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Pipefest 2023 - Saturday 23rd September 2023

Barker House Farm, Cartmel College, Lancaster University,  LA2 0LT
Doors open 10.30am
Start 11am
Finish approx 11pm

Our 15th event with Martyn Joseph and his guests Bob Harris OBE, Ellis Paul and Lady Nade and Holly Carter.

Fully Inclusive ticket £77.00  

Fully inclusive ticket for all sessions, buffet lunch, afternoon cakes, hot evening meal and tea/coffee with all meals  

(Online tickets subject to £3 booking fee to cover PayPal charges)

Further information from 07725 338675


Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.

2018 saw him honoured with a ”Spirit of Folk” Award by Folk Alliance International in Kansas USA and he also received Fatea magazine’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” here in the UK, and in January 2019, he released his critically acclaimed album Here Come The Young, of which Uncut magazine said “He’s never sounded more potent than he does here”



Whispering” Bob Harris, OBE has been at the very heart of UK music scene for the best part of fifty years. He has established a worldwide reputation as one of the most trusted and influential broadcasters of his generation – described by Radio Times as “…one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting” and by The Mail On Sunday as “a national treasure”.

“Bob Harris is a straight-up legend” Chris Martin / Coldplay

Few people have taken as many bands into mainstream consciousness as Bob Harris – from his groundbreaking work in 1970s on BBC Radio 1 and the legendary Old Grey Whistle Test TV shows to his current programme Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2.

His guiding principle is the pursuit of excellence – reflected in the passion of his broadcasting and his devotion to the best music. He is a trusted guide and mentor to millions who have music at the centre of their lives. When Bob gives his support to an artist, people listen.

His tireless promotion of emerging and cutting-edge music has been second to none across a career that has seen him acknowledged by a series of international awards. In 2011, Bob received an OBE for his services to music broadcasting. He has twice been named International Music Broadcaster of the Year by Country Music Association – who also awarded him the prestigious Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award in 2012. He is a fellow of University of Northampton, has received a UK Heritage Award, a Mojo Medal and was inducted into UK Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.

But, broadcasting is not the only string to Bob’s bow. He is also a respected and successful writer. He co-founded Time Out magazine in 1968 and currently has his own column in Maverick Magazine. In 2015, he published the second edition of his autobiography Still Whispering After All These Years which spent more than two months at the top of Amazon Music Book Chart.

Bob and his son Miles run the multi award-winning Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company – an independent boutique production house. WBBC curates and captures beautiful Under The Apple Tree Sessions in Bob’s own Apple Tree Studio – highlighting the best emerging talent from UK, US and beyond. The team have additionally made innovative programmes for BBC Four and SkyArts – including Bob Harris: My Nashville and the Back To…TV series and won two Sony Radio Awards for the radio documentaries The Day John Met Paul and The Sandy Denny Story both broadcast on BBC Radio 2.

As a familiar voice across the airwaves for half a century he is reassuringly knowledgeable and totally unique. He has enjoyed an incredibly prolific five-decade career (so far) and is as passionate about music today as he was as a small boy – hosting listening parties in parents’ basement.

“He champions the unknown, the obscure and legendary with equal zest and detail. He has stayed the distance, the good times and the others with character and resilience, always digging deep and deeper”

Robert Plant



Ellis Paul doesn’t just write songs; he’s a guitar-carrying reporter who covers the human condition and details the hopes, loves, losses of those he observes, turning their stories into luminous pieces of music that get under your skin and into your bloodstream. And much like the artists who have influenced him, everyone from Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to the singer-songwriter who is undoubtedly his greatest inspiration, Woody Guthrie, Paul weaves deeply personal experiences with social issues and renders them as provocative works that are as timely as they are timeless. Born and raised in Maine, Paul attended Boston College on a track scholarship and in the evenings became a fixture on the city’s open mic circuit. After winning a Boston Acoustic Underground songwriter competition, he caught the ear of folk luminary Bill Morrissey, who produced his indie album Say Something in 1993. This led to a seven-album contract with Rounder Records and the 1994 album, Stories.

His songs have appeared in several blockbuster films (Me, Myself, and Irene; Shallow Hal, Hall Pass) and have been covered by award winning country artists (Sugarland, Kristian Bush, Jack Ingram). Through a steady succession of albums of his own – a remarkable 23 releases so far – and a constant touring presence around the world, Paul’s audience has grown into a loyal legion of fans. Along the way, he has picked up an impressive number of awards including the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award, 15 Boston Music Awards, An Honorary Doctorate from the University of Maine, the 2019 International Acoustic Music Awards Artist of the Year and most recently his album, The Storyteller’s Suitcase, was named the 2019 NERFA Album of the Year.

His new album “55” touches on the necessity of gratitude in a difficult era of the pandemic and divided political stances on his own imprint, Rosella Records.



Lady Nade is continuing her rise as a multi-award winning eclectic Folk and Americana singer-songwriter Gaining plaudits on Ralph McLean, Northern Ireland & BBC Radio Ulster, Radio 4 Clive Anderson -Loose Ends ,Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2 and 6 Cerys Matthews BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6.

Her third album ‘Willing’ entered both the official Folk and Americana charts on its release. With the title track Single winning ‘UK song of the Year’ in the 2022 UK Americana Awards.

Her songs carry messages of love, loss, hope, relationships, friendships and the positive connection between music, well-being, mental health and community. She pours creativity into every song, often lavishing them with a recipe to match.

Named one of Bristol's most influential women she creates a communal experience that everyone can enter into on their own terms, performing in venues across her native city of Bristol, her work developed into a calling to connect with her fans on a deeper level and help lead them through life’s complicated tapestry with the healing power of music.

Her career so far spans out across three albums, reaching the hearts of so many, including publications: Folk Radio, Americana UK, Black Ballad UK, Maverick, RNR The Guardian and Holler.

Her performances are like a reunion. Share a room with her, and she'll give you her story. All of it. The joys and sorrows. You will love her for it, and she will love you back  


Holly Carter is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Bristol. At 28 years old, she has already established a reputation as one of Bristol's leading finger style guitarists and one of the UK's only professional female pedal steel players. Through a decade of live performance and session work, Holly has not only developed an undeniable technical ability on the guitar and pedal steel but is also held in high esteem as a tasteful and sensitive session player.  

In addition to her extensive experience playing with artists such as Bristol based Americana songstress Lady Nade and award-winning songwriter and slide guitarist Martin Harley, Holly is a gifted songwriter and solo performer. Drawing inspiration from a varied musical upbringing steeped in the likes of Gillian Welch, Paul Simon and The Manic Street Preachers, her songs weave joyously catchy melodies with lyrics that pay homage to a diverse collection of musical and personal heroes.



The University has agreed to hold a block of good quality rooms for us, but this year, they are only able to hold these particular rooms UNTIL MID AUGUST, So if you do plan on booking accommodation, please do so in plenty of time. I will send out a reminder nearer the time, but if you want to be sure of good accommodation, please do book early.
If you wish to book, you need to give them a call on 01524 592899 and quote reference number PIPE23 or  

 via the website link below and quote PIPE23 in the Promo box.

Booking - Lancaster Conferences (lancs.ac.uk)

as the rooms aren’t available through their regular accommodation website.


As in previous years, there will be a Friday evening pre PipeFest gathering on campus for those who are travelling to Lancaster the day before the event...and full details of this will be announced nearer the time.


If you need any further info about the event or have any questions, just call us at the MJ office on 07725 338675