Helen Bytheway: Keyboards, Vocals
Paul Bytheway: Guitar, Vocals
Influenced heavily by contemporary folk, 50s rock n roll and especially pop and soul music from the 60s, Manchester-based quintet The Retrosettes are the quintessential “big in Europe” band – for example touring Germany with Simply Red and playing to huge crowds there. They went back on tour around Europe in March 2017 and released their debut album ‘1, 2, Yes, Go!’ which was album of the week on several major radio stations in Germany.
For their Wainsgate gig, lead singers Paul and Helen Bytheway will appear as an acoustic duo performing intimate versions of their album tracks, some quirky covers and some exclusive new songs never performed by the full band. Their laid-back, feel-good vibes and their individual style captures and entrances their audiences, especially in live concerts.
The Retrosettes inject contemporary music with a retro flavour and revive the past within a modern landscape. Their music has been described as combining modernity and vintage in a cool, elegant mix of sounds from 1960s Pop, Northern Soul and Disco. It seamlessly echoes the era of The Beatles but nonetheless blends perfectly into the present day.
Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April at Wainsgate Chapel, Hebden Bridge
This is a brilliant opportunity to work with Karen Nelson from the USA. She has been involved in the development of contact improvisation and numerous movement improvisation practices since 1976… more details will follow on the workshop, but don’t miss this rare chance to work with this inspirational teacher.
For more information please email Rob Hopper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Nelson’s 40-year dance and performance practice has been directly influenced by Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Lisa Nelson, and their respective work in Contact Improvisation, Material for the Spine and Tuning Scores, and through collaboration with many others in venues around the world.
As a dancer/choreographer, performer, teacher and organizer, she co-founded Joint Forces Dance Co, Breitenbush Jam, Dance Ability, Diverse Dance Research Retreat, and the performance group Image Lab, among other projects. Image Lab, including Scott Smith, K.J. Holmes, Lisa Nelson and Karen, intensively developed Tuning Scores for nearly a decade in the 1990s. They performed “observatories” in the US, Europe and Asia, spawning other Tuning projects that continue to this day.
Karen was an annual guest teacher for many years at the Schools for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and Arnhem, The Netherlands, and made numerous visits to Bates Dance Festival, Seattle Festival of Improvisation, Movement Research, Moving’s View, Acapella Motion and other festivals and schools in North America, Europe, South America and Asia.
Her current studies with various others include Russell Delman’s Embodied Life ™ fusing meditation, Feldenkrais ™ Awareness Through Movement and Embodied Dialogue/Focusing. She first graduated from the Embodied Life School in 2014 and teaches this work both stand alone, and happily entwined with dancing in retreats, workshops and on-going classes.
She has received awards for choreography and research from National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, National Performance Network, Wild Woods Foundation, Vashon Allied Arts, On the Boards NW New Works and private supporters.
Saturday 10 March 10:00-18:00 Wainsgate Chapel, Hebden Bridge
When we are inspired by moving and dancing, we might look for deepening clarity in that pursuit, as a vocation, profession or calling:
How do we use the inner compass to identify what we find truly satisfying in dance without it holding us back from life itself? This workshop aims to navigate towards the livelihood we truly want through physical exercises, discussion and reflection.
Workshop facilitator Thomas Goodwin teaches movement, contemporary dance and floor work. He has assisted and facilitated community dance projects with Protein Dance and Rosemary Lee Projects, rehearsal directed for companies such as Scottish Dance Theatre, and sometimes performs. He has an ongoing practice of embodiment, meditation, nature connection, straight-talking and diving into the heart of the matter.
For more information, please see: www.northstarworkshop. wordpress.com
For booking email email@example.com
RECOMMENDED AGE 14+ DUE TO STRONG LANGUAGE AND ADULT THEMES
Poet/Spoken Word Artist Jemima Foxtrot grew up in and around Hebden Bridge. Her new show follows her stunning debut Edinburgh Fringe show Melody which she performed to a spell-bound audience at Wainsgate in 2015.
A woman stands in front of a microphone. She can’t remember the punchline.
