PROGRAMME

Friday Evening

Tritor perform medieval trance, using historically uninformed interpretations of pre C15 songs & tunes based upon folk music of the time, weaving a rhythmic droney tapestry. Vocal harmonies combine with medieval bagpipe, hurdy gurdy and didgeridoo against a backdrop of various frame drums to produce an intriguing dreamlike step-back-in-time to the deepest, oldest, roots of written music, which has been likened to bathing in warm plums!
The driving force of the group, and musical director, Graham Wright plays bagpipe, or combines lead vocal with dulcetina, accompanied by Andy Carter grooving in on hurdy gurdy and bass vocal, with Andy Wood on soprano vocal when not swirling on didge. Neil Parker provides percussion or various woodwind, with founder drummer Roger Burnett back on frame drums and vocal.

The Trades Club

Tritor

8.00pm

Merry Hell is a band founded on the ever evolving Folk tradition – music made by the people and shared by the people. Though our hearts and souls are tuned to the songs which came before us, we bring you new words and music forged from our own experiences, from the lows and the loves of our lives. Our art is energy and our hope is unity. Our pleasure is to please: let the audience be the acid test and let the music speak for itself...

The Trades Club 

Merry Hell

9.30pm

Irish folk songs and tunes in their own Rakish Paddy style

Old Gate 

Rakish Paddy

9.00pm

A beautiful evening of song, bringing everyone together- "all the choirs in one place, showcasing brilliant talent in the valley!"

Saint James Church 

Choirs From Around The Valley

7.00pm

Saturday Daytime 

Fox & Goose

Sessions

11.00am

Play your thing all day!

St. George's Square / Bridge Gate

11.00am

Children's maypole dance session

St. George's Square / Bridge Gate

Old Time Rags

12.30pm

The Old Time Rags are a music and dance duo presenting street theatre, concerts and workshops. With the exciting combination of a one man band and a tap dancer the Old Time Rags really are something original!

Town Hall

Maypole Dancing

1.00pm

More children's maypole dancing

St. George's Square

Morris Dancing

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Many different Morris sides dancing out for your entertainment

The Trades Club

1.00pm

Cobalt Tales are from Sheffield, delivering powerful vocals, engaging harmonies, melodic bass and acoustic guitars playing songs from the heart that stir the soul.

Hope Baptist Chapel

Calder Youth Folk

1.00pm - 1.30pm

Saturday Lunchtime Live Presents - Calder Youth Folk are a new youth band based in Hebden Bridge, working to develop the skills of young musicians in folk music.

Hope Baptist Chapel

Katie Spencer

1.35pm - 2.15pm  

Saturday Lunchtime Live presents local artists between 1pm and 4.30pm (timings within that approximate)

Drawing on influences such as John Martyn, Roy Harper and Laura Marling, Katie Spencer creates modern progressive folk music which owes as much the songwriters of the 60’s acoustic music heyday as it does the East Riding landscape where she has always felt a strong spiritual connection. Her striking vocals and deft songwriting are backed by an evocative and complex guitar style that takes her music to places that are both esoteric and beautiful. 

Hope Baptist Chapel

2.20pm - 3pm

Saturday Lunchtime Live presents local artists between 1pm and 4.30pm (timings within that approximate)

Influenced by the sounds of 1960’s folk guitar, progressive rock and modal jazz, Henry Parker creates a modern sound from these archaic influences, writing songs that lyrically entwine landscapes, people and politics. Traditional folk music contributes strongly to his sound, whilst a distinctive finger-picked guitar style calls to mind players as diverse as Bert Jansch and Bill Frisell.

Hope Baptist Chapel

Jack Parker

3.05pm - 3.45pm 

Saturday Lunchtime Live presents local artists between 1pm and 4.30pm (timings within that approximate)

Described as “one of Hull’s most innovative artists…” (Soundsphere Magazine), Yorkshire-born singer-songwriter Jack Parker has been capturing the hearts and minds of audiences all across Europe and the UK.

Performing solo across the folk circuit, Jack’s new band has brought the show to the next level, bringing a new found energy and life to the stage. Currently working towards his debut album, Jack’s latest release ‘Wild’ gained great attention across media, featuring in RNR Magazine and Americana UK.

