Sounds of Americana for Todmorden stage

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The first Todmorden Americana Festival takes place - appropriately - on Saturday July 4 at Todmorden Unitarian Church.

A fabulous line-up of acts playing country and blues-influenced music will keep audiences entertained from 2pm. The emphasis will be on New Country as local acts and singers and musicians from further afield take to the stage.

The doors will open at 2pm and the event finishes at 10pm with admission £5 on the door. The festival’s headline acts will include Quiet Loner, Garron Frith and Chuck Lemonds, all renowned artists in their fields.

With a high standard of music guaranteed throughout the day, organisers are urging music fans to see as many acts as possible. Food and drink will be available to purchase from the Incredible Edible Todmorden stall.

Programme of events:

l2pm – doors open

l2.20pm - Marilyn Hinson and Gabe Amick, with country, swing and blues played with style and panache.

l3.20pm - Chris Layhe, best known as the bassist with the definitive lineup of the Icicle Works. These days he plays Creedence-influenced country blues, sometimes accompanied by his band Oyster.

l4.20pm - Homegrown Jones, a band best described as a modern day Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young with melodious songs, sweet harmonies and raggedly glorious lead guitar.

l5.20pm - Picnic Area,

from South Manchester playing alt country with attitude, and their Bill Leader-produced album “You know you want it!” has received a number of glowing reviews, including an 8 out of 10 from Americana UK. Their new album “Classics” may be out in time for the festival.

l6.20pm - Lankybone, from

Manchester, a fabulous live act, playing jagged alt country with more than a hint of Television, Talking Heads and The Violent Femmes.

l7.20pm - Chuck Lemonds, country-soul singer Chuck Lemonds was born in St Louis but now bases himself in Graz, Austria. After a string of excellent albums he released ‘The Rivers Call’, named as one of Americana UK’s albums of the year in 2013.

l8.20pm - Garron Frith, a critically-acclaimed local songwriter responsible for some heartbreakingly beautiful songs. His new album ‘Skiffler’ is out this summer.

l9.20pm - Quiet Loner, aka Matt Hill, one of the best loved figures on Britain’s new country scene. His songs of infidelity, murder, suicide, as well as social comment transcend the limitations of the genre. His latest release ‘Greedy Magicians’ is a live album of protest songs.

He followed this up with a performance at the Glastonbury Festival’s protest stage, at the invitation of Billy Bragg.