AFTER receiving more than 100 applications from acts across Britain, York’s Little Festival of Live Music is putting together an Acoustic and Folk Mini-Fest for springtime.

The six-and-a-half-hour event will take place at the Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green, on March 31, from 2.30pm to 9pm, curated by Ellen Cole, who says: "This year’s mini-fest will be offering a wide range of acoustic and folk talent both from York and further afield, bringing together some of the finest established acts and new talent to give audiences an exciting musical experience.

"I was overwhelmed with the numbers applying to be part of our mini-fest and I'm gutted that I couldn’t offer everyone a slot; the standard was really high. The Black Swan Inn is one of our favourite venues to host live music events at - it's become our second home - as it gives our audiences the opportunity to enjoy an up-close musical experience.

"Our mini-fest will offer a wide range of musical themes from traditional tunes to country and even a spot of modern folk music, so there'll be something for everyone to enjoy. Entry is free, but there's a suggested donation of £5, which will go to The Island Mentoring Scheme in support of vulnerable children and young people living in York."

Next month's mini-fest will feature rising young performer Scarlett Gordon; gypsy-Celtic group Leather’o; traditional folk musician and multi-instrumentalist Toni Bunnell, and Bruni, a Scandinavian folk, Norse and Celtic band who dress up in Viking-style wear.

Taking part too will be York singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist David Ward Maclean; Plumhall’s Nick Hall, performing a rare solo set, and folk-Americana voice of an angel Edwina Hayes, the mini-fest headliner from the East Riding.

"The line-up is phenomenal and I cannot wait to see what our audiences think," says Ellen. "This year’s six-and-a-half-hour event should not be missed; it’s going to be such a treat."

Doors will open at 2.15pm. For more information, go to, follow on Twitter @live_music_fest or email