Janet first made a name for herself on the folk circuit in the ‘80’s as a young singer songwriter writing with hard-edged humour about issues affecting women. Her “Secretary’s Song” was the most requested song on “Folk on 2” in 1987/8, and “Breastfeeding Baby in the Park” has been taken up by the pro-breastfeeding lobby nationally and internationally.
She has worked with other musicians, such as Sisters Unlimited and Scottish singing partner Christine Kydd, and also toured with the show Take These Chains from My Heart, written by partner Jim Woodland with storyteller Taffy Thomas. Janet currently leads community choirs in Silsden, Settle and Burnley and is bringing the Silsden Singers to our Saturday afternoon concert as well as headlining our Friday night concert in St Mary’s Church.
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the duo have become one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene. In 2013 the pair won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award before going on to win the Horizon Award for best breakthrough act from the same source in 2014. In 2015, they were nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo category.
Having toured extensively in the UK for five years, as well as in Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar have released 3 studio albums.
New concert venue
This year our Friday night concert has moved to a bigger venue. We’ll be in the fantastic acoustics of St Mary’s Church just two minutes walk from the previous venue and from the Town Hall where the ceilidh and box office is held. Our new venue will also be serving Little Valley beers on cask.
Frog on a Bike are an experienced, energetic, dance floor-packing Ceilidh and Barn Dance band.
Their enthusiastic playing, big sound and driving rhythm is guaranteed to have you up and dancing. Whether you are complete beginners or experienced dancers, our musicians and caller will make it a really special night.