An annual series of concerts is hosted by Dave Nelson at Wainsgate, where musicians (sometimes poets) and audiences alike can make the most of the Chapel’s near-perfect acoustic.
Saturday April 23 3pm £6/£4/£2 (18 and under)
Amanda Dalton and Carola Luther
Join these two fabulous poets to celebrate the launch of Amanda Dalton’s Notes on Water (Smith|Doorstop 2022) and to hear Carola Luther read from her recent collection On The Way To Jerusalem Farm (Carcanet 2021). Refreshments include cakes and beer! FIND OUT MORE
Sunday April 24 3pm £11/£9/£4 (18 and under)
Union Jill are a Yorkshire-based female acoustic duo with over a decade of festival and folk club experience. As singers, instrumentalists and songwriters, they bring a sense of storytelling with their songs, with vocals that produce spellbinding effects with their rich harmonies. FIND OUT MORE
Helen Turner: guitar, voice
Sharon Jagger: guitar, voice
“Stunning duo, great musicianship, harmonies and presentation, songs both thought-provoking and entertaining.” Topic Folk Club
Saturday 14 May 3pm £11/£9/£4 (18 and under)
Neil C. Young Trio
Soulful and melodic jazz
Triple longlisted Grammy nominated entrant, UK-based fusion guitarist Neil C Young has established himself as a composer, arranger and musician on both the UK scene and on the international stage. His Trio was formed in 2005 and has continued to perform at venues up and down the length of the UK. FIND OUT MORE
‘….one of Britain’s best-kept jazz secrets.’ Zeffirellis, Ambleside.
‘Touches your heart and sets your hair on fire!’ CriticalJazz.com
‘Full of soul and energy’ – Just Jazz Guitar Magazine
Sunday 22 May 3pm £11/£9/£4 (18 and under)
Les Gillon and the Agents of Karma
with support Jenny Bromley
Debut gig for this new acoustic sextet based in Hebden Bridge. Les Gillon is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who is best known as frontman of the alt-rock band Fez, as well as featuring in a number of well-loved Calder Valley acts, including Ghost School and Fire Tower 4. This new venture takes his music into a whole new context, by bringing together a group of great musicians from the worlds of jazz, classical and folk music. The result is a unique sound, sometimes intimate, sometimes cinematic, that defies categorisation and underpins the lyrical intensity of the songs. FIND OUT MORE
Les Gillon: guitar, vocals, songwriter
Netty Berry: guitar, vocal
Alex McCune: percussion, vocals
Stephen Shulman: violin
Julia Farrants: ‘cello
Dave Nelson: piano
Jenny Bromley is breathing fresh nuance into songs self-penned many moons ago. Expect themes of darkness, deceit and despair, intertwined with dreams, destiny and desire.
Experience her raw splendour and intense performance of lusty vocals, with a delivery that can hush and bewitch a throng.
Saturday June 18 3pm £11/£9/£4 (18 and under)
Baroque and Contemporary flutes
Spirited Flutes invites you to immerse in an evocative and intriguing tour portraying historical periods, cultures and musical styles. The concert presents a variety of flutes made of wood, metal and clay playing solo works, duos and a seven-movement piece for different flutes and electronics. FIND OUT MORE
Jennifer Cohen, Carmen Troncoso & Desmond Clarke
Sunday June 26 3pm £11/£9/£4 (18 and under)
The Horse Puppets
The Horse Puppets are an indie/folk quartet from Manchester fronted by Paul and Helen Bytheway formerly of the Retrosettes who performed at Wainsgate in 2018. Bringing together steel guitar, violin, piano, double bass, and goosebump-inducing vocal harmonies.
“you hear a resemblance in sound to The Lumineers and Fleetwood Mac. But, honestly, you can’t really compare this band to any other” Matt and Freds
Saturday September 17 3pm £11/£9/£4 (18 and under)
Flute and strings trio
Classical recital from this flute, violin and viola trio fronted by Wainsgate favourite Meera Maharaj. More information to follow, but the programme definitely includes Beethoven’s beautiful Serenade in D major Op.25. FIND OUT MORE
Ruth Heney: violin
Rebecca Stubbs: viola
Meera Maharaj: flute
Saturday September 24 3pm £11/£9/£4 (18 and under)
Dan Sealey, Carol Hodge double header
A fantastic double bill!. Dan Sealey started his career with folk rock band Ocean Colour Scene, touring the world and playing headline slots at major festivals for over a decade. He also co-founded Merrymouth with Simon Fowler. His current tour features music from all the bands he’s been involved with, the often hilarious stories he’s amassed along the way and also songs from his upcoming album.