Hope Baptist Chapel

James J Turner

3.50pm - 4.30pm 

Saturday Lunchtime Live presents local artists between 1pm and 4.30pm (timings within that approximate)

James J Turner has a unique live solo style and is one of the most potent artists to emerge from the Acoustic music scene in recent years. James's powerful voice and dextrous guitar playing provide the backbone to his passionate, anthemic songs.

Old Gate

The Landlubbers

2.00pm free entry

The Landlubbers are a landlocked sea shanty group from Halifax who will raise the roof!

The Trades Club

2.15pm

Redwood River Band are a Leeds based old time acoustic trio, with vocals, banjo, guitar, harmonica, clarinet and double bass. The three part harmonies are sublime as they weave across the ages taking in the blues.

Town Hall

Keith Donnelly's Children's Concert

2.30pm

Keith Donnelly always comes up with something to keep the kids happy!

The Trades Club

3.30pm

Phil Dirt And The Heavy Machines combines an American singer, songwriter now living in the U.K. and a band to support his habit of writing songs to make you laugh, cry and think!

Town Hall

Drumming Circle with Filo

4.00pm

Filo is a  trained Community Drum Circle Facilitator and therefore facilitates rhythmical circles in the community and with themed groups, making use of drums, percussion, dance and song.

The Trades Club

4.45pm

The David Broad Trio performs American swing, blues, gospel, ragtime and country! They can be counted on to get Lindy hoppers hopping and jivers jiving!

Hope Baptist Chapel

The Landlubbers

5.15pm

Another chance to see The Landlubbers performing in one of their favourite venues!

Saturday Evening 

Fox & Goose

Sessions

6.00pm

Playing on into the night

The Trades Club

Cajun Aces

7.00pm

The Cajun Aces are a three piece band playing traditional Cajun music from the French-speaking rural districts of South West Louisiana. Most of the songs are in patois Cajun French, featuring two-steps and waltzes. They have played festivals, weddings and corporate events from the Shetlands to the south coast, and appeal to a wide audience young & old.

Old Gate

Ghost School

7.00pm free entry

Ghost School is a new musical ensemble based largely around the original songs of Calderdale musician Andy Greaves (vocals, mandolin and guitar), a heavy dose of traditional material and, here and there, some very odd poetry. The band features urbane master of the guitar Les (Fez) Gillon and the talented Jen Rhiannon Trott (fiddle and vocals). Expect strong melodies, mystery and mayhem with subjects ranging from murderous cheese thievery in early nineteenth century Cheshire, a heartfelt eulogy to a globe artichoke and the exploits of a cunning, grimly humorous owl.

Hope Baptist Chapel

Keith Donnelly

7.30pm

Keith Donnelly is a very [very!] funny, globe-trotting, Geordie tall-tale-telling-singer-songwriter-guitarist.
Keith could make sheep laugh! (Jasper Carrott)

Nelsons Wine Bar

The Swingcats

8.00pm

The Swingcats bring you jivin' swingin' sounds !

The Trades Club

Howlin' Johnny And The Devil's Rejects

8.15pm

Howlin' Johnny And The Devil's Rejects come all the way from Keighley, they formed in 1987 and still going strong, fronted by the Rev. Howlin' Johnny playing ukulele, Nick Proctor on banjo with Satan and Gareth on washboard and coffin lid - playing off the wall covers and original material.

Hope Baptist Chapel

Michele Stodart & Kathryn Williams

9.00pm

Michele Stodart is a solo artist as well as bassist, vocalist and co-songwriter with much loved, Mercury-Prize-nominated The Magic Numbers. Michele released an album of her own songs in 2012. Since then Michele has continued writing, and started using her skills on bass, guitar and backing vocals, which led to many projects on stage and in the studio with artists including Kathryn Williams. 

Kathryn Williams' best-known work is characterised by rich and honest songwriting, inspired by the greats - from Nick Drake to Joni Mitchell and beyond - however, she has continually been able to evolve as an artist because she’s always looked outside of such genre boundaries.

