Music on the Marr

Music on the Marr 2015 was a great success - read more about it in the News and Star. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did and we look forward to seeing you all next year on the 21-24 July. - The Music on the Marr Team.


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. We've taken the decision to hold prices for 2015 to help with one of our core ambitions, namely accessibility. Please do contact us if you have any further questions - we want you to come and we want you to have a brilliant time.

Message From Our Patron

Roy Bailey

WELCOME. I must declare at the beginning how proud and pleased I am to be Patron of Music on the Marr. I have always been full of admiration of the programming of the Festival. The music you will hear and the performers you'll discover this weekend will, I'm sure, endear you to this wonderful Festival and you'll be back for many years to come. For a relatively "small" festival it certainly has "BIG" ideas.  This year is no exception with music from England, Scotland and Wales from, Canada and India, to thrill you and entertain you. You will be able to dance, listen and sing your way through the weekend. I wish you well and look forward to meeting many of you. It is a relatively small site so as a first time visitor you'll meet many people and make new friends. If you've been before you will hopefully, strengthen the friendships you made in previous years. I am confident we'll meet again and I'm able to offer you the welcome I wholeheartedly do this year.  Please.... have a great time and tell your friends if they missed it this year to make a note in their (and your) diary for 2016.


Roy Bailey

Not for Profit

Not for Profit
Music on the Marr is a not for profit festival - if we make any money, it will be ploughed back into 2016's festival.

Please also consider donating - it is your support that helps keep this festival going.

Line Up


Music on the Marr 2015 has quite the line-up, it features Le Vent du Nord, Nizlopi, Zoë Bestal, Skipinnish, Merry Hell, our festival patron Roy Bailey and of cause many many more talented musicians and entertainers from around the world.

Hadrian Clog, Carlisle Sward and Clog, Hexham Morris Men and Hexhamshire Lassies will appear over the weekend at times to be announced

Various workshops to be announced

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Cumbria’s Most Friendly Musical Event

“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

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All this takes place in the heart of Castle Carrock: “an absurdly charming Cumbrian village” at the foot of the Pennine Chain.

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Our 2015 Sponsors

We would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors, without them there would be no festival.

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July 21st-24th 2016