In 2010 a small group formed Barnsley Acoustic Roots to bring the best acoustic music from the UK and North America to Barnsley. Our annual festival takes places around the final weekend in March.
Previous festivals have included major artists such as Cara Dillon, The Demon Barbers Roadshow and Brass Monkey alongside newer artists Walsh and Pound, Toy Hearts and Carravik Sisters. From across the water we have had visits from Po Girl, Larkin Poe, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams and Little Miss Higgins.
The annual Seth Lakeman Rising Star Award is presented to a local performer, who receives the opportunity to perform on the main stage.
Our patrons are Kathryn Roberts and Dave Burland.