Roots festival brings international sounds

Getting together for a great festival of music at Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival
Getting together for a great festival of music at Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival

Back again for 2015 the Hebden Bridge Folk Roots festival will be bringing an international feel to the area for three days from 15 May.

The festival will be held in the centre of Hebden amidst the beautiful and vibrant surroundings that inspire so many local artists and musicians.

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots festival brings together a community of folk music ranging from homegrown Yorkshire talent to acts from America’s deep South.

The excitement starts on Friday May 15 with plenty of different events to tempt visitors along.

The Hope Baptist Chapel will play host to a lineup of Molly Tilston, Taste Buds & BBC Folk favourites Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker.

At the Town Hall The Factoryline will present ‘Songs of the Sea’ with poetry from John Siddique and a Shanties sing along.

A wide range of international musicians will be performing over the three days,

Hebden Folk Roots Americana promises to be one of the main attractions of the event on the Saturday evening at the Hope Baptist Chapel.

My Sweet Patootie is an acoustic roots group from rural Ontario bringing twining vocal harmonies, monstrous fingerstyle guitar, fiddle, percussion and abundant charisma together.

From closer to home the Leeds based Holcombe Family String Band will be in attendance bringing to life ragtime, hot jazz, hokum and western swing of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.

Former Emmerdale star Ursula Holden Gill an award winning acress and voted Best Newcomer at 2012 British Awards for Storytelling Excellence will be performing her show ‘My Mate Rumpelstiltskin’ at Stubbing Wharf on May 16 at 8pm.

Ursula is a highly gifted storyteller as well as being an insightful comedienne and a talented musician.

Former member of hit band, The Coral, Lee Southall, will be performing songs from his forthcoming debut solo album. A pop star in his mid teens Lee has since settled into life in the Calder Valley.

Many local performers will also be on show including Lucy and the Caterpillar, The Tiny Minds, Creedy, Brian Toberman, Fiona Love, The Cobblestones, James Bragg and more. There are a number of workshops happening over the weekend from a French dance, storytelling, dry stone walling, hurdle making to African drumming.

Music can be found all over Hebden Bridge with performances in The White Swan, The Oldgate, Stubbing Wharf, Fox and Goose, The Crown during the day and into the evening.

For more details on the event and to purchase the £25 weekend ticket or single tickets to the paid events please visit