Moonbeams Sessions

Beverley Folk Festival



Moonbeams Sessions

The Atom, located in the heart of the Festival Village hosts the festival bar as well as the Moonbeams Sessions, Area2 Youth programme and the famous Late Night Festival Club.


Moonbeams Sessions

Saturday & Sunday in The Atom

Hosted by Leila Cooper of Moonbeams

One of the most popular features of the festival in recent years has been the Moonbeams Sessions, which take place during
Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Hosted by Leila Cooper, the sessions provide a relaxed atmosphere, where you can sit around,
either on comfy settees or handy straw bales, whilst some of our finest singers and musicians perform right there in front of you.

Artists such as Chris Helme, Seafret, Merry Hell, Anna Shannon and Moore, Moss & Rutter have appeared as part of these sessions to name but a few.

Schedule (click on an artist to read more)



Yan Tan Tether

Female close harmony folk trio from Otley, West Yorkshire consisting of Rosie Knighton, Tess Leslie and Lynne O’Malley. Singing together since September 2013 they have built up a reputation for wonderful performances in local folk clubs and festivals around Yorkshire and beyond. Playing a host of instruments between them (piano, banjo, guitar, fiddle) but concentrating mostly on creating beautiful acapella arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs. Their voices blend beautifully, creating spine-tingling harmonies interspersed with some rollicking good chorus songs.

Brodie Milner


Anti singer-songwriter, focussing on an alternate guitar style, based around the acoustic genre. "intricate percussive looping guitar melodies under a powerful voice. Brodie's guitar skills are undeniable, his fluency around the fretboard a joy to behold…. he is definitely one to watch." Yorkshire Coast Gigs


Dogfinger Steve was guitarist with the Stiff kittens (1984-1988) with indie chart success and a radio 1 session. He has been around since 2010, you might have seen him at one of his other Moonbeams Sessions appearances, stomping out his own boutique brand of dirty swamp slide blues music on home grown cigar box guitars. Gigging constantly, the Dogfinger message is spreading.

Joshua Burnell

York-based artist who has shaken the world of Folk with his epic fantasy ballads and fiddle tunes, bolstered with the swirling distortion of Hammond Organ. Touring as either a folk trio or full seven-piece folk-rock band, Joshua & his band have set feet stomping at festivals and venues up and down the country. Combining the best from the worlds of prog and folk rock.

Rebekah Findlay

Music inspiration comes mainly from Rebekah's love of her native North East and the Hebrides in Scotland, its wilderness, people and its music scene. Playing her own and contemporary interpretations of both traditional and modern day songs Rebekah also performs live with her husband Lee Huck. Performing the traditional fiddle tunes she has been collecting over the years adding an extra dimension to her live performances... sure to get your feet tapping.

Jon Palmer Acoustic Band

High energy 6-piece Folk, roots and rock-n-roll combo based in-and-around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley. Best described as a cross between The Pogues and The Oyster Band, with a bit of The Waterboys and The Saw Doctors thrown in for good measure.



Dan Webster

Much acclaimed English singer-songwriter, influenced by sounds and story telling traditions of American and British Folk music (in its broadest sense), Americana and Rock and Roll. Webster just writes what he feels, in his words “it’s just about the music, there’s no plan when I’m writing, there doesn’t need to be, writing is about honesty, we connect with real experiences and real emotions in music”.

David Swann

Folk singer and songwriter from Pickering. David writes story and comic songs about the people and places of North Yorkshire as well as songs about love - lost & found. David accompanies himself on guitar and Ukelele and he always likes to get his audiences involved by getting them to sing the catchy choruses he writes.

Simon Snaize

A professional musician with twenty years experience as a performer, composer, singer-songwriter, producer, and session player. Winning at the New Mexico Music Awards in 2006, 2008 and 2013. He has played with other award winning artists such as Chris Helme (Seahorses), Fish (Marillion), Heather Findlay (Mostly Autumn). His band Van Der Neer features Stuart Fletcher (Seahorses, Happy Mondays) Carl Hetherington and Dave Hartley (Hijak Oscar).

Karin Grandal-Park & Karl Robins

Karin has been singing, writing songs and performing across the UK and Europe for some 30 years, primarily in Jazz/blues bands. In 2014 she fell in love with the diversity and honesty of the music that she heard at a small Folk Festival. Inspired, she picked up playing guitar again and started writing Folk songs based on personal experiences as well as reflections on today’s social issues. Karin has now teamed up with Karl Robins, originally from Leeds who has been playing music in the Acoustic Folk/ Folk Rock genre for many years. A songwriter since his late teens, Karl plays acoustic guitar, Puerto Rican Cuatro, sings melodies and harmonies.

Nick Hall

Probably best known as half of award-winning Plumhall and fast becoming one of the UK's finest singer-songwriter-guitarists. Performing onstage with Larry Campbell, Phil Beer, Ian McNabb and many more. As a session musician with Magna Carta, he has performed all over the world and pulled all these experiences into his haunting, powerful songs. With over 25 years on the road with his other band, The Hall Brothers, as well as his stage and TV acting work, Nick is a uniquely charismatic performer.

Tom Townsend

The embodiment of blues, jazz, pop and soul, all fused together in one magnetic indie package. Born and raised in Scarborough, Tom has entertained thousands over his 25 year career. A multi-instrumentalist who first picked up a guitar at the age of 10 after hearing Buddy Hollys’ ‘That’ll be the Day’, since then, Tom has become proficient in both guitar and drums, and has also turned his hand to piano, mandolin and bass amongst other things.


Banner Photo Credit: Allan Wilkinson Photography


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