For the past twelve years, The Singing Farmers have performed sold out concerts in the north east to raise funds for R.A.B.I. They have recently announced that their forthcoming tour in May will sadly be their farewell tour, a decision which they have not taken lightly.
“We know the demand is still there, but the time has come for us to go out on a high,” said singer, guitarist and organiser, Chris Berry.
“The Farewell Tour will feature five dates right across Yorkshire and into Durham and this will hopefully give everyone the opportunity to see The Singing Farmers for the last time.
“It’s been a great run and we’ve played for so many wonderful people as well as raising funds for a great cause but while I hope we will all still be performing in future this will be our last tour together.”
The Singing Farmers concerts first took place in 2004 when Chris put together the line-up that has remained the same to this day.
“It turned out far bigger than any of us ever envisaged. When I first came up with the idea it was only meant to be for four concerts that year. We will have played 52 concerts in all and raised what we understand to be well in excess of £100,000. It has been a very real pleasure to perform alongside the others and I think in our own small way we have brought something special to our audiences.”
The Singing Farmers troupe is made up of six performers: Tony Richards of Egton Banks Farm, Glaisdale; Ken Jackson of Forlorn Hope Farm, Stubbs Walden; Charles Marwood of Foulrice, Whenby; Lloyd Lockwood of Whenby; Phillip Holden of Spennithorne; and Chris Berry of Scholes, near Leeds. The mix of music includes country, folk, songs from the shows and popular music largely from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
Sally Conner, R.A.B.I regional manager for the north east, believes the concerts will be sadly missed but feels that the pleasure they have given will last for a long time in the memory of the rural community.
“They are all such wonderful people and they have given so much not just for the charity’s work but also to everyone who has come along to see them. Their enthusiasm and dedication has enabled us to raise the profile of the charity while also giving everyone a good time. Their concerts are a real joy and all I can say is that everyone should make that extra special effort to come along and see The Singing Farmers for the very last time.”
The Singing Farmers Farewell Tour Dates
Friday 6 May at 19:30 – Teesdale School, Barnard Castle
Sunday 8 May at 14:30 – The Mart Theatre, Skipton SOLD OUT
Sunday 15 May at 14:30 – The Milton Rooms, Malton SOLD OUT
Friday 20 May at 19:30 – The Forum, Northallerton SOLD OUT
Sunday 22 May at 14:30 – Riley Smith Hall, Tadcaster
To book your tickets at £14 each, please send a cheque made payable to R.A.B.I and a stamped addressed envelope to: The Singing Farmers Farewell Tour Tickets, 2 Elmete Croft, Scholes, Leeds LS15 4BE. Please also indicate which of the concerts you would like to attend.