Fusing poetry and song, award-winning Unholy Mess return with a funny, strange and poignant play about growing up and inescapable truths. Performance poet Jemima Foxtrot takes you on a powerful journey exploring memory, childhood and what happens when we can’t quite get the story right.
“The brilliant Foxtrot is the one to watch” The Observer
“a glittering show, a gem in every sense, a shining thing” The Stage on Melody
Writer-Performer: Jemima Foxtrot
Writer-Director: Lucy Allan
Designer: Mayou Trikerioti
Choreographer: Tara D’Arquian
Sound and Poetry Consultant: Hannah Silva
Associate Producer: Felicity Paterson
The Breath is Stuart McCallum (former guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Ríoghnach (pron. REE uh nah) Connolly and McCallum’s fellow Cinematic alumni, pianist John Ellis and drummer Luke Flowers. Born out of Manchester’s fertile music scene they mix Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks. Connolly’s soulful vocals are interwoven into the electronic fabric of McCallum’s distinctive soundworld. In turns hypnotic, lush, powerfully raw and raucously punchy, their songs entrance, uplift and break your heart as The Breath conjure a kaleidoscope of sound that perfectly frames Connolly’s raw songs and soul cleansing vocals.
Drawing on the influences of traditional Irish folk song, Connolly’s original lyrics pour forth from her own life in a torrent of meaning. She sings songs of birth and death, woman’s rights, first love, the call of motherhood, the death of men at sea and post-colonial wrongs. All delivered with compelling emotional honesty and a raw urgency as McCallum, Ellis and Flowers delve deeply into the spaces between rock, ambient, folk and jazz to deliver a powerfully hypnotic accompaniment that moves from chilled soundscapes to rocking anthems. Recorded in Manchester and at Real World Studios and mixed by sound guru Tchad Blake, The Breath’s debut album ‘Carry Your Kin’ is released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records in July 2016.
Award-winning poets Rachel McCrum and Caroline Bird, both acclaimed poets in their own right, are teaming up for a double headliner spoken word show, touring venues in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland reading poems from their most recent collections.
Rachel McCrum – The First Blast To Awaken Women Degenerate
The eagerly anticipated debut collection from the award-winning Rachel McCrum. Recognised as one of Scotland’s highest profile poets and performers, her first collection asks questions of displacement and of the elasticity of space; of human defensiveness and of animal aggression; of inertia and movement: of threat and of resistance. What happens when we raise our voices? What happens when we are no longer heard?
Caroline Bird – In These Days of Prohibition
In her fifth collection of poetry Caroline Bird surrenders her poetic weaponry and goes on a quest to write the ‘simple truth’. The surreal imagery of her early work is re-deployed to venture into the badlands of the human psyche. Her poems hold their subjects in an unflinching grip, addressing faces behind the veneer, asking what it is that keeps us living. In These Days of Prohibition are days of intoxication and inebriation, rehab in a desert and adultery for atheists, until finally Bird edges us out of danger, ‘revving on a wish’.
Paddy Garrigan and the Stroller Priests are a three piece band from Ulverston and Lancaster, featuring songwriter Paddy on guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonium and piano; Ben McCabe on drums, french horn and backing vocals: and Darren Leadsom on bass and backing vocals.
The band’s music is best described as alt-folk/rock. Story songs with great melodies, occasional wig outs and pleasant squawks. Sea monsters, James Joyce, the afterlife, Dad’s Army, the stoned freaks in the town centre and the universe blues are just some of what awaits the listener, set to a deftly musical soundtrack of runaway grunge, barreling (or barrelhousing) rock’n’roll, mandolin dub, melodious folk and epic guitar heroics.
