Welcome to Music on the Marr, the world's finest small music festival. You should be able to find everything you need here to be able to work out what the festival's all about, why it's brilliant and where it's at. There's also information about who's on (which is being constantly updated), where you can stay and how much it all costs. Please do contact us if you have any further questions - we want you to come and we want you to have a brilliant time.
As Patron of this wonderful Festival it is my pleasure to welcome you all here to Castle Carrock for this weekend of Music, Dance and Song. The village really comes alive with people arriving from far and wide in the UK and indeed, from many other parts of the world. The music you will hear this year will include artists from Canada, the USA, Africa, [the Congo] England, Scotland and Wales – that’s quite a line-up for this small village tucked away in Cumbria. Castle Carrock becomes a truly cosmopolitan culture but with a difference – it retains its friendliness and the intimacy of its village where friendships thrive. When I was invited to be Patron of the Festival we were a little unsure of where we would be in a few years time? We now know. We are indeed confident that what we offer is great music from around the world in an atmosphere of mutual support and generosity of spirit. So come on in and join us singing in the chorus and even dancing the night away. It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I welcome you all. I’m confident you’ll have a great time, hear some wonderful performers and if you are with a family, your children will be safe and they will likely insist you come back next year. As we all do! See you in July.
Profesor Roy Bailey MBE
Music on the Marr 2016
Enter your MOM themed photos for your chance to win great prizes! Photos will be taken in digital format straight from your camera or memory pen throughout the festival (so you don't need access to a printer). Enter at the Scrumptious Sweets Stall throughout the festival until 4pm Sunday. Winners will be announced around 5pm. Prizes by Andrew Cheal Photography and Off the Wall Cafe – Judged by Tricia Meynell.
Entry fee and categories are:
1st: Photo Shoot with Andrew Cheal Photography
2nd: Drink and a cake for 2 at Off the Wall
3rd: A 2017 Calendar of Carlisle and the surrounding area
3rd: £2 voucher for Scrumptious Sweets Stall
Music on the Marr 2016 is already looking fantastic, with the Lindisfarne Story Band, Whapweasel, Calan and Kasai Masai already on the slipway. More details here:
Hadrian Clog, the Hexham Morris Men, magicians and Professor Jigget the fairy hunter and storyteller will appear over the weekend at times to be announced
Various workshops to be announced
“The small festival that punches well above its weight.”
Katie Spicer EFDSS
“It has a distinctive spirit which you could bottle.”
Tony Hendry. The Living Tradition
All this takes place in the heart of Castle Carrock: “an absurdly charming Cumbrian village” at the foot of the Pennine Chain.
We would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors, without them there would be no festival.