Todmorden Methodist Church
(Doors open 12 noon)
Off the wall, colourful, energetic.
With influences starting in early music, passing through Playford and the Morris traditions, picking up prog, soul, and pop, it’s impossible to categorise the sound they make as folk music is fed through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine.
Nick and Mary Barber
Nick and Mary Barber play English traditional dance music on melodeon and fiddle, with Nick also playing horn and recorder. The sources of their material include unpublished manuscripts, English session tunes, Nick’s own compositions, with a few French and Swedish tunes thrown in – but you can be sure they will weave some musical magic, whatever the source! Nick and Mary form half of English Rebellion together with Anahata and Mary Humphreys. Nick is musician for White Rose Morris Men, and Mary plays for the women’s Cotswold side, Hexadaisy.
Sarah’s mournful guitar-based country songs are influenced by artists ranging from Gillan Welch to Loretta Lynne. Her songwriting reflects the joys and sorrow of everyday life, and coupled with a voice described as ‘honeyed’, makes for a tender, heartfelt performance.
Todmorden Unitarian Church
Nominated for Best Group, 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Melrose Quartet are truly an all-round folk act, with both tight a capella harmony and energy-packed instrumentals. They comprise leading English musicians Nancy Kerr (2015 BBC Folk Singer of the Year), James Fagan, Jess & Richard Arrowsmith with twin fiddles, guitar and bouzouki, melodeon and four strong voices.
The band present a bold take on old and new English songs and tunes, with a powerful treatment of traditional material alongside some of the best modern song-writing in the folk world. They reliably delight and tantalise their audiences with the infectious warmth and sparkle these four seasoned musicians feel when they unite.
In concert, Melrose Quartet perform a diverse repertoire, featuring music from their acclaimed debut album ‘50 Verses’ alongside new works destined for their new CD due for release early in 2017. There are carousing chorus songs, lively dance tunes, ancient stories and modern pieces written in celebration of everything from weddings & birthdays to issues that affect all of our 21st century lives. This is music for everybody.
Melrose Quartet are known for their outstanding workshops ranging from harmony singing to accompaniment, and they also can offer The Melrose Ceilidh Band, with the addition of Nigel Holmes on Bass. This is a ceilidh with a difference, as the band use singing as well as instruments for the dance music, to great effect.
Audiences rave over the harmonies of Kimber’s men. They have appeared at Festivals in Ostende, Appingedam, Portmagee, Portsoy, Fano in Denmark, and all over the UK. Featured twice on Sunday brunch for Channel 4 ,they also starred in the BBC2 and BBC4 production of Sea Songs, the latter being the most viewed programme of the year, on BBC 4. Expect to laugh, sing and be generally entertained.
Young Musicians Award Winner
Continuing our commitment to support the development of young musicians, we will once again programme the winning artist from our Young Musicians Award Fundraiser/
More information coming soon…
The Golden Lion
The Scattering were formed in 2014. They describe themselves as a Celtic Rock Band playing a fusion of traditional Irish, Country, Rock and Hill Billy music. In a few short years The Scattering have headlined at the Manchester Irish Festival, played at Feel Good Festival and are quasi resident at The Flying Horse in Rochdale. The Scattering are: Chris Addington- Guitar and Vocals, Andy Kelly- Bass and Vocals, Dan Maylott- Guitar and Vocals, Jeremy Sleith- Drums and Percussion, Chris Wilkinson- Accordion, Cliff Woodworth- Violin and Mandolin.