Paddy Garrigan – Vocals/Guitar/Mandolin
Darren Leadsom – Bass/Backing Vocals
Ben McCabe – Drums/Backing Vocals
REVIEWS OF DEBUT ALBUM ‘I JUMPED SHIP’
“Absolutely awesome record, been singing it for days.” – Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music) on ‘Sea Monsters’, played on his BBC6 Introducing and Saturday night show
“Bonkers but amiable three piece from the far north of England take two years plus to produce a debut which has some trouser-bursting brass and lots of chutzpah. Mandolin ska folk psychedelia doesn’t even make a halfway decent description. Off the wall and up the alley.” fRoots Magazine
Inspired by the idyllic setting of Wainsgate Chapel in Old Town, with far reaching views into the surrounding valleys around Hebden Bridge and in the centre of Brontë country in West Yorkshire, Ciara Sturges (Londonstonestudio) and Wainsgate studio resident Rob Hopper have brought together a cohort of folk to create a memorable inclusive event in the Hebden Bridge calendar for 2017.
The Chapel itself is host to a number of local artists including Alan Coulson, Sally Dawson Amanda Farrell and Amanda Allan. Ciara and Rob have curated a selection of makers and artists to showcase their original designs and products at the chapel on July 8th 2017, hosted alongside the Hebden Bridge Open Studios weekend where you can see the paintings and portraits of Alan, Sally and Amanda and the temporary installation ‘Vessels’ installed in the chapel interior by artist Komal Lad and Amanda Allan. There will be live music to add to the mood with tea, buns and indulgent cakes. Or you may be tempted to soften the day with one of the fantastic gins and mixers, beers or wine selected for the day by the lovely Elly and Sean from the station’s Pig and Barrel Pop up Pub.
Come and pay us a visit – it will be well worth your while.
Chongololo – African Fabrics and Knitting
Kempadoo Millar – Flat Caps
Becky Pytchces – Paintings and cards
Londonstonestudio – prints and textiles
Rob Hopper – Ceramics
Komal Lad and Amanda Allan present Vessels. Artist talk, bird-making workshop and refreshments.
Join an artist as he journeys through the euphoric highs and the self-destructive lows of his creative cycles. Folktronic singer-songwriter Minute Taker and animation artist Ana Stefaniak have created a haunting, modern fable told through projected film and live piano songs, brimming with ethereal harmonies, fizzing synthesisers and orchestral twists.
Frances M Lynch sings spectacular stories, highlighting outstanding achievements by pioneering UK female scientists. An Edinburgh Fringe 2016 award-winning show, with music ancient and modern, specially commissioned from some of the UK’s leading female composers.
Charlie Carr: vocals
Dave Nelson: piano
Teal Bain-Roben: drums
Remo Ciofani: bass
Charlie Carr and jazz pianist Dave Nelson have worked as a duo since 2014 and as well as writing several songs together, have also produced some unusual and fascinating arrangements of tunes not normally found in the jazz repertoire. These include songs originally sung by REM, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, the Beatles and many more.
Earlier this year Dave and Charlie expanded the line up to include the excellent Hebden Bridge-based rhythm section of Teal Bain-Roben and Remo Ciofani.
With a track record for being intensely intimate and seriously fun-filled, allotment-swing-acoustic trio The Magic Beans have an ear for a quirky cover and the imagination to take it in a completely new direction. Their rootsy originals draw influence from folk, jazz and world music traditions and sit comfortably alongside the eclectic songs that they cover and their unique way of reimagining them.
“The Magic Beans trade in transformation. That is, they distill the essence of unlikely pop songs with just a supple string bass (Matt Owens, the best in the business) and lyrical acoustic guitar (the tasteful Ulrich Elbracht). The pair interweave seamlessly, and, most important of all, leave lots of room for singer Zoe Kyoti. In this environment, Zoe blossoms like an exotic bloom, and is relaxed, confident and, not to put too fine a point on it, divine.” (Mike Butler – Dyverse Music)
“Blues, roots, Ratpack-style swing and theatre…An album that shows not only raw musical talent across the genres and innovation in lyrics and melody…as fun and upbeat as it is solemn and sultry.” (Nickie Shobeiry – Music Muso)
“Uli Elbracht & Matt Owens are self-effacing accompanists: they provide minimal velvet for the jewel of Zoe Kyoti’s voice, which is magical in its smoothness, nuance and tenderness” (MEN)