Annual folk festival goes back to its roots

Aynsley Lister on guitar at last year's festival. Picture: Craig Shaw, Blue Planet Photography
Aynsley Lister on guitar at last year's festival. Picture: Craig Shaw, Blue Planet Photography

The line-up for the fourth annual Hebden Bridge Folk Roots festival has just been unveiled.

The weekend will include The Demon Barbers, Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, Kathryn Williams and Steve Tilston.

To show the importance of its home venue to what it is, the event is now the Trades Folk Roots weekend.

The folk roots weekend, now a part of the annual Hebden Bridge calendar, is based at the Trades Club over the weekend of November 8 to 10. It will be kicked off by the Demon Barbers, one of the greatest live shows in the UK folk world.

Led by Damien Barber, they broaden out the folk dance experience with the addition of a wide range of instruments and dancers.

BBC Folk Awards’ best live act winners in 2009, the Demon Barbers have raised the bar in innovative folk performance showing that even with traditional songs there is nothing out of date about folk music.

Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies bring the north east cultural experience to the Trades Club on the Saturday evening and Liverpool born but north east resident Kathryn Williams will bring the weekend to a close.

The weekend normally mixes local and internationally known performers but there is a distinctly northern feel to this weekend.

“We have lots of acts who are clearly northern in their attitude and approach,” said organiser Dave Boardman. “All the headline acts are from the north of England and we’ll also have Manchester’s Harp and a Monkey with songs from their very Lancastrian second album All Life is Here. From Yorkshire there’s The Tragics, Chrystine Moon and Wilful Missing, among others.”

False Beards will be travelling up from London and the much praised Gren Bartley Band also will be playing on Saturday afternoon.

Tilston’s trio will be performing songs from their new album Happenstance. Tickets are now on sale at the Trades Club and through its website www.thetradesclub.com

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