We are delighted to be hosting our stage at Filey Folk Festival again this year – at Filey Masonic Hall, 27 Rutland Street, YO14 9JA – on Saturday and Sunday April 29th and 30th (the early May bank holiday weekend). There will be two afternoons of music opening at 1.00 pm (£3 on the door each day) and two evening events.


Our headliner on Saturday night is the superb singer songwriter guitarist Nick Harper plus support from Loudhailer Electric Company (unplugged). Tickets for the evening concert are £12 plus booking fee on sale now here

loudharper-at-filey-17“Nick Harper is a force of nature… the sheer weight of ideas in his music makes him irresistible and unstoppable… Harper the performer is a fearsome weapon.” Southern Reporter.

“If you’ve never seen Nick live, you’re missing out on one of the musical phenomenon of our age.” Glasgow Herald

Loudhailer Seaside Special Afternoons at Filey Folk Festival – two afternoons full of superb bands and performers that you can’t see anywhere else at the festival.

Saturday 29th April 2017 at The Masonic Hall

  • 12.00 noon –  Doors 0pen
  • 1.00 Work in Progress open the show  – it’s hard to keep still from the moment they hit the groove right through their feel good set of original and traditional foot stomping bluegrass and up tempo country songs.
  • 2.00 pm Gifford Rolfe, Roy Kibbler and Joan Foye – superb northern England songs with a touch of Americana from Gifford and Joan segue into Roy’s astute word-smithery, a mix of fun, politics and observations of life. A whole show within the show.
  • 3.00 pm Jim Orwin – superbly crafted songs of life in Hull, from the Boulevard Boys to Gypsyville Girls – classic songwriting at its very best.
  • 4. 00 pm Aviatrix – a new collaboration of women perform Amanda Lowe’s Amy Johnson Song Cycle – lush vocal harmonies, autoharp, violin, guitars, mandolin and bass.
  • 5.00 pm Close for tea
  • 7.00 pm Doors open for Nick Harper “One of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range and propensity for epic song place him somewhere between Rufus Wainright and Jeff Buckley. “Mojo. Plus support from Loudhailer Electric Company (unplugged) “Cutting edge, psychedelic folk music of the highest quality.” Alan Raw, with Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music.Tickets available online here

Sunday 30th April 2017

  • 1.00 pm Doors Open
  • 2.00 pm Dez Allenby, Cathy Allenby, Phil Friend, Martin Peirson and Adrian Welham – comprising two original members of the legendary English psychedelic folk trio Forest in session with Phil and Martin, two excellent Yorkshire songwriters. Watch out for interesting songs, striking harmonies and unusual instrumentation
  • 3.00 pm Beggars Bridge  ”This is a band of musicians experienced enough to know when to leave spaces for one another. Nothing’s crowded, and everything meshes together perfectly. Very impressive.” R2 magazine 
  • 4.00 pm Hillbilly Troupe  Trad. Folk, irish, ska and punk with a strong sense of history and tradition, get you dancing, thinking and drinking all at the same time.
  • 5.00 pm Close for tea
  • 7.00 pm Doors open for  a special evening with The Roundtable Collective
  • 10.30 Close

There will be a small cover charge for each afternoon – £3 on the door – which includes a free festival programme. Bring your friends and family and hang out for the afternoon. You can bring a picnic (but no need to bring alcohol, there is a bar there). On Sunday afternoon there will be an art exhibition in the bar. ‘Art Project’ will be hosted by Shirley Higton, featuring a selection of artwork, photography and poetry.

