Pen and Stu
Pen and Stu are an acoustic duo who have been playing together since 2014 and released their eagerly awaited debut album in March 2017 - “so far…songs of love, loss and pirates” with nationwide radio airplays from Express FM Portsmouth, Triangle Radio Gloucester, Beyond Radio Lancaster, Blues and Roots Radio, Zetland FM Redcar, BCB Bradford and Vixen FM Hull, Box online Radio, Folk Garden Show Eden FM, Radio Winchcombe Folk Show, Bishop Auckland FM as well as BBC Introducing North Yorkshire. Comments about the album: “it could have been you - is a cracking song”- Jericho Keys BBC Introducing “I think the CD sounds awesome….it does justice to Pen's superb voice……I love the opening track with its sound effects…it has a real epic quality…they're all very good songs” – Andy Craig Rothbury Roots “What a great debut album” - Steve Chapman-Smith- Musician “Great CD, really enjoyed it” - Nick Hall- Musician- Plumhall.
Pen and Stu regularly gig in art centres, bars and folk clubs across Yorkshire and beyond from Bath to Holy Island, as well as playing at music & beer festivals over the summer months. They have a number of festival bookings for 2018 including Filey, Great North and Beverley Folk Festivals and Haworth Folk Rhythm and Blues Festival, Cottingham Springboard Music Festival, several beer festivals, as well as a number of live radio appearances/interviews.
They delight audiences with their own original material, which has strong haunting vocals, driving rhythm guitar and melodious bass lines. Pen and Stu are both accomplished performers playing a number of various instruments, and different music genres in a number of different types of bands over the years. Penny McFarlane-Bedford - lead vocals, acoustic and tenor guitar, ukulele, whistles and banjo. Stuart McFarlane-Bedford - backing vocals, bass guitars, acoustic guitars (6 & 12 String) and banjo.
Upcoming gigs include:
Filey Folk Festival - 6th May
Haworth Folk Rhythm and Blues Festival - 26th May
Cottingham Springboard Festival - 26th May
Great North Folk Festival - 27th May
Poppleton Beer and Music Festival - 15th June
Beverley Folk Festival - 16th June
La Fete de La Musique - 23rd June
Wortley Beer and Music Festival - 7th July
Alrewas Little Festival - 25th August
Settle Folk Gathering - 1st September