There was talk that this year’s tenth anniversary of The Singing Farmers Concerts were to be the last, but demand has been such that an eleventh year has now been planned for 2014 and tickets are on sale now.
“You could say we’re getting closer to the last series of concerts with this tour, than we were in March,” said rural journalist and Singing Farmers instigator Chris Berry.
“We had people pleading with us to carry on so we’re delighted to be back on the road and pleased to announce that we are playing at three venues new to us in Pickering, Masham and Easingwold, as well as an old favourite in Tadcaster where we have not played for four years.”
Since they started The Singing Farmers have raised over £100,000 for the charity organisation the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.
Sally Conner is the regional organiser for the RABI said: “I honestly thought that was it after this year’s concerts but they never cease to amaze me. Chris, Tony, Charles, Ken, Phillip and Lloyd have created something that is really quite magical in bringing everyone in the farming community together. Each show is a social event and I’m sure the tickets will be snapped up very quickly as they always are. I’d advise anyone to book as soon as possible otherwise you might be disappointed.”
For those who have never attended a concert each show is made up of individual performances by all five singers. Ken Jackson, renowned cattle showman from near Doncaster, sings classic hit songs largely from the 50s and 60s; Tony Richards, North York Moors sheep farmer from Glaisdale, plays country music including Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jim Reeves; Charles Marwood, sheep breeder, showman and judge from near Sheriff Hutton sings songs from the shows; Phillip Holden, farm supplies shop owner in Wensleydale and Swaledale provides great humour and Geordie folk songs; and Chris Berry sings songs from the 70s. Lloyd Lockwood plays keyboard with Charles, Phillip and Chris.
“One thing I would say though,” said Sally. “Bring a cushion, because you certainly get good old-fashioned Yorkshire value for money when you attend a Singing Farmers Concert. It lasts three and a half hours”.
The Singing Farmers Concert Tour 2014: Sunday 16 March (2.30pm) – Kirk Theatre, Pickering; Sunday 23 March (2.30pm) – Town Hall, Masham; Friday 28 March (7.30pm) – Galtres Centre, Easingwold; Sunday 30 March (2.30pm) – Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster.
Tickets £13 should be made payable to RABI and sent with a stamped addressed envelope, along with the venue required to: THE SINGING FARMERS, 2 Elmete Croft, Scholes, Leeds LS15 4BE.