Visit Nick Harper’s Website

Sunday Evening we welcome an intimate evening with Roundtable Collective…
In the spirit of sharing, collaboration and encouragement, Roundtable Collective brings together art, poetry, literature, music & culture to create a vast creative community. We will be recording the entire performance for future release and hope to make it available to all attendees for free.
Host for the evening is Yorkshire’s own wordsmith, Bari Razzaki of the Peanut Butter Variety Hour 
Featuring heart warming performances from…
Cameron Niven
Founder of London smooth folk kings, Edgar Wallace Exchange his timeless voice and style transport one back to when. Discover
Tobias Panton (London)
Almost a Filey veteran, Tobias’ reputation precedes him. Discover
Kai-ya (London)
First trip to Filey for Kai-Ya, but we have a feeling it won’t be the last time she plays for the fine folks up north.Discover 
Copper Viper (London)
A fresh, bluegrass inspired 3 piece spearheaded by the prolific Robin Joel Sangster (a Filey regular) and featuring the screaming fiddle of Duncan Menzies Discover
Léscines (London)
“It’s up to you if you need a box, or if you even choose to have a box. Léscines is a music collective headed by the enigmatic Jay Fraser, whose vocals remind me of Jethro Tull – classic 70s gutteral vocals (anybody else hear it?), has many facets.” – Phoenix Session  Discover
Crooked Weather (Hull)
“They are indie meets World music meets traditional British folk. Think a contemporary Incredible String Band with a 21st century mindset.” – Sid Griffin Discover

Visit Filey Folk Festival Website

Look forward to seeing you there! Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page

Loudhailer Acoustic January 2017

Jeff, John and KelvinWelcome to a new year of Loudhailer Acoustic! The first one was back in 2010, so here we go into our seventh year. And what a great start to 2017 it was.

The Back Room was as welcoming as ever with a lovely vibe and great audience. Dexter joined me and Rich on violin for a couple of songs to open the show, then it was terrific to welcome Phil Pipe back with two great songs and a poignant tale of George W Bush’ meeting the Indian Nations and hope in times of Trump. Strawberry Moon featuring Jeff Parsons, Dez and Cathy Allenby and Kelvin Baldwin played two fabulously groovy songs with echoes of Parisian cafes and were followed by John Cox’s funky summery sounds, just what we needed on a January night. Brian Williams’ kept up the feel-good music with his amazing blues harp and one man band rhythm section with two fine Sleepy John Estes classics.

carries-bookIt was ace to welcome Carrie Hitchcock to Loudhailer Acoustic for the first time, and especially good to hear her fabulous version of Michelle Shocked’s Graffiti Limbo. Carrie recently published a wonderful book of photographs and stories of her time in Hull, and got in touch as she wanted to include a CD of tracks by my band at the time, Janes Plane.  I love the book – like Carrie I lived on Coltman Street when I was a teenager, and then bought a house on Stepney Lane for £1000 – which you could do back then – so lots of it is strangely familiar. Although our paths crossed we didn’t really meet until last night – so there was lots to chat about over a glass of wine at the break.

Dez Allenby opened the second half with two songs, first up, a truly wonderful brand new piece – Travellers’ Tales – performed for the first time. It was a mesmerising song including the most evocative spoken word stories and Dez’s beautiful shruti box. We were enchanted and I can’t wait to hear it again. Excellent to see Kelvin Baldwin join Dez on cajon for an amazing version of Keep Your Eyes On The Prize (Hold On). A fab set from Ian Martinson – great that he played two of his own newly written songs accompanied by Roy Lyon on harmonica. He was followed by Martin Peirson who played super songs from his forthcoming album to be launched at Kardomah 94 on February 17th – be there! I looked round the room during Graham Graham Beck’s doom version of Action Man with a Giraffe’s Head, and vampy Monkey in the Clog Tree to see smiles of wonder and incredulousness – a hard act to follow, but done with ease by Roy Lyon who sat back and played two tracks from his album recorded by John Cox and 68 years in the making. Thanks to everyone who came to play, and to everyone in the audience, it’s always such a lovely night.

The next Loudhailer Acoustic is Friday February 3rd – note the day change to a Friday, just for Feb, then back to Thurs in March, so, Friday February 3rd and Thursday March 2nd 2017.

