The Festival would like to say thank you to the following joint Patrons for their continued support.
With a resume that reads folk singer and songwriter, poet and playwright, comedian and broadcaster, fell-walker and fly-fisherman; it’s hard to pigeon-hole Mike Harding.
Described by Billy Connolly as the “funniest man in England” and acknowledged as the Grandfather of Folk, Mike currently divides his time between his popular internet folk show, reading his poetry at Literary Festivals and writing a three-volume autobiography, all the while keeping a close eye on the UK folk scene.
John Godber is said to be the third most produced playwright in the English language. Less well known is the fact that he’s also a Patron of Beverley Folk Festival.
Locally, he’s best known as the acclaimed Artistic Director of Hull Truck Theatre, a role he occupied for over 25 years until he left 4 years ago to run his own production company.
His plays have won more awards than you could shake a stick at, and include Up ‘n’ Under, On the Piste and Bouncers; the latter having been performed at last year’s Beverley Folk Festival.