Hebden folk to keep your eye on at this year’s roots festival

Des Horsfall
Des Horsfall

Des Horsfall

Des has worked with various Roots and Country-Rock band line-ups since the late 70s, Des has had, in his own words,“a few skirmishes with fame.”

In the mid 80s he fronted Blues-Rock band Raw Deal.

In the 1990s Des was to be seen in hit videos and as the opening act for Joe Ely, Steve Earle,Emmylou Harris,Chuck Prophet and many others.

After reemerging from a decade in studio engineering Des is currently undertaking acoustic duo dates with various guests, the occasional full band and solo gigs.

Lucy & The Caterpillar

A name you might be familiar with, having been a regular around the north’s music scene a few years ago, earning herself much mainstream press in the process.

Lucy & The Caterpillar have played alongside the likes of Adele, Florence and Laura Marling among others.

After taking a brief hiatus, to open her own vintage boutique shop in Hebden Bridge, also named Lucy and the Caterpillar, and launching her own clothing label ‘Lucille’, Lucy is now back with new music.

My Sweet Patootie

Complete with tall tales and corny jokes, My Sweet Patootie delivers a modern-day music hall experience.

Terry Young, Sandra Swannell and Bradford Nowak are skilled performers using a ditzy-like-a-fox approach to their craft

Their upbeat show is a carnival ride with good-time finger-snapping tunes and carefully placed heartfelt ballads.

Their vintage-style songwriting is rooted in folk and americana with a penchant for light-hearted satire and influenced by the likes of Chet Atkins, Lenny Breau, Les Paul & Mary Ford and the Andrews Sisters.

Tale Of Two Counties

Three Lancashire Lads and a Yorkshireman bring their own individual take on Folk/Bluegrass.

Already making a name for themselves with the likes of supporting John Gomm and appearing on Keston Cobblers Club’s UK Tour the boys are exploding on to the unsigned Folk artist scene.

Josienne Clark & Ben Walker

Double BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their command of many instruments.

Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne looks to find the nuance in the simplest phrase.

Ben’s musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage.

Manitoba Hal

Manitoba Hal is an accomplished musician and songwriter, best known for using his ukulele for powerful blues riffs and melodies.

Hal uses a looping technology to produce a one-man-band experience, adding subtle but important background beats to his ukulele.

Hal writes his own blues tunes, and also covers traditional songs after giving them his own flavor.

As a big blues man with a tiny ukulele, Manitoba Hal makes music with this instrument like no other.

Lee Southall

Former member of hit band, The Coral, Lee Southall, will be appearing with songs from his forthcoming debut solo album.

Lee was a pop star in his mid teens and has since settled into life in the Calder Valley.

An excellent guitarist and songwriter, Lee’s debut album is eagerly anticipated by fans of the The Coral and others who have caught glimpses of his talent at occasional gigs since then.