Maddy Prior's Stepping Stones festival


Choosing to hold a Music Festival for over 600 people in one of the least
populated parts of England may sound unwise but that is exactly what is going
to happen during the early May Bank Holiday week-end on 5/6th May 2012 in the
Brampton Community Centre. The Stepping Stones Festival is the brainchild of
Maddy Prior, whose career spans over 40 years of singing and touring with well
known bands such as Steeleye Span and The Carnival Band.

In between hectic tours Maddy runs singing and musical classes in a converted
Barn at her home near Bewcastle and the Festival is her way of celebrating 10
years of courses at Stones Barn. Maddy commented, “I am as passionate about
supporting local communities as I am about making music and the Festival will
be the perfect way to attract Festival goers to this immensely beautiful but rarely
visited corner of NE Cumbria, as well as help stimulate the local economy.”

“Through my extensive contacts in the world of Folk music I have secured the
talents of some well known names: Spiers and Bowden, The Carnival Band,
Coop Boyes and Simpson, The New Rope String Band, Keith Donnelly and many
more. We will be running 4 major concerts over 2 days and are also engaging
the best local artists to be supporting acts. We will also be running an ‘Open
Mike’ stage during each day.

There will be plenty at the Festival to entertain both young and old such as
traditional arts and craft demonstrations and concession stalls, a meditation
room, street theatre acts, story-telling sessions, a huge graffiti wall and a
children’s activities area. Bewcastle Primary School, The Brampton Community
Orchestra and Nicola Ivinson’s Dance Group will all be performing over the
week-end and local people are also presenting my musical play on the Sunday
afternoon about a swash-buckling Riever called Hobie Noble.”

Entrance to the site is £2 for non-ticket holders. Week-end tickets are priced at
£65 with children under 12 and all camping free. Details of the day ticket options
and single concert bookings are on the Festival website. Hopefully this will be
the first of many such Festivals over the coming years so like Glastonbury those
attending in 2012 will be able to tell their grandchildren, “I was in Brampton in
2012 when Stepping Stones started!”