Music agency backs the work of White Ribbon
A NEW music agency set up in Hebden Bridge is showing its support for worthwhile causes by highlighting them on its website.
Doddnaze Artists is the brainchild of Viv and Dave Boardman, who named the agency after the area of Hebden Bridge they live in. Doddnaze Artists aim to get gigs locally and further afield for acts based in the Upper Calder Valley, plus some from the couple’s home town of Liverpool.
Dave has booked bands on to the town’s Trades Club for many years and has now decided that there is so much talent in the area that it was time someone started to promote local bands across a wider area.
Local acts include Molly Jones and Lee Southall, Hebden Bridge legends The Owter Zeds, The Electric Brains, Creedy and Menwith Folk. From Liverpool there is socialist singer-songwriter Alun Parry and arguably the country’s best interpreters of the works of Jacques Brel – Dead Belgian. “It is not enough just to go into business though,” said Viv. “We aim to make it clear we are part of Hebden Bridge and pleased to support what goes on here, including The White Ribbon Campaign and The Trades Club, the best small venue in the land in our opinion.
“So people visiting our website can easily find links to these and others like Folk Against Fascism.
“As the banks and various big non-taxing businesses have shown recently, business without responsibility is very damaging to the rest of us.” Viv has worked as a support worker for several charities that protect the victims of domestic violence, so supporting the White Ribbon Campaign was not a difficult choice.
They see the immensely creative community of the Upper Calder Valley as ideal for their new venture.
Dave said: “Hebden Bridge is full of artists, poets, musicians and writers. We want to help promote this creative culture by getting gigs for some of our creative musicians.
“Molly and Lee, for example are top quality songwriters and Molly has a voice to die for. I spent years trying to bring the best musicians to Hebden Bridge, now it’s time to take local acts further afield.”
Dave is also the artistic director of Hebden Bridge Folk Roots which will bring acts like The Albion Band and Changing Horses to the town from November 9 to 11 to play alongside some of the finest local musicians. At some point Dave and Viv are planning to create a Hebden Bridge On Tour project taking some of the creative talent of the area to festivals around the country to showcase talent and promote the valley’s creative industries. Doddnaze Artists can be found on www.doddnaze.co.uk.
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