Music and fair trade at St Thomas

Two choirs will sing music including Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor at a concert at St Thomas Church, Heptonstall during the annual Fair Trade weekend.

The Halifax Chamber Choir and Leeds Guild of Singers will also perform music by Ravel, Mauersberger and others on Saturday, November 15 at 8pm. Tickets will cost £8 on the door (concessions £6).

The Fair Trade event will open on Friday, November 14, and run until Sunday, November 16. A wide variety of Traidcraft goods will be available including toys, food, Christmas cards and much more.

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A Celebration of Sylvia Plath

A Celebration of Sylvia Plath in music, poetry, and readings will be held on Sunday, 15 December, followed by a party with klezmer/gypsy music, including the first performance of a new piece by local musicians. Starts at 4pm at the White Lion pub, Heptonstall.

Who are Nizlopi?

Nizlopi“Political, intense, angular, and beautiful” according to Colin Murray, BBC Radio 1.

“The real thing” according to the Guardian.

But who are our Festival headliners?

Festival organiser Matt explains what Heptonstall can expect:

“They are John Parker and Luke Concannon, a duo whom when you close your eyes, sound like a four piece, folk hip-hop band, on Devine fire.

“They are most widely known, for being the underground, independent act, that topped the UK and Irish charts with ‘The JCB song’ in 2005. However they offer far more than this one song, having recorded two albums and four EP’s, this soulful, passionate, and articulate pair, go for broke with their writing and playing.

“It is skilled, sonorous, Double bass beat box, acoustic roots rap and they have long had a fierce reputation for inspiring, moving live shows.

Having been doing their own things for the past 4 years, they have come back together to enjoy playing for folk this Summer and Autumn with some new songs, including Material from Luke’s new album ‘Give It all’.

“They play, joyful, honest, atavistic heavenly folk stories; from heart cracked open Love songs, to their people power invocation ‘England Uprise!’ John Martyn and Danny Thompson, meet The Roots, meet Ani Di Franco.”