The Country Cantina is an absolutely unique event. Not far from main A19 road but nicely out the way. The Barn in Easington is situated on a 30-acre farm on the edge of the beautiful and wild Hawthorn Dene on the Durham coast.
We have on offer Country, Bluegrass, Cajun, Soul. Singer -Songwriters, Rockabilly, Rock N Roll. Klezmer, Geordie swing and obscure quirky Americana covers…. The finest music found almost anywhere.
Campfire session, local food & drink. A shellac records listening party & a Midnight surprise celebration on Saturday night…. In one of the prettiest & most tranquil of locations (as seen on Robson Green’s recent TV programme). People tell us it’s a little oasis in Co Durham.
This is a small event (limited in capacity) However, If we can get enough names we will be putting a mini bus on Saturday from a central Gateshead pick up (Civic Centre ) to the farm & back. Pick up midday, return/ farm pick up 11pm. Price bus tix’s appx £13-15 return pp. You will need to buy your weekend tickets separately. We’d look at a Friday mini bus too, if enough interest. Let us know…
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Here’s some feedback from two of the Cantina artists who played in 2022
Humbird/ Luke Callen -To Graham, and all the dream team folks behind the Country Cantina. We have played a lot of music in a lot of places on this winding path. Both our sets in the old barn & afterwards an evening around the fire with you all, was the immense gift, and a memory that lingers with warmth and debauchery in all the best ways. What a thing you’ve all made, and what a thing to share. BIG LOVE. H & L
The Cajun Aces- This is Steve Doolan from The Cajun Aces. Just wanted to say a huge thank you for having us last night. Quite simply one of the nicest gigs I’ve ever done in nearly 40 years of playing guitar to other people. I bloody loved it and I know the other two did. I will always have a special place in my heart & soul for this one gig.
There’s only a weekend ticket avail at one price £40.00. We have tried to keep it as low as possible. As always its no dogs allowed (as its a working farm) & as its such a small event , we are making it an 18 years and overs event this time.
All artists info below :
John Miller’s Country Casuals – Good old, foot tapping & toe healing real classic Honky Tonkin music direct from Country music’s capital, Glasgow Scotland.
Big Red & The Grinners– Playing wild & diverse cover tunes in a hot & zany Bluegrass style, just doesn’t do this 5-piece troupe justice. They are one of the most popular bands in the region (& for good reason) & a local treasure.
Blue Lass (Bluegrass band)– Putting the lass into Bluegrass, the all-new female band playing that prairie music.
Simeon Hammond Dallas – She’s a favourite of Robert Plant & a favourite of ours too. This Camden Town born singer-songwriter fuses Country, a little Blues, and a big dollop of Soul to create her very own blend of Americana music.
Vee Jay Specials (Cajun band) – Led by fiddle maestro Jock Tyldesley (Old Rope String Band/Flatville Aces) this four – piece Cajun band make their first visit up north.
Good Guy Hank – From the harmonious Heartlands of Scotland and the musical metropolis of Melbourne, Australia, Good Guy Hank bring all of the heartbreak, joy and everything in-between of authentic Bluegrass & old style Country music.
Vera Van Heeringen – A consummate flat -picking guitarist, highly acclaimed by her contemporaries, Vera also writes awesome songs, firmly rooted in the transatlantic tradition.
Our Man In The Field – Sweet & real folk – country songs from Alex Ellis & chums. Think Ray LaMontagne meets Foy Vance, if raised in Saltburn, Teesside.
Miss Mary & Her Mr Rights– Some good old – fashioned vintage Rock’n’Roll and RnB from the crooning Miss Mary & her red-hot band of musician’s The Mr Rights.
Shipcote & Friends– Take your cowboy boots off & put your slippers on & relax to the easy going self -penned tunes of this acclaimed troupe.
Nev Clay – Our favourite songster, this eligible bachelor will charm everybody & anybody on the farm with his whimsical & highly unique songs & stories.
The Mount Hooley Band – Allendale’s local heroes The Mount Hooleys play fun packed country in a medicine show style of their own.
Side Café Orkestar – Newcastle based ensemble, play a mixture of Klezmer, Hot Club Swing, Balkan, and other eclectic melodies and songs.