8pm Fri 16th February – £19



“Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”  Mojo Magazine

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her field, an extraordinary Irish singer who has been captivating audiences and achieving consistent acclaim for over 20 years.

Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new recording “Wanderer”. The album is a collection of rewarding & moving songs, recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. On this tour they will be playing as a duo, the pared back accompaniment throwing the spotlight very firmly on Cara’s vocals. Every note and word are sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to Cara’s deeply emotive performances, with her warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

TICKETS AVAILABLE from the Leeds College of Music Box Office only
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Or Tel 0113-222-3434
(£1 bkg fee per ticket online, no booking fee by phone)




8pm Fri 2nd March– £16



Scotland’s Blazin’ Fiddles bring their fiery brew to Saltaire, with a good few years and the arrival of new members since their last visit.

Featuring four of Scotland’s hottest contemporary fiddle players – Jenna Reid (Shetland), Kristan Harvey (Orkney), Rua MacMillan & Bruce MacGregor – Blazin’ Fiddles capture all the variety, energy & sensitivity of Scottish traditional music, with each fiddler drawing on the distinct musical flavour of their own part of the Highlands & Islands.

Along with Anna Massie (guitar) and Angus Lyon (piano) they blend solo and ensemble sets, the pace ranging from reflective airs to stormy, rousing sets of tunes which leave musicians and audience alike gasping for breath.




8pm Friday 13th April – £15



 “Guitarist with bravely experimental trio Lau, Kris Drever has all the makings of a solo celebrity” The Guardian

Scottish songwriter Kris Drever (Lau) celebrated a decade of critical success by winning both Folk Singer of The Year and Best Original Track (for his song If Wishes Were Horses) at the 2017 BBC Folk Awards.  Over the last ten years his distinctive voice and subtly crafted guitar style have become part of the backbone of the contemporary folk and roots scene and on his 2018 tour he will be performing a ‘best of’ set featuring all the key songs from his first decade and some new material played live for the first time.


TICKETS AVAILABLE from the Leeds College of Music Box Office only
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Or Tel 0113-222-3434
(£1 bkg fee per ticket online, no booking fee by phone)




8pm Fri 27th April – £20




“Resurrects the brassy swagger of Bellowhead”  Financial Times review of Afterglow

‘Vivid lyrics, striking imagery, fascinating ideas, challenging arrangements & Boden’s characteristically striking vocals  FRoots

Former lead-singer of Bellowhead Jon Boden visits Saltaire on his “Afterglow” album tour – his first new release since leaving Bellowhead in May 2016 – bringing the newly extended 11 piece Remnant Kings line-up with him. Including the talents of former Bellowhead band-mates Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, plus Leveret’s Rob Harbron and, along with Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren (Kings of The South Seas,) the band will be joined by string and brass sections to bring the album to the stage, along with other material from Jon’s back-catalogue and line-ups.

(The show is seated, but as at all our Saltaire gigs, there is room for those who wish to to get up and dance)




8pm Sat 28th April – £20

(Next to York Minster)


After her performance in Saltaire last year, SaltaireLive is involved in bringing Eddi Reader to York in spring 2018

Eddi first came to fame in the 1980’s as singer with Fairground Attraction, but for over 20 years has built her following as a solo artist. With a slightly maverick style, she is a compelling live performer with a passion and instinct which never fail to move & enthral her audience. From the traditional to the contemporary, she and her band bring joyous life to all forms of song and anything with her name on it is guaranteed musical treasure.

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SHOW of HANDS “Where We’re Bound” – York



8pm Sat 12th May – £22.50




Another band for whom it’s a little too soon to return to to Saltaire after their 2017 appearance, Show of Hands also make the move over to York this spring.

On their “Where We’re Bound” tour Phil Beer & Steve Knightley will be playing as a duo. Despite the name of the tour, they will actually be casting their eyes backwards, focussing on material from their early albums, which featured familiar songs that have gone on to become Show of Hands classics, and a rich vein of forgotten gems.

Show of Hands weave story and melody to create spellbinding shows and this show celebrates the duo’s enduring impact on roots, folk and acoustic music..

Opening the show will be Steve and Phil’s special guest, fellow Devonian Geoff Lakeman, forefather of the prolific Lakeman tribe.

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For tickets and more info on all our joint shows below with Otley Courthouse,
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Saturday 10th March:

Nancy & Luke team up to perform their own and each other’s material. They will both perform solo – Luke’s set including an electrophon machine, which uses Victorian clockwork technology & steel discs to create a distinctive musical sound – before joining forces to play a selection of both their songs together.


Saturday 7th April:

Winners of best band at the Scottish Trad Music Awards, Talisk are one of the brightest new stars in the Scottish folk scene.


Friday 11th May:

Based in Glasgow, but playing primarily irish music, Imar are gaining a reputation as the hottest new property in Celtic music.  Step well back as Imar light the touchpaper – this is a band we can all expect to hear a lot more about in future.


Saturday 9th June:

Outstanding violinist Dan Cassidy, with an evening of hot tunes & gypsy jazz to capture the effervescent spirit of the Swing era. Brother of the late Eva Cassidy, those who were there for Dan’s last visit will attest that the musical talent was not confined to his illustrious sister, but widely shared within the family.