weekend at one of the area’s top farms.

Cannon Hall Farm will host the event this with top folk singer Kate Rusby bringing together a collection of artists.

And the gig is a union of two of Cawthorne’s well-known families, the Rusby family and the Nicholson family who run the farm.

Steve Rusby, father of top folk musician Kate, and Roger Nicholson, of Cannon Hall Farm, came up with the idea over a pint at the village cricket club.

“It just seemed like a great idea.” said Roger.

“Steve and I are great believers that Yorkshire is the centre of the universe.

“We wanted to create an event that would draw people from far and wide to our lovely little village.”

Folk singer Kate Rusby
Folk singer Kate Rusby
 

The festival is entitled The Underneath The Stars Festival and will feature an eclectic musical mix.

Cawthorne’s own Kate Rusby appears alongside Richard Thompson, named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 20 guitarists of all time.

The Puppini Sisters and Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds will also perform.

For the Nicholson family who own Cannon Hall Farm, the challenge has been to relocate their flock of 500 sheep that would normally be grazing in the picturesque grassland that surrounds the farm.

Robert Nicholson said: “It’s taken a bit of sorting out but we’ve managed to come up with 35 acres of perfectly manicured grassland to accommodate car parking, camping and the event field itself.

 

“The masterstroke is the construction of a huge 4,000 seat marquee which allows us to waterproof the whole event taking the weather out of the equation.

“There’s a great line up of food and drink and lots for kids to do as we wanted it to be a truly family orientated event.”

Tickets remain for the event and more details can be found at www.underthestarsfest.co.uk .

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