Folk flair takes root at festival

Hebden Bridge Roots Festival.

Hebden Bridge Roots Festival.

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Visitors flocked from as far as Australia to catch the amazing talent in the line-up at the Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival.

The town was packed as crowds enjoyed music, poetry and street performances. For some performers it was their first opportunity to try out new material. Sarah Courtney performed a Singalong at the Hebden Fringe in the White Lion and loved it so much, she is thinking of continuing it.

Hebden Bridge Roots Festival.

Hebden Bridge Roots Festival.

She said: “I have loved performing at the festival, there were great audiences. I also managed to see the amazing Kathryn Williams and Michelle Stoddart on Friday. It was a spellbinding set. Beautiful, soulful and inspiring.”

The street performances were a highlight of the weekend with Sheffield City Giants, Moaning Lisa, The Peace Artistes, Sowerby Bridge Morris Dancers, Oakenhoof Cloggers of Littleborough, The Thieving Magpies, Hebden Bridge Hill Millies, Royal Preston Ladies Morris, 400 Roses Ladies Morris and Stone the Crows Morris all taking centre stage.

A craft fair at Hebden Bridge Town Hall was also a huge succcess. Jeweller Rachel Lucie said: “This has been my first craft fair in my home town and I am happy to say I have done really well.”

And on Sunday, a Bluegrass Day was held at the Birchcliffe Centre. Organiser Helen Hutchinson said: “Thank you to all my amazing friends and family for making the day a great success. Great bands, great performances and great fun.”

Hebden Bridge Roots Festival. Burek Broithers perform at the Old Gate.

Hebden Bridge Roots Festival. Burek Broithers perform at the Old Gate.

Sunday evening finished off with the ‘Night of the Troubadours’ at Macpelah with Chris Helme. Singer Terry Logan premiered her solo music at the festival, DJ Duende finished off the evening and Socs Blakley recited poetry into the early hours of the morning.

Organisers thanked all who were involved in making the festival a success. An album of songs donated by festival artists will be released on May 31.

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival 2016, picture copyright Craig Shaw/blu planet photography

Moaning Lisa

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival 2016, picture copyright Craig Shaw/blu planet photography Moaning Lisa

Hebden Bridge Roots Festival.Soerby Bridge Morris Man Chris Dean.

Hebden Bridge Roots Festival.Soerby Bridge Morris Man Chris Dean.

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival 2016, picture copyright Craig Shaw/blu planet photography

Michele Stoddart, of the Magic Numbers, playing solo

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival 2016, picture copyright Craig Shaw/blu planet photography Michele Stoddart, of the Magic Numbers, playing solo

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival 2016, picture copyright Craig Shaw/blu planet photography

Sheffield City Giants

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival 2016, picture copyright Craig Shaw/blu planet photography Sheffield City Giants