They played an - acoustic - blinder!

Des Horsfall and Andy McKerlie played the floods fundraiser in Hebden Bridge as Happy Valley Roots Revival
Des Horsfall and Andy McKerlie played the floods fundraiser in Hebden Bridge as Happy Valley Roots Revival

Musicians and music lovers refused to be beaten when a power cut at the Trades Club meant that a planned flood benefit couldn’t go ahead there in Hebden Bridge.

The ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ kicked in and the gig went ahead anyway. Manager Ollie Smith offered space at at the Old Gate, to the delight of regulars, plus people who had bought advance tickets for the gig and made their way to the alternative venue.

The music was entirely acoustic, with no amplification, and kicked off with local favourites Des Horsfall and Andy McKerlie playing as Happy Valley Roots Revival. Singer songwriter Julian Dawson, who had travelled from Somerset, wowed the crowds with his own compositions and brilliant harmonica playing, and was accompanied by Bradford duo Plumhall – Nick Hall and Michelle Plum, former winners of the Yorkshire Gig Guide’s Outstanding Songwriters Award.

The fundraiser had been a collaboration between the Trades and local agency Doddnaze Artists who organised the show.

Said organiser Dave Boardman: “Everyone played an absolute blinder. I’d already phoned the bands and cancelled, due to the power cut, but people had come from a long way to see them, and to play, so we asked the bands to come anyway, decamped to the Old Gate and put the gig on there.

“Special praise should go to Liz, Big Dave and Del at the Trades, who helped organise the moving of the gig, and put word out, and of course to Ollie Smith at the Old Gate for accommodating a last minute show with such good humour.”

Anybody who bought advance tickets will be offered a refund by the Trades Club.