Artist Update: Tiny Minds

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We’re really excited to welcome local band The Tiny Minds to the festival bill this year.

The Tiny Minds are a 3 piece band from Hebden Bridge, whose folk, blues and psychedelia soaked pop reflect their tranquil and unique surroundings.

Described by DNA festival as ‘dreamy pop rock’, with ‘influential swoon’…

https://soundcloud.com/the-tiny-minds

Artist Update: The Lottery Winners

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“Born in Salford and raised on romance, The Lottery Winners can be found at the exact midpoint between the North West’s dual musical Meccas of Manchester and Liverpool. Though Liverpool and Manchester have claimed many a legendary artist as their own, more often than not they hailed from somewhere betwixt the two, somewhere beneath Blake’s ‘dark satanic mills’, somewhere in Lancashire, somewhere called Leigh. The birthplace of Georgie Fame and the Buzzcocks’ Pete Shelley, Leigh has done it again, spawning the best live band to emerge from the North-West in a generation:The Lottery Winners.”

We’re fantastically excited to be able to announce that The Lottery Winners will be joining the bill for a headline set at Heptonstall Festival this year. If you haven’t managed to catch these guys yet, you’re in for a real treat as this indie- pop quartet blend momentous melodies with wistful and insightful lyrics.

“The songs are the most important thing in the world to me, if they’re ever even a tiny fraction as important to other people, I’ll die a very happy man.” Thomas Rylance, frontman and songwriter.

Although the band have played extensively live, supporting the likes of The Futureheads, Jamie Cullum, The Charlatans and The Enemy, building up a loyal family of fans in the process, they’ve kept studio releases to a minimum. A very limited edition debut EP, Somebody Loved You, was released in April 2013 and those lucky enough to get their hands on a copy were rewarded with five nuggets of perfectly formed singalong gold, every lyric and guitar hook lovingly crafted with microscopic precision.

Have a listen for yourself:

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Artist Update: Featherteeth

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Local duo Featherteeth are added to the bill for the Heptonstall festival this year, bringing their unique blend of avant-garde psychedelic rock to the festival line-up.

 

Brothers, Daz and Rew Brown, began playing in bands together in the early 90s starting with Heywood based death metal band Eternal Fear.  Then, with a change in direction, towards avant-garde psychedelic rock, went on to be in another four bands together;  Mr Lucky Bags, who experimented with tape loops and samples, ambient wild-track and found sounds along with guitar, vocals, bass and drums. Phorm, who were a Bristol based three piece consisting of guitar, vocals, bass and drums.  Egg Tent, which included flute and saxophone. As well as Cookie Cutter who incorporated an electronic/dance element.  One thing which remained consistent throughout each incarnation of the band was the unique sound that the Brown brothers had been constantly developing over twenty years.  So when Cookie Cutter split up, the decision was made to continue as a two piece utilising and experimenting with looping and guitar synth technology, and Featherteeth was born.

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Check them out here:

https://soundcloud.com/featherteeth

Artist Update: Neil Bob Herd

We’re really excited to announce of of the headline acts for the festival this year, Neal Bob Herd.

A founder member of the Alt.Bluegrass outfit The Coal Porters, NBH is also one of their principal songwriters. As a solo performer, he’s been called a “Scots Billy Bragg” literate, witty and barbed by turns. Proclaiming it vocally, with guitar rich in twang & tremolo, and a wry, dry way between the songs, he’s an all-rounder with real emotional depth in his writing, plus a well-developed sense of fun.

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“Herd’s “Farmers’ Hands” nearly steals the show” No Depression

“Fine Original Compositions” Properganda

New EP “Unsolicited Recordings” available now

www.cattlecallmusic.com

HEPTONSTALL FESTIVAL 2014

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This year’s Heptonstall Festival will take place on Saturday 20 September and will build on the tremendous success that was the 2013 festival. There will again be two stages (on Weaver Square and in the old church ruins) along with the fun-filled morning children’s parade and an evening’s classical concert. This year’s theme is The Wizard of Oz, so dig out those red shoes and remember – there’s no place like home! Continue reading

The Village Team – Recent Event Updates

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IF‘Wonderful food, lovely atmosphere’ –  just some of the comments from our guests at this event.

The day was rounded off with the arrival of local resident and published poet Michael Crowley who came to talk through the next Poetry and Cake event organised by Eileen Barnes 87.

Pop it in your diary Sunday 7th of September 1.30 at the Bowling Club.

See fliers for details.

Many thanks to The Heptonstall Village Team for arranging transport to those who require it.

 

 

Cake and Conversation with the Shaggy Dog Storytellers – Sunday 10 August 2014

There were over 70 people present on the day… it was pouring with rain outside… but warm and welcoming in the Bowling Club as guests were entertained with songs and music from the Shaggy Dog Storytellers.  Nora 92…. stole the show with her wonderful voice and even more outrageous sense of humour.

Young and old (Paige 6 months,  Phyliss Walstow 100 and 2 weeks!) enjoyed the cake and sandwiches prepared by The Heptonstall Village Team,  and we all laughed at the wonderful tales told by the Shaggy Dog Storytellers.

This was one of a series of events designed to provide a varied, interesting and entertaining calender of social events for our elderly.  If you want to find out more, suggest ideas for us for the future, volunteer or help us with raffle prizes look at the team’s web pages.

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Lunch Club at the Cross Inn – July 2014

 

 

Lunch Club at The Cross Inn – June 2014

 

 

Cake and Conversation – March 2014

 

 

Christmas Lunch – December 2013

 

What’s in Your Attic – Pennine Horizons – Preserving the Past for Future Generations

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As part of our ‘Preserving the Past for Future Generations’ initiative Pennine Horizons Digital Archive will be hosting a ‘Scan-2-Save’ event.

Local residents have a wealth of old photographs which we would love to make copies of and save in our collection.

If you have anything that you would like to share then please get in touch with us or just bring the item(s) along to one of these events, where we will have the facility to make a copy right there and then, meaning that you will be able to take the originals home with you.

Saturday 23rd August drop-in between 10 am & 2 pm

Heptonstall Museum, Church Yard Bottom, Heptonstall  HX7 7PL

This is a crucial part of what the PHDA is about, which is preserving our past for the benefit of future generations.

We are already indebted to so many local residents for allowing us to copy what is often, to them, a cherished possession, adding as it does to this fast growing Community Archive.