Hauntingly harmonic

Leeds–based foursome Waking the Witch will perform at CragRats as part of the Holmfirth Folk Festival celebrations on Saturday at 3pm. The group, featuring Patsy Matheson, Jools Parker, Becky Mills and Rachel Goodwin, have really made their mark in the UK, where news of the strength of their live performances has spread rapidly.

Indeed, their ability to captivate audiences has rapidly gained them a devoted following. They are all acclaimed solo artists in their own right, with musical pedigrees to match. Patsy, Rachel and Jools have at one time or another appeared with the likes of Christy Moore, John Martyn, Sam Brown and the Saw Doctors.

But it is as a foursome that they have really made a name for themselves. Patsy Matheson explains, “When we first started to write and arrange together we knew we had something special”.

The quality of their live performance also means they have been invited to appear live and unplugged on numerous radio shows, including sessions for Radio 2’s Janice Long, BBC Radio London’s Charlie Gillet and the legendry DLT!

Their voices are exquisitely haunting and delicately beautiful and their soaring harmonies are wonder- ful.

Their melodies are rooted in blues and R&B, rock and folk, and the result is a sound that is quite unique and personal. Don’t miss this superb opportunity to see Waking the Witch this May at CragRats, Holmfirth.

The festival has been organised by a group of local enthusiasts and business people and aims to be a community event with most of the town’s pubs and hotels taking part.

The Picturedrome will be the venue for the main concers featuring The Strawbs (Friday night), John Martyn (Saturday night) and the Doonan Family Band (Sunday night).

The Spectacular Bread and Butter Theatre will be entertaining young and old all over the town throughout the weekend.

Dance sides will be out and about and will process through the streets on Saturday afternoon. There will be a ceilidh in the Market Hall on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

Folk clubs, singarounds, sessions and workshops will be on offer in pubs thoroughout Holmfirth. Many of the events are free – but cash gifts will be collected.