A MEDLEY of music and merriment is lined up as the Holmfirth Festival of Folk returns for a weekend of fun.
For centuries people in England have celebrated the merry month of May and the proud tradition lives on in Holmfirth.
The three-day event kicks off on Friday, May 7, and the schedule is as packed as ever with artists filling the town’s pubs, theatres, and bars from dawn until dusk all weekend long.
Wherever you go, from the grand civic hall to the humble bars and pubs, there will be plenty to see and hear.
The vast majority of the events are free although audiences are encouraged to contribute to the collection buckets.
This year musicians are jetting in from as far afield as South Africa (Miriam Backhouse), the USA (Jeff Warner) and Australia (Rory Ellis) to join those who are from nearer home.
Artists set to strum up a storm include new faces Ewan McLelland, Sarah Horn and James Cudworth.
They will be joined by more established artists such as the Rachel McShane Band, Belshazzar’s Feast, Pete Coe, Dave Burland, Chris Coe, Ray Hearne, Hissyfit, boyle tyrrall boyle, Wizz Jones, Zoox, FYRISH, Gerry McNeice, Ray Padgett, String Theory and Hamish Currie.
Special events this year include a ballad singing seminar at the Old Bridge, a young folk open mic session and a gig with the Barnsley Folk Club.
More than 20 Morris and world dance sides will also descend on the valley from the traditional north west dance of Rivington and Rumworth Morris of Bolton to the wild and wacky Bunnies From Hell.
There will also be a host of dance workshops in French dancing, Egyptian belly dance and Salsa.
Holme Valley schools are also getting in on the act this year with a concert in the Holmfirth Civic Hall and a Family Fringe Festival in the grounds of the Methodist Church.
The Saturday Ceilidh will be dancing to The Boat Band with caller Peter Bearon and the Good Egg Band will play the free Family Ceilidh on Sunday.
The procession and dance display will take place on Saturday afternoon as usual from 3.30pm.
It starts at the Memorial Gardens before snaking along Hollowgate, over the Toll House Bridge and along Huddersfield Road, up Cooper Lane to Victoria Park.
Tickets will be required for all Picturedrome events and concerts at the Old Bridge and the Ceilidh.
Contact Holmfirth Tourist Information Office 01484 222444 or web site:
www.holmfirthfestivaloffolk.co.uk or email: email@example.com