Galtres – perfect end to a great summer

The Arts Barge Tent at Galtres was its usual glorious, mash-up success story; our trademark mix of the planned and the wonderfully spontaneous.  There are too many people to thank here for making it what it was, but you know who you are. Let us have any photos you took of the weekend to add to our collection – meantime check out the slideshow (to the right of this post) for a small selection of the weekend’s happenings. If you’re after any photos of yourself /your band/your mates/ your family just get in touch with our photographers (see our facebook site for more photos and contact details) and you can order them direct. You’ll also be donating to the project that way.

Footage from James Arden’s (ongoing) documentary about the York music scene. Tech support / set up by Cinem@.

With Galtres over and the sofas packed away for another year at last we can give Selby Tony our full attention for the first time since buying her 3 weeks ago. She’s still in Swinton where she’ll be staying while welding work is done on the hull. We had a fantastic surprise last week when Waddingtons (the boatyard where we bought the barge) offered to pay for welding works to the hull to give us a kick start, as well as finding someone with the appropriate expertise to do the work: Carl Acaster (who, along with his dad, towed our rented barge, Room 58, into York for the Rivers Festival in 2011) has a lifetime’s experience working with barges and we’re incredibly lucky he’s got some time to help us out.  Once this initial work’s done, we’re hoping to bring Selby Tony into York – that’ll be later this year or early next so you’ll all have the chance to see her soon!

Our Sacred Harp singing school was another surprise success – first timers had a great time learning this (ever-so-slightly) challenging but beautiful singing form and it looks set to be a regular feature in York – more news on that soon. In the meantime, if you’re interested in joining, get in touch with us by emailing and with ‘Sacred Harp’ as the subject.

Get in touch if there’s anything you can help us with – at the moment we’re focused on promotion, marketing and fundraising rather than gigs and events but we’ll be glad to hear from you whatever you can offer,

Happy Autumn from the Arts Barge Crew


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