Picnic serves up a feast of folk

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Top young bluegrass and folk act The Carrivick Sisters will make a guest appearance at Wainsgate Chapel’s concert season on Saturday, June 27.

The Great Folk/Roots Picnic, an afternoon event when traditional music from all parts of the globe will be heard not only in the chapel itself, but all over the building and grounds, will also feature the folk fusion quintet Project Jam Sandwich and irresistible Turkish and Middle Eastern folk music from the six-piece Paula Darwish Anatolian Folk Band.

There will also be open-mic sessions and impromptu performances by local musicians and singers.

The event is a collaboration with Hebden Bridge Arts Festival. Organiser David Nelson said: “Every so often we stage a special large-scale event like this up at Wainsgate, and they’ve always been hugely enjoyable and memorable occasions.

“We’ll be providing tea and coffee all day, but we hope people will join in with the spirit of the event by bringing picnics and whatever other refreshment they may need. Obviously we’re all hoping for a wonderful summer’s afternoon, but it’ll still be a great day whatever the weather”.

The Great Folk/Roots Picnic starts at 1pm and finishes around 6pm. Day passes costing £20/£15 and tickets for individual concerts (£9/£7) are available from the box office at Hebden Bridge Town Hall, and on line via www.hebdenbridgeartsfestival.co.uk and www.wainsgate.co.uk. Children of 15 and under are admitted free, and events other than the three headline concerts are free to all ticket holders.