Hitting the high notes in the musical month of May

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It’s a musical May at Square Chapel arts centre, Halifax, with an exciting programme of folk, blues and classical concerts to entertain audiences.

An unmissable evening of folk music is promised on Friday, May 23, at 8pm when the hugely-popular Sarah McQuaid makes a welcome return for an evening of stunning musicianship. Sarah combines brilliant music with cheeky banter and amazing stories from the road.

For fans of the blues Square Chapel is welcoming British Blues Award finalists The Idle Hands on Saturday, May 24, at 7.30pm and singer songwriter Graham Robins on Saturday, May 31, at 7.30pm.

The Idle Hands, led by charismatic vocalist Phil Allen, were voted third in the Best UK Band category of Blues Matters Mag’s 2013 Writers Poll. The band has skilful guitar playing from Dave Robinson with Jamie Burns on bass and Paul Heydon on drums and performs original songs and inventively adapted blues classics.

Graham Robins’ soulful voice, unique guitar style and heartfelt songs will feature on May 31. His new album ‘The Shipping News’ has received considerable airplay and great reviews.

Also in May there will be fine classical music to enjoy, including Angela Brownridge (pictured) with her recital Two Sides of the Piano on Friday, May 30, at 8pm. Featuring classical and jazz music, she will play some of Chopin’s most popular works, followed by Gershwin’s superb arrangements of songs from his Broadway musicals.

l Tickets for these events are available on 01422 349422.