Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival on May 10-12 is run by a group of musicians, enthusiasts and folk-loving people. We are a mix of creatives living in Hebden Bridge. This festival has been created organically, and is connected to the heart of the community. It is exciting to see it grow and evolve bringing in a wonderful mix of artists, dancers, storytellers and musicians.
Main Stages are Hope Baptist Chapel and The Trades Club.
Town Folk is curated by the founder of our festival, Brian Toberman, and brings you free entry live music in pubs and bars around Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd over the whole weekend.
Saturday Lunchtime Live features a selection of artists from past appearances at the regular monthly events.
Main Stage artists include Kathryn Williams & Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers), Merry Hell, Cajun Aces, Howlin’ Johnny and the Devil Rejects, 309’s, Keith Donnelly, Manouche North, Birds and Beasts, Henry Parker, Kimber’s Men, Rakish Paddy, Tritor, David Broad Trio, Cobalt Tales, Phil Dirt and The Heavy Machine, Redwood River Band, The Landlubbers, Old Time Rags, Morris Sides, Ghost School, Red Hippo.
Town Folk line-up will be finalised at the beginning of May. So far we have String Thing, Leslie Davidoff, Marcus Bull, Joachim Lund, Clout, Peter Dilley, Reggie & The Krayfish, Doggerland, Vision Thing, Rock Salt, Chris Mather, Outside The Box, Almighty Sound, Eddie Foster, Ian Lord, Ian & Gill, Trixxi Corish, Jane Clare, Dawn Bramley, Lhamo, Ste Leech, Neil Bennet, Jacky’s Fantastic, Lyn & Lizzy, Water & Earth, Sian & Steve, Hannah & Sean, Dogwood Rose, Midnight Train, Shabby Cats, Charlie Hula, Martin McCroarty, Wierd & Gilly, Barry Smith, Jimmy Raftery, Yohan Band Of Captives, Molly Tilston, Joe Tilston, TC & The Swing Cats, Karl Theobald, Phatbass, Ava Burgess, Flat 5, Dave Morecambe, Famous Slippermen, with several more venues still to be scheduled in!
Lunchtime Live is producing a special ‘Hebden Folk Roots Festival’ line-up for your enjoyment. There will be the wonderful Henry Parker, beautiful Katie Spencer, Wildman himself Jack Parker, druid James Turner and the amazingly talented Calder Youth Folk. Entry is with the Hebden Folk Roots Festival Pass or contributions to the artists via our bucket.
Fiona from Happy4pr, has put together an afternoon of spoken word featuring storyteller David Nixon who will be presenting an afternoon of equine verse and frivolity at The White Lion on Sunday Afternoon. Joining him will be Keiron ‘rebel without a prose’ Higgins, Socs Blakely, Isaac Hughes Dennis plus open spots for anyone to join in.
Drink? will be hosting book-your-own-gig, just sign up with them during the weekend for a slot then turn up and play!
Morris Dancing will be ongoing around the town on Saturday and Sunday.
Workshops and Family Entertainment on Saturday and Sunday includes a Maypole Dancing Workshop from Michael Wray, a Children’s Concert by Keith Donnelly, and an Indian Folk Dance Workshop And Demonstration by Annapurna.