Anyone familiar with the Ouseburn Valley will know that The Ouseburn Farm is a vital part of the local community and just as vital an institution as the likes of The Cluny, The Cumberland and the Valley’s other surrounding organisations.
A mini oasis in the middle of the Valley, the farm is so much more than just a popular visitor attraction – it’s a community led project, providing an integrated setting where people from all walks of life can work together to develop agricultural, horticultural and environmental skills. In short, it’s part of the lifeblood of The Ouseburn.
As a charity, the farm wouldn’t exist without the generosity of others, and unfortunately due to a deficit in funding, its long term future isn’t a secure prospect. Alongside many other fundraising activities that are currently happening, the farm’s neighbours The Cluny have come up with a cracking line-up for their Farm Aid all-day gig on Sunday 16thApril, with absolutely all proceeds going directly to the farm.
Kicking things off are progressive folk sextet Pons Aelius; an ambitious troupe who explore traditional and contemporary folk music from Britain and beyond, melding tradition with a fresh approach. Local music scene stalwartNev Clay will captivate the audience with his poignant, unassuming and honest song writing, and then there’s talented guitarist Duncan Lloyd. Best known as a member of Maximo Park, he’s also an accomplished solo artist and one half of bewitching pop duo Nano Kino.
One of the North East’s most treasured musicians, Richard Dawson blends the avant-garde with folk storytelling to create performances that can be both heartbreaking and heart-swellingly uplifting all at the same time. He’s about to release his new album Peasant in June, so this is a wonderful opportunity to catch him before he begins touring the country.
Okay Champ are the band on everyone’s lips right now, and though this is only their second ever gig, their delectable dissonance is not to be missed. Featuring members of Eat Fast, Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister, Let’s Buy Happiness and Mass, Okay Champ combine post-punk paranoia with dark, sludgy riffs. Up next are alt-quintet The Great Curve, who’s anthemic, texture-laden songs are driven by front man Mick Rolfe’s soaring vocal, before Behold A Pale Horse round off the evening with their diverse, genre-spanning sound which fuses psych, krautrock, neo-folk, dance and garage rock to explosive effect.
There will also be raffle tickets available on the day, with some incredible prizes donated by various local businesses including Ernest, Ink & Toil and The Free Trade Inn.
Farm Aid takes place at The Cluny on Sunday 16th April from 2pm. Tickets are £6 & on sale now from The Cluny, RPM, Beatdown Records, and SeeTickets with ALL proceeds going directly to the Ouseburn Farm.