There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.
There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and “One Day”.
We couldn’t be more excited about having Martin join us for our 5th anniversary festival!
Originally from Wigan and Sheffield Pat and Nuala are experienced singer songwriters, described as the U.K.’s Indigo Girls. Pat and Nuala first combined their musical talents in the highlands of Scotland, organising and performing at music events, festivals and gatherings. Pat and Nuala tour extensively throughout the U.K. often playing sell out gigs to their home crowds in Yorkshire, Lancashire and beyond.
Songs from the heart that stir the soul.
We’ll see Colbalt Tales in our Sunday evening concert.
We have a new venue for our Sunday evening concert. The beautiful Fielden Centre has served us so well over the last few years, but in 2018 we had to admit we outgrew it. We couldn’t be happier with the new venue though – Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre!
This twelve piece women’s shanty crew not only make it obvious that they enjoy a good sing, but they do it ever so well with verve and enterprise. And that joy is conveyed to the audience in buckets!
She Shanties will be singing up a storm in St Mary’s Church in our Sunday afternoon concert.
Three award-winning musicians from Newcastle – Northumbrian piper Andy May (Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Baltic Crossing), guitarist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing) and fiddler Sophy Ball (422, Bottle Bank Band) – come together as the Andy May Trio to play high energy instrumental folk, inspired by the music of their native North East.
A typical performance might include traditional tunes from Northumberland, newly-composed material by all members of the band and an introduction to the pipes, all delivered with a warmth and humour which is sure to draw in both folk aficionados and newcomers alike for a dazzling show filled with virtuosity and energy.
St Marys on Sunday afternoon is where you’ll find this fantastic group.
Bryony Griffith is a highly accomplished English fiddle player and distinctive singer with a broad repertoire of traditional English dance tunes and songs and a passion for delving through the tune and song manuscripts of her native Yorkshire. Her skills and enthusiasm encompass solo performance, duo work with her husband, Will Hampson and extensive experience of playing for folk dancing, including her role in the BBC Folk Award-winning Demon Barbers. She was also a member of the much missed A cappella quartet The witches of Elswick.
Her 2018 album of traditional fiddle tunes ‘Hover’ received 5 star reviews and award nominations including ‘fROOTS Editor’s album of the year’ and Fatea Magazine Instrumentalist of the Year’.
“an affirmation of the time-honoured value of folk music…sublime!” – Colin Irwin – Mojo Magazine
Alice Jones is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer from Ripponden in West Yorkshire. Her background is deeply rooted in the English folk tradition and the music that she makes instantly reflects this strong influence. Alice sings mostly traditional songs accompanying herself on the piano or harmonium and sometimes only with foot percussion. The sensitive and intuitive arrangements of each song allow the stories to take centre stage and, inspired by her beginnings as a percussive dancer, they are loaded with a rhythm and energy that portrays her dancer’s heartbeat. Her distinctive voice and innovative style lends a fresh, modern perspective to traditional material and brings new life to old songs.
“Alice Jones is a seriously impressive singer of traditional songs” fRoots (270)
Heather enjoy performing folk songs, singing in harmony and playing fiddle and guitar, and also whistle and ukulele. Their main musical influence is Kate Rusby as her music fits their personalities and voices very well. Although mainly folk, they sometimes perform ‘pop’ music in a folk style. Heather are not to be missed and won their spot in the festival as runners up in the 2019 Young Musicians Award.