A CAJUN ceilidh will by taking place for St Patrick’s Day when a music festival opens in North Yorkshire.

The seventh annual Yorkshire Cajun and Zydeco Festival will run at the Milton Rooms in Malton from Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18.

This year’s festival will feature for the first time a Cajun Ceilidh for St Patrick’s Day on the Saturday evening from 6.45pm and a vintage dance on the Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 2.30pm from the York Vintage Dance Group.

There will also be a mix of seven Cajun and Zydeco bands from Britain and Europe, kicking off with Bosco Beret, who will play at Suddabys on Thursday evening.

The main festival will begin on Friday, March 16 with Charlie Skelton’s Cajun band Acadian Strings on stage at 7pm, followed by Trio Hot Creole at 9pm.

Saturday, March 17 will be packed with workshops, music sessions, a Mardi Gras parade with Rough Chowder and the Cajun Ceilidh. Manchester band Cajun Specials will make their festival debut at 8.15pm, and Dutch band Vuig, will close the night's revels from 10pm, playing in Britain for the first time.

Sunday will have more workshops, music sessions, films and, in the afternoon, as well as the Vintage Dance, festival favourites Bosco Beret will be joined on stage at 2.45pm by the fiddle skills of Malton's own Nick Thompson, from the legendary Buttermountain Boys.

For tickets and more information, go to; yorkshirecajun.com