Every year on the third weekend of January, we hold our annual showcase of live music talent- Stone House Midwinter Sessions. Across the weekend (Friday & Saturday nights) we welcome eight fantastic acts, all showcasing some Britain’s finest songwriting talent- and all handpicked by us! All for £175!
Looking ahead to 2018, Stone House Midwinter Sessions will return once again for it’s fourth year to offer an excellent weekend of live music. In 2017 the event sold out quickly, and a fantastic weekend was had by both guests and artists alike.
The focus of these sessions is very much on a relaxed atmosphere with local food, refreshing drinks, good company and fantastic music. We have aimed to focus primarily on acoustic musicians from around the North of England and on artists that are writers of original music. You will be lucky enough to hear their own compositions as well as a few covers along the way!
A stand will be set up during the event containing CDs and other merchandise from the weekend’s performers. Be sure to bring some spare change so that you can take the evening’s music home with you!
We hope you can join us for the 2018 event on 19th & 20th January! Our musical line up for 2018 is not yet confirmed but to give you a taste of what’s on offer why not take a look at our 2017 artists and, as always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding Stone House Midwinter Sessions.
Following on from their brilliant performance at last year's Stone House Midwinter Sessions, local band The Moonbeams return once again for the 2017 event. The Moonbeams make music rooted deep in the countryside, willingly tied to the landscape, alert to the changing seasons and sensitive to the creatures that share the environment with our complicated human hearts. Music that evokes the beauty of the landscape and lifestyle of the people. Music to listen to while dreaming and reflecting on the better things in life. They released our first album, ‘Sparrowhawk’s Eye in 2012, and their second album ‘Watching Wildlife’ was released in early 2015 and has been chosen to be added to a list of the Telegraph’s top folk albums of the year!
The first artist to be officially confirmed for Stone House Midwinter Sessions 2017- "Crossover". This folky acoustic duo from Darlington blend the warm, husky tones of Dave Brittle with the folky, melodic notes of Marie Marx. Expect beautiful harmonies, lyrics to make you dream and almost certainly a few laughs along the way! We can't wait to welcome Crossover to Stone House Hotel!!
Formerly known as Churchland, these two extremely talented lads from Edinburgh have previously graced the stage at Stone House Midwinter Sessions, and we are absolutely thrilled to be able to welcome them back! Brothers Murray and Sandy have been compared to the likes of Hudson Taylor and The Everly Brothers due to their beautiful harmonies and passionate performance. We discovered them in a live music bar in Perth a couple of years ago and have been fans ever since. They're a good laugh as well!
Once again, the Yorkshire Dales singer/songwriter/guitarist and founder of Stone House Midwinter Sessions returns in 2017 to open the event, welcome the crowd and help everyone get settled in! It's been a fairly quiet year for Josh Westwood having spent a good chunk of it changing career, but he is ready to get back out on the road in 2017 with dates to be announced soon.
Previously Josh has kept a busy schedule with plenty of shows across the UK, regular busking and airtime on BBC Introducing to his name. He is very much looking forward to hosting the 3rd annual Midwinter Sessions at Stone House Hotel and to getting back on stage much more regularly in 2017! Find out more about Josh over at his website...
This year we welcome the fabulous Meghann Clancy to Stone House Midwinter Sessions for the first time. Meghann is a singer, songwriter and instrumentalist with an incredible voice, who was quite rightly described by the Yorkshire Times as “a striking singer/songwriter, whose open approach to lyrics often leaves a listener breathless". She has received airplay on BBC Radio 6 music with her song "So What Now", and is no stranger to gigging in the North of England. We are very much looking forward to hearing Meghann here at Stone House Hotel!
As one of the hardest working musicians in Britain, Joe has played in pretty much every corner of the UK, and has also had several stints in Europe. In August 2014, Joe played a show in support of Frank Turner in the town of Barnsley, UK, after being asked personally by Frank himself to open up the show. He then received a great live review in Kerrang! Magazine, referring back to the show. Joe toured outside of the UK for the first time in May 2015, supporting German singer John Allen on a 10-date tour of Germany. Joe played at our very first Midwinter Sessions back in 2015 and put on a fantastic show. Since then he has continued touring almost constantly, and fitted in shows alongside the likes of Emily Barker along the way. His lyrics will leave you captivated and his energetic stage presence almost makes you forget that he is alone up there! Joe is always welcome at Stone House, and we are thrilled to be able to have him back in January 2017.
Samantha Durnan is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the North-East who has been on a musical adventure of late, already supporting the likes of Ed Sheeran, Beverly Knight and The Hoosiers. Writing music from a young age, her influences come from the new and classic alternative sounds of Stevie Nicks, KT Tunstall and Michelle Branch.
Samantha has had airplay on both BBC Radio 1 and BBC Introducing across the UK. Performing to music fans around the globe in places likes Dubai and America, she is ready to expand on her loyal UK fan base that she gained on last years Coffee House Tour. We have been hoping to book Samantha for Stone House Midwinter Sessions for some time now, and are extremely excited to have her perform for us this year!
Energetic passionate and influenced by a wide range of music with folk at the core, The Gentleman Busker (aka Chris Willis) is an English/Scottish folk/rock singer-songwriter from Morpeth, Northumberland. Initially a drummer in various bands with a yearning to learn other instruments, Willis adopted the guitar and changed musical direction though still keeps the fire of drumming alive through energetic emotional performances. His unique stage appearance of 'gentlemanly attire' and waxed moustache add an extra unforgettable dimension to an already brilliant live performance. We look forward to welcoming him to Stone House Hotel!