The extraordinary singer, songwriter and 7-fingered pianist Carol Hodge performed at Wainsgate to great acclaim last October. For those who missed her, imagine Regina Spektor meets Billy Bragg, but with fewer digits and a continuous existential crisis sandwiched between bitter irony and relentless optimism.
Sunday October 2 3pm £11/£9/£4 (18 and under)
Atlas Bridge came to life in the Sparrow Café in Bradford drawing from their shared love of good tunes, good songs and a willingness to keep the show on the road no matter what. Their name, with its roots from Greek mythology for the Atlantic Ocean or Atlantis Sea, echoes the bridge and deep-rooted musical connections between Irish and other Celtic folk traditions and the Americana/Appalachian music and song that is reflected in their repertoire.
Expect engaging, high energy, lively tune sets interspersed with thought-provoking songs. With a multitude of different instruments between them and a fresh approach to more familiar material as well as vocal variety, there is plenty of interest here!
Becky Taylor: Uilleann pipes, Northumbrian Smallpipes, Whistles and Mandolin
Madeline Andrew: Vocals, 5-string Banjo, Guitar, Bodhran and Whistle
Steve Lacey: Guitar and Vocals
Becky Taylor: “Probably one of the greatest exponents on the Irish pipes in England today”
“She’s a musical genius and a lovely, lovely, lovely player” Mike Harding, The Mike Harding Folk Show
Sunday October 16 3pm £11/£9/£4 (18 and under)
Kwa Zulu song meets Leeds Jazz
The pounding rhythms of Africa blended with the explosive energy of a 7-piece band. This vibrant group of Zulu performers combined with seasoned musicians from the UK mix ancient tradition with contemporary flare. Ubunye deliver a soulful, goose bump inducing performance of original pieces cleverly fused with South African songs. It is a fantastic multi-cultural experience.
“Ubunye is a joyous celebration and proof, should it be needed, of the creative energy and unity possible when cultures meet through the medium of music. Rejoicing in their wide-ranging backgrounds, ages and styles, they were a surefire hit with the audience, uplifting the soul with their close vocal harmonies, undulating rhythms, and affirmative lyrics, and with a powerful facility to reach and affect listeners far beyond the reaches of jazz.” Steve Mead, Artistic Director, Manchester Jazz Festival
Saturday October 29 3pm £11/£9/£4 (18 and under)
Beware of Trains
Chamber pop and music hall
The theatrical parlour pop and classical folk of Beware of Trains is a spirited collaboration between Yorkshire-born singer/songwriter and producer Leighton Jones (former composer and keyboardist with Celtic Fusion group the Peatbog Faeries) and Scottish singer Marie Claire Breen (“A soprano of rare fluency” The Daily Mail). For this performance the Calder Valley-based duo are joined by the Ariana String Quartet.
“chamber pop and music hall for hopeless romantics…shimmering strings, heavenly harmonies and a dollop of Disney on the side.”
Sunday October 30 3pm £11/£9/£4 (18 and under)
Beauty and the Beast: A juxtaposition of our Industrial Heritage and Nature experienced through ambient jazz piano, electronics and video
A journey through industrial history, a sneaky peek inside obsolete and derelict mills, factories, power and chemical plants, tracing the steps from primitive industry to modern industrial plant and then to its demise. The piece is a kaleidoscopic trippy montage of images, sounds and live and processed piano in eight movements. The last movement gives an example of how repurposing industrial and urban sites can provide hope for the future and demonstrates how beautiful things can grow from the desolation of our industrial heritage.
The piece was commissioned by Hebden Bridge Piano Festival for the 2020 festival and is written and performed by Phil Taylor. Because of the pandemic this is its first performance.
Beauty and the Beast was written in memory of Phil’s civil partner Tim Taylor Willson who was a much-loved, very active member of the Piano Festival’s Board and one of its most enthusiastic advocates.