Singing Farmers head for sell out

Ken Jackson at Singing Farmers Concert Skipton 2011
Ken Jackson at Singing Farmers Concert Skipton 2011

TICKETS are selling fast for the return of the Singing Farmers to Tadcaster’s Riley Smith Hall on April 1.

And it’s no April Fool organisers warn as they say they have already sold over half of the tickets in the first few weeks of being on sale.

“I’d advise anyone who is thinking of coming to book now so that they’re not disappointed,” said Scholes-based Chris Berry, who founded the group.

The Singing Farmers concerts have become some of the most popular annual events in Yorkshire and feature five individual singers.

The variety of music includes country, easy listening pop tunes, ballads, songs from shows and Geordie folk songs and there’s plenty of humour too.

And the concerts raise much needed funds for the RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution) charity which helps farmers in times of real need and farm workers once they have retired.

But the concerts themselves are not about farming.

Chris added: “We get a lot of people coming who have nothing to do with agriculture.

“The concerts are about entertainment first and foremost.”

Chris, who is also a rural journalist as well as a singer, came up with the idea of putting together the concerts having interviewed several farmers who sang.

He pulled the team together in 2004 and this is their ninth year. They have raised over £80,000 in that time.

The Singing Farmers have played three previous concerts at the Riley Smith Hall which have all been sell-outs and last appeared there in 2009.

“It is great to be bringing the concert back to this fantastic hall. We are all looking forward to coming back.”

Tickets (£12) are from the Ticket Hotline on 07855 992834 or send a cheque made payable to RABI with a sae to: Singing Farmers Tickets, 2 Elmete Croft, Scholes, Leeds LS15 4BE