Top International musician Eduardo Niebla presents "The Magic Gate of Beverley"

at festival to celebrate 30 years of Beverley Festival.

The Beverley Festival are delighted to confirm that top international musician Eduardo Niebla, a virtuoso flamenco jazz guitarist and composer, will perform tracks from his project specially written to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the festival -  “The Magic Gate of Beverley” - on Sunday 23rd June and tickets are now on sale – please see below.

Beverley Festival Celebrates its Heritage with its Local Community



A collection of pieces composed by Eduardo Niebla to celebrate 30 years

 of the Beverley Folk Festival


To celebrate 30 years of the Beverley Folk Festival, and to demonstrate its commitment to providing opportunities for its thriving local community to participate in the event, this year sees the launch of a special project celebrating its heritage with the involvement of a top international musician.


Eduardo Niebla, virtuoso flamenco jazz guitarist and composer, has come a long way from his birthplace in Tangiers and childhood in Girona Spain to reach Yorkshire, his adopted home for the last 12 years.  And it is this incredible international life, as well as the very heartfelt quality of his compositions, that makes Eduardo’s collection of pieces celebrating the Beverley Folk Festival’s 30th anniversary especially vibrant.  This collection, entitled “The Magic Gate of Beverley”, fuses Eduardo’s spectacular flamenco gypsy jazz with melodies inspired by the Wolds;  an exhilarating journey from Eduardo’s Spanish homeland to the wonderful folk and brass traditions of the region.


To perform these pieces, Eduardo is working together with a collection of local amateur and professional musicians, who are putting together and rehearsing the pieces for a mass performance on the festival’s Main Stage on the Sunday (23rd).


The festival is proud to be the fifth winner of the David Bedford Music Education Award co-ordinated by the PRS for Music Foundation which has supported the festival’s project.


Sunday 23rd June 2013 12pm-1.30pm

The Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley Racecourse, York Road, Beverley, East Yorkshire HU17 8QZ

Tickets: £5.00   Available on the Door / 01377 217569


Those participating:

Eduardo Niebla – guitar & composer

Matthew Robinson – guitar

Roberto Ares – drums / percussion

Edwina Hayes – vocals / guitar

Sam Pirt – accordion

Beverley Brass Band - directed by Peter Kench

Beverley Grammar School - directed by Zoe Hughes





PRESS PACK:   mp3s of “My Gypsy Waltz”, photos, biography etc




This commission follows the launch of Eduardo’s 23rd album “MY GYPSY WALTZ” to acclaim at Celtic Connections Glasgow and the Queen Elizabeth Hall London, part of a distinguished recording and performing career over the last 4 decades which has seen Eduardo appear at the Tbilisi International Jazz Festival Georgia, the Jaipur Festival India, the Odessa Jazz Carnival Ukraine, the San Isidro Fiesta Madrid, the Olympic Games Greece, Glastonbury and the Brecon International Jazz Festival, as well as concert tours to South Africa, Jordan, Lebanon, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Spain & Ireland.

Since his move to Britain in 1978 Eduardo has collaborated with major artists across the globe including Nishat Khan (sitar), Wajahat Khan (sarod), Adel Salameh (oud), Lol Coxhill (saxophone), Deepak Ram (bamboo flute), Paban Das Baul (gypsy singer & percussionist), George Michael, Craig David and recently Ben Watkins of Juno Reactor (composer of the music for the Matrix films).  He was introduced to recording by Tom Newman and has written music for films, documentaries and plays, including for the BBC, and composed music alongside poets Fran Landesman, Mike Horovitz and how more recently Ian McMillan.

Eduardo’s career started from very humble beginnings – born in Tangiers Morocco to Andalucian parents in 1955, the 7th of 11 children and mythically the 7th son of the 7th child.  In 1960 after political tensions the family became refugees and settled in Girona, Spain where Eduardo grew up.  At 18 he formed the cult symphonic rock band “Atila”, whose albums are now serious collectors’ items, and was rated alongside Paco de Lucia as one of the best guitarists in the Hispanic Peninsula.  In 1975 he moved to Paris, where he performed in several exhibitions of conceptual art with the painter Jaume Xifra. In 1978 he reached London, initially as a stepping stone to fly to America, but never left and has since been regarded as one of the outstanding guitarists of his generation.  He currently lives in North Yorkshire where he has his recording studio.

“A display of supernatural talent….and a spellbinding mixture of flamenco and modern jazz, bursting with passion & verve.” (The Spectator)

“Niebla proves his mastery & composing genius with every touch.” (Die Rheinpfalz)

“No recording can do full justice to the thunderstorm of this musician in full flow – deep booming chords interspersed with lightning percussive effects… his language is full of hot, dark, Mediterranean passion.”  (Scotsman)

“Eduardo – virtuoso?  Inventive improviser?  Yes and yes.  And creative composer too.  Writer of beautiful melodies, great grooves… he cast a deep engrossing spell over the audience which transported them to other places, to the distant past, to India, Arabia, North Africa, Spain – tracing the link between modern Flamenco and the ancient music of India.  And then on to the New World, to South and Central America for the rumba.  At the end of the concert he thanked the audience for having been present while the band “searched for those deep places in the music.”  Believe me they found them.  (Rodd Fogg, London Jazz 2010)




Beverley Folk Festival 2013 – 21st June to 23rd June

Weekend tickets:  £98 Adults; Concession £85 and Families £281 - Camping £20 per person for 3 nights – Fri, Sat, Sun

Artists already confirmed for 2013

The Proclaimers • Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes • Oysterband • Gretchen Peters (USA) • Lau  • Steve Forbert (USA) • Ian Rankin • Eduardo Niebla • Sam Carter • Henry Priestman • Curtis Eller (USA) • Megson   John Shuttleworth • Patrick Monahan • Lucy Ward • Allan Yn Y Fan • Blackbeard’s Tea Party • The Young ‘uns  The Whiskey Dogs •  Folkestra •  Eric Brace & Peter Cooper (USA) • Coco and the Butterfields • Will Kaufman  • Edwina Hayes • Farino • Circus Envy •  Chris Cole • The Duncan McFarlane Band • Chris Cole



Beverley Folk Festival Patrons

Mike Harding – Broadcaster, singer, songwriter, author, poet & comedian.

John Godber – Olivier Award-winning playwright (Up ‘n' Under, Bouncers, Teechers, etc.), director & lecturer.


Beverley Folk Festival Award Nominations

Shortlisted for ‘Best Family Festival’ Award -  2012 UK Festival Awards

Finalist in the Remarkable Tourism Event Category -  REYTA Awards 2012

Finalist in the Remarkable Tourism Experience/ Event   REYTA Awards 2013


Contact Details

Artistic Director: Chris Wade    Festival Directors: Andrew Mills; Jim Pybus; Matt Snowden; Mike Booth

Festival Office, The Stables, Westwood House, North Dalton, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 9XA

Tel: 01377 217569       Email:      Website:

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