Settle Folk Gathering 2020

Thursday 3rd September – Sunday 6th September

The 2020 Settle Folk Gathering is beginning to take shape and artists who will be performing include:

Track Dogs, Sherburn Bartley Sanders, Will Pound and Eddie Jay, Alice Jones, Brothers Gillespie, Daria Kulesh, Mic and Susie Darling with more to be confirmed.

 In the meantime here is an event you won’t want to miss if you are anywhere near Settle in February.

Mike Harding will be doing a one-off reading of poems from Cosmos Mariner at The Joinery, Settle on Friday Feb. 14th. It’s a great little arts venue, only seating 40 so tickets are limited. £10 including £5 off the cost of the book. Tickets available from The Wholesome Bee, Settle.

Here’s one of the poems…

The Curve of Love

Stopped at the lights I watch the people cross –
A small town, summer morning, cloudless, hot.
Shopping trolleys, noses in iPhones, fast fingers text;
Overalls, short skirts, handbags, nice legs and next
A blind man with a stick. Then, last of all,
A dark-haired father comes bearing a small,
Blond child, a cloud of curls laid on his shoulder
Copper smouldering in the sun, red-gold.
Her arms slack down, her tiny bum
Safe saddled on his strong left arm,
And, light against her sleeping back,
His right hand keeping her from harm.
Were I a sculptor I could have caught it all:
That universal curve of love,
The little tummy snuggled in,
The fire-brass coils on his dark shirt;
That moment all of love was there,
Love shielding her from hurt.
Were I a painter I could then, with just
One stroke of my full-loaded brush,
Freehand, unrushed, perhaps
Have captured that most lovely line of arm
And child, that sleeping, trusting, wobbly head.
No chisel or paints, or skill with them,
I will make do instead with words.
For in that subtle, tender arc,
That shoulder and those curls –
The slow waltz of the stars,
The breath of all the worlds.


We would like to say a very big THANK YOU to all those listed below who so generously donated raffle prizes for the 2019 Gathering. The money raised by the raffles plays a significant part in helping to make the Settle Folk Gathering possible.

Rebecca Farrington, Forage and Feast, Diane Allen, Allan Evans, Settle Co-op, Lay of the Land, Cottontail Crafts, A2Hair, Settle Coal, Settle Swimming Pool, Nelson’s Footwear, Broadrake Bunkbarn, Graeme Douglas, Lambert’s, Matteo’s Italian Restaurant, Rachel Benson, Warren and Wright Jewellers, Dugdales, Castelberg Outdoors, Wholesome Bee, Field to Home, Gladrags, Practically Everything, Matt Cooper at The Royal Oak.

We welcome your feedback to enable us to improve the Gathering and it would be helpful if you could complete a short questionnaire by clicking on the button below.

As the Gathering is a FREE event we always welcome donations to help us bring the best of the folk world to Settle. If you would like to donate please click the button below.

Don’t forget that The Settle Folk Gathering CD “From the Lion’s Den” is still available to purchase. All proceeds go to funding the Gathering. Click HERE to go to the CD page!

We would like to extend our thanks to the local organisations which have kindly sponsored this year’s event.

This project was part funded by Stories in Stone, a scheme of conservation and community projects concentrated on the Ingleborough area. The scheme was developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust, and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

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