Commissions from 2017
Richard Parkes presents ‘Stand to!’ a live retrospective on the events of World War One through contemporary poems, songs and letters and modern interpretations of significant events during the war. He combines the stories and narrative of the trenches with folk songs in a moving and heartfelt tribute to the sacrifice made 100 years ago for us all.
Richard Parkes is a born performer and Todmorden local who studied Drama at Bretton Hall and has performed in various theatres, on film and in folk clubs. His long held love of history, especially WW1 and his well-known renditions of war related songs has lead us to commission Stand to! which is an expansion of a piece he originally wrote and performed for a service of Remembrance in Todmorden in 2015.
Tod Festival Folklore Explore
Take an adventure in to the park and find an old local tale lost in the woods.
Discover a world where you can change yourself into any animal, track the signs of our local witch magic and connect with your natural surroundings. Join us for a guided sound walk with storytelling, music and hidden noises or pick up a map from local outlets and see if you can find the trail on your own. This piece has been created as part of our festival outreach programme working throughout the year with the people of Todmorden. Suggested for ages 5 and upwards.
Part of the walk will be following the smaller paths in to the woods and may be unsuitable for light prams and wheelchairs.
Sophie Cooper is a Todmorden based musician and co-founder of Tor Festival. Sophie’s solo music often explores themes of narative and for Tod Folk Fest she has taken this interest further with the creation of a bespoke sound walk working with local storyteller and engagement artist Ruthie Boycott-Garnett.
Gareth Scott – This is from the Remains of Elmet
A song writing commission based on the Ted Hughes book The Remains of Elmet.
Mr Wilson’s Second Liners and Oakenhoof – The Todmorden Clog Rave