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Pipefest 2023 - Saturday 21st September 2024

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 Miranda Sykes, Gareth Bonello: The Gentle Good and Liz HanKS!

Fully Inclusive ticket £90.00  

Fully inclusive ticket for all sessions, lunch, afternoon cakes, 2 course hot evening meal and tea/coffee with all meals/cakes  

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

Further information from 07725 338675

Payment plans available : email: piperecords@icloud.com


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.

2024 kicked off with the release of a new “masterful and career defining” (Fatea UK) studio album, “This Is What I Want To Say” , along with a sell out UK tour, followed by shows in mainland Europe and North America..

Last year started with Martyn being part of BBC Radio 2’s “21st Century Folk “ project, with his song “Albert’s Place” and included appearances on BBC Breakfast TV, the Jeremy Vine and Ken Bruce shows on BBC Radio 2 along with Radio 4’s World at One.

He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.



Miranda started her career as a musician in 1996 at the age of 18, playing bass guitar in a country rock band. After 2 years touring and playing for line dancing in working mens clubs across Britain, folk-rock band Pressgang were looking for a bass player. Miranda spent the next 2 years touring internationally with them. After a few years of musical promiscuity playing with Firebrand, Little Johnny England, Robb Johnson, Bill Jones, Steafan Hannigan, Reg Meuross, Kirsty McGee, The Phil Beer Band, Martyn Joseph and The Scoville Units; Miranda depped for Pete Zorn in the 2004 Show Of Hands festival band line up. She worked with them for the next 20 years. Miranda also found time for a short tour and album with the Miranda Sykes Band in 2005, duo album tours with mandolin player Rex Preston and 2 solo albums. 2024 brings a second tour with Hannah Martin, a new Baring-Gould Centenary project with Jim Causley, summer festivals with vocal group Daphne’s Flight, a tour with The Phil Beer Trio and a new solo album and tour “Out Of The Woods”.



The Gentle Good has released several highly acclaimed records, notably Ruins/Adfeilion, which won the Welsh Music prize in 2017 and Y Bardd Anfarwol (The Immortal Bard) which won the Welsh Language Album of the Year award in 2014.

A captivating soloist, Gareth has performed all over the world, from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC to the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. In recent years he has become a highly regarded musical collaborator, having worked extensively with artists from China and India. He is a founder member of the Khasi-Cymru Collective with artists from the Khasi communities indigenous to Northeast India. Their debut album Sai-thaiñ ki Sur (the Weaving of Voices) examined the cultural impact and colonial legacy of a Welsh mission in Northeast India and received widespread critical acclaim upon its release in 2021.

The Gentle Good’s latest release is a stripped-back exploration of traditional Welsh folk song performed on acoustic guitar, cello and vocal. Titled Galargan (Welsh for ‘Lament’) the album took form during the dark days of the pandemic, allowing Gareth’s talents as a solo singer and guitarist to take centre stage. Released in September 2023, Galargan has received rave reviews, including a rare 5 stars from The Guardian where it was listed in the top 5 folk albums of 2023.



Known to Martyn's audience for her stunning performances on his "This Is What I Want To Say" album, Liz Hanks is a cellist, composer and collaborator based in Sheffield. Long-standing cellist with Richard Hawley and Thea Gilmore, Liz has been influenced and shaped by a varied career, recording and touring with artists including Liam Gallagher, Self Esteem, Pulp, sitarist Jasdeep Singh Degun (Real World Records) and in the folk world with Cara Dillon, Martin Simpson and recently recording on Martyn Joseph’s album ’This is What I Want to Say’.   She is in demand as a session musician and has recorded on many soundtracks for Disney+, Netflix, Channel 4 and the BBC.

Her debut solo album 'Land' (Hudson Records) draws on her influences throughout her career; minimalism, folk, Indian classical music and improvisation. Based on the local and natural history of her neighbourhood in Sheffield, the album uses cello and field recordings to explore both the loss of nature in the urban environment and forgotten natural worlds. Having received plays on BBC Radio 3’s Unclassified, Late Junction and Breakfast shows and The Folk Show on BBC Radio 2, the album has been described as ‘stunning’ by Elizabeth Alker, ‘really intriguing’ by Mark Radcliffe and as ‘an immersive album of depth and subtlety’ by Folk Radio  UK.  




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 PIPE24 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