Old Gate

Kimbers Men

9.00pm free entry

Kimber's Men bring you more sea shanties with a difference! Audiences everywhere, rave over their harmonies. They have appeared at festivals in Ostende, Appingedam, Portmagee, Portsoy, Fano in Denmark, and all over the UK. Featured twice on Sunday brunch for Channel 4, they also starred in the BBC2 and BBC4 production of Sea Songs, with Gareth Malone; the latter being the most viewed programme of the year, on BBC 4.

The Trades Club

309s

10.00pm - late

The 309s have spent the last ten years rocking and rolling their swing / country / jive repertoire at events all over the country. Think Hank Williams, Bob Wills and early Johnny Cash joining forces to make a classic 20th century sound that is the roots of rock and roll. Crowds have danced the days and nights away to the 309s’ beat at an extraordinary range of festivals and gigs - a perfect finale to the Americana day!

Time = 7.30pm 

Sunday Daytime 

St. George's Square / Bridge Gate

Maypole Dancing

11.00am

Another chance to get the children dancing

Town Hall

Maypole Dancing

12.00am

Continuing the dance

St. George's Square / Bridge Gate

Old Time Rags

12.00pm

More craziness from the Rags!

St. George's Square / Bridge Gate

Morris Dancing

1.00pm

Another set of Morris dances for your delight

Town Hall

Hind and the Jaffa Cakes

1.30pm

This group is born from "No Borders", a group of musicians from different countries and backgrounds . They all first met  at a local refugee centre to share different  music with each other. They play and sing songs from many different cultures and locations - Arabic, Hungarian, Irish, Jewish, Persian - and perform on a variety of Western and Middle Eastern instruments.

Trades Club

Freak Roots Cabaret

2.00pm

Freak Roots brings you a cornucopia of live musical acts from the local area - an afternoon of eclectic tastes with a twist!

Old Gate

Washboard Resonators

2.00pm

The Washboard Resonators hail from Leeds in England and can be described as sounding and looking like ‘a ragtime street band meets a Hollywood musical on a theatre stage somewhere in around 1932’. Their favorite performers include the jazz, ragtime, hokum, blues, comedy and vaudeville sounds of Louis Armstrong, Blind Boy Fuller, Fred Astaire, The Washboard Rhythm Kings, Robert Johnson, Gene Krupa, Max Miller, Tampa Red and The Memphis Jug Band. The spirit of these long gone artists and their music is summoned every time Martyn and Jack take the stage with their mixture of old traditional songs and new songs written by the band.

Town Hall

Annapurna Indian Dance

2.30pm

We at Annapurna Indian Dance are very much looking forward to sharing  our vibrant Indian folk dances with the audiences at Hebden Bridge Roots Festival on the 12th of May.  Our aim is to make our dances accessible and enjoyable for all  and bring people together.   

From Shantha Rao (Artistic Director)

Town Hall

Drum Circle with Filo

4.00pm

Another chance to have a go at communal drumming with Filo

Sunday Evening

6.00pm - 10.45pm 

Fox & Goose

Sessions

Play away throughout the evening

7.00pm 

Trades Club

Birds And Beasts

Birds And Beasts are an alternative pop / folk duo based in West Yorkshire, their union started in Huddersfield with a mutual love of animals and music. Stuck in a log cabin during a snowstorm in Germany, with only a guitar and a bass, the idea of Birds and Beasts was born...

8.00pm 

Trades Club

Red Hippo

Red Hippo is Peadar Long, Daz Jones and Simon Chantler. They play saxophones, sousaphone, fiddle, whistles, bass clarinet, stompbox, flute, and even the highland bagpipes. Red Hippo are a truly unique trio, who combine jazz, folk and world music to create compositions which are accessible yet challenging and take the listener on instrumental journeys influenced as much by Swedish traditional folk music as by New Orleans second line jazz, reggae and dub. They respectfully nod towards The Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Bellowhead, Filafolket and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and yet don’t sound like any of them.

9.30pm

Trades Club

Manouche North

Klezmer gypsy jazz dance experience - does what it says on the tin! A wonderful way to let your hair down to finish off the festival.

Calderdale Council
Hebden Royd Town Council

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