Todmorden Methodist Church 

(Doors open 12 noon)

Pilgrims Way


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 The sources of their material include unpublished manuscripts, English session tunes, Nick’s own compositions, with a few French and Swedish tunes thrown in – but you can be sure they will weave some musical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 Watson

S Watson 16-9Sarah’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.




Music for the Many

A not-so-quiet revolution is taking place in Todmorden. Music for the Many is a new charity aiming to bring back equal opportunities to music education, with some of our town’s professional musicians offering free instrumental and singing lessons to children in our primary schools. Todmorden Folk Festival proudly presents this very special launch event, with children from many parts of our community singing a richly coloured musical celebration of our many traditions. Beautiful ancient and modern folksong from England, Ireland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Poland and more is brought to life by Todmorden’s brilliant young voices. The future is right here!

The 4 Hoarse Men

Formed in 2015, The 4 Hoarse Men all hail from the upper Calder valley: Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Heptonstall and sing with several other local groups including Calder Valley Voices, Hepton Singers, Three Valleys Gospel Choir and Menfolk Waits. They sing an eclectic mix of folk, barbershop, self penned and Georgian in accapella harmony. They perform regularly around West Yorkshire including gigs in Huddersfield, Leeds and their own showcase as part of Hebden Bridge Folk Roots festival in 2017. They’re well chuffed to be invited to sing again at a home town festival.

The Masonic Hall

Stan Rogers Concert – presented by Roger Kennington

Todmorden Folk Festival Commission 

(Doors open 12.00)

Stan Rogers, hero of the Canadian folk scene, was killed in 1983 aged only 33. He wrote a catalogue of iconic songs (e.g. Mary Ellen Carter, Barratt’s Privateers, North West Passage) and performed acclaimed versions of other classics. Come and hear about his life and join festival favourites to enjoy (and sing along to) some of Stan Rogers’ most memorable songs. Performers will include Kimber’s Men including John Bromley, Ruth & Sadie Price (with friends from She Shanties), and Karina Knight.

Todmorden Unitarian Church

Melrose Quartet

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.

Kimbers Men

Screen Shot 2017-10-29 at 09.09.41Audiences 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.

TFF Youth Music Award Winners

Ursula and Sasha Glendinning are both classically trained musicians in vocals (Ursula) and guitar/double bass (Sasha). They are twins who have been playing together since they first picked up instruments. They often play music at school concerts and at charity events such as the Honley Summerfest and the Christmas Lights Switch On. Sasha plays double bass in Kirklees Musica Youth Orchestra and Ursula sings in Halifax Young Singers. As part of these groups we have performed in both regional and national competitions such as Music For Youth


The Golden Lion 

The Scattering 

(9.30 pm start with singing session upstairs)

IMG_5399The 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.