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Music on the Coast

Whitby Folk Week Credit Tony Bartholomew Whitby Folk Week Credit Tony Bartholomew

From sea shanties to folk, and rhythm & blues to world music, the North York Moors coast has it covered. Venues are relaxed and low-key affairs, offering a range of acts to tantalise your taste buds. Why not stay longer, make your way down the coastline and sample some of these musical delights on your travels.

Saltburn

Positioned overlooking the sea, set in comfy surroundings, The Spa Hotel hosts an array of acts as part of their Live by the Sea programme. Some well-known bands have played here, including China Crisis and Mark Morriss from The Bluetones.

You’ll find other genres in Saltburn too. For folk music, the Cutty Wren Folk Club runs evening sessions from a range of venues, and organises the local Folk Festival every August. Meanwhile blues can be found at the Saltburn Blues Club who arrange monthly sessions. Look out for the Howzat Festival a local blues festival in the autumn.

Staithes

Staithes offers a rich artistic tapestry in its Festival of Arts & Heritage in early September. Not only does it feature exhibitions from over 150 artists, it includes lots of music too in pop up venues around the village.

Port Mulgrave & Hinderwell

For folk in a cosy atmosphere, head to The Ship Inn Tea Rooms at Port Mulgrave. Once a month you can listen to traditional folk while supping a cup of tea. To find out more details, this former inn can be contacted at weekends: 01947 840 303.

In Hinderwell, stop off at the The Runcible Spoon.This café-come-deli serves locally-produced, homemade food at their ‘Pot Luck’ music evening once a month from April through to October.

Mickleby

Located 2½ miles from Runswick Bay, The White Hart Inn in Mickleby accommodates the local folk club on Saturday evenings. You’ll find live music most weeks, but be prepared for a sing-a-round – in other words audience participation!

Whitby

Gothic rock is at home here given its associations with Dracula. Now a popular festival, goth's flock twice a year to Whitby Goth Festival, which takes place during autumn and spring.

Musicport

If blues is your thing, The Endeavour holds a music evening on Tuesdays. And don’t forget the Whitby Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival in October.

For World Music, visit the annual Musicport Festival in October. Keep your eyes open for other smaller events advertised on their website and Whitby Pavilion’s listings for other types of music throughout the year.   

You’ll find Sea Shanties galore, traditional folk dancers and music at Whitby Folk Week every August. Held in numerous locations, this event is not one to be missed. Further folk music can be enjoyed at Whitby Folk Club and at other local venues.

Robin Hood’s Bay

Folk music abounds in Robin Hood’s Bay. Ye Dolphin Inn facilitates a folk club most Friday evenings. You can also find this genre at Tea, Toast and Post plus so much more!  

Don’t miss the annual Folk Weekend in the summer. This free festival is packed full with music sessions, traditional dance and singarounds at numerous locations. 

In winter, Normafest is a must for folk aficionados, a celebration of Norma Waterson MBE – one of the original members of The Watersons, a renowned English traditional folk group. The festival headlines folk bands such as Dervish and other traditional acts play at various venues in Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby. More information can be found on Musicport’s website.

Hayburn Wyke, near Cloughton

Set in a beautiful wooded cleft close to a waterfall, Hayburn Wyke Inn provides a traditional country pub atmosphere to listen to music. For further information on their music nights, contact the pub directly.

See Discover Yorkshire Coast for more music events in Scarborough, Filey, Whitby and along the coast.

Music on the move

Fancy listening to music and supping a pint while being gently transported through stunning scenery? Look no further! Esk Valley Railway’s Music and Ale train is back. Look at their website for further details.