Here is Rich’s gallery of photos from the evening. Click on an image to see the full picture and scroll through…

Thanks to Paul at The Back Room in Cottingham, a lovely music venue with good craft beers.

Just before we go, here, out of the woodwork following Carrie’s book, Janes Plane and Vondelpark. The footage is from a Channel 4 programme back in 1982. We actually got to support Stiff Little Fingers at the Brixton Ace/Fridge. I’ve had that fretless Music Man a long time…

Hope to see you next time, and it’s always great to welcome new people – come along and listen to a fabulous range of acoustic music, quality songwriting and some familiar classics from a host of different performers. Loudhailer Acoustic is at The Back Room 175a Hallgate, Cottingham HU16 4BB. Doors 7.00 pm music at 7.30 pm £2 entry.  If you would like to come and play a couple of songs please contact us to let us know – it’s always great to see new and familiar faces.

Click here for reviews and photos of past Loudhailer Acoustic nights and to find out more.

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Look forward to seeing you!

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page


Loudhailer Acoustic November 2016

It was a monster of a Loudhailer Acoustic last night, in the best possible way! So, monster sized thanks to everyone who came along to listen to the music and to play. The room was full, the vibe was lovely.


Everybody played their hearts out, so, on order of appearance, big high fives to Dez and Cathy Allenby who opened the show with their gorgeous song about Hull, We Sail our Castles and Brian Williams for his rollin’ and tumblin’ blues grooves. It was fabulous to welcome Adrian Welham to Loudhailer Acoustic with a most wonderful set topped off with Wind Prayer. Catherine Scott’s feisty poems were up to the minute, and Gifford Rolfe and Joan Foye were all in black and a joy as always. Roy Kibbler entertained us with his thought provoking and new poems.

To close the first half, Rich and I were joined by Jeff Parsons, Rich Walker and Chris Heron aka Loudhailer Electric Company unplugged and we played exclusive acoustic versions of a a pair of songs from our album.

Graham Graham Beck’s second half opener was as engaging and off the wall as ever, the brand new Monkey in the Clog Tree and a Scottish reel-ish version of I Think Therefore I’m Not. It was brilliant to welcome Jim Orwin back to Loudhailer, mesmerising as ever with two of our favourites, beautifully crafted and delivered. Chris Heron and Dan Halsey played a really interesting set, Dan’s lovely upbeat New Day, and then Chris demonstrated a fabulous improvised violin piece layering up tracks on his loop station. Ian Martinson’s set had everyone singing along, and Martin Peirson played a pair of cool and classy songs. Jeff Parsons invited Kelvin Baldwin, Dez and Cathy to join him and played a lovely pair of songs which took us back to summer days. Next up, Neil Thomas and Chris Heron treated us to two acoustic Pavey Ark songs. Finally on this bumper Loudhailer Acoustic line up it was terrific to welcome Holly and Will, Crooked Weather, whose wistful and wonderful songs closed the show.

Rich apologies for lack of photographs as he was suffering from a bad back, but normal service will be resumed next time, Thursday December 1st – see you then, if not before.

Just a note about a couple of upcoming events before we go…

editIt would be brilliant to see our Loudhailer Acoustic friends at our Loudhailer Electric Company album launch at Kardomah94 next Saturday 12th November. We’ve got a fab night in store with  Méssièré Lighting’s trippy light show and special guests Cowboy DC’s Work in Progress. It’s going to be busy so advisable to get tickets in advance either from the venue or online here Hull Box Office


Andy White is brilliant! Rich & I have loved his music since his first album, Rave On back in the 80s. We saw him again a couple of years ago and he was superb. Come and join us for his Band of Gold tour gig at the lovely venue Kardomah94, supported by the terrific Chris Heron. It’s going to be a real treat! Tickets £10 from the venue, online at Hull Box Office or tel 01482 221113. Find out more  http://www.andywhite.com/

Thanks to Paul at The Back Room in Cottingham, here’s where to look to find out more about Loudhailer Acoustic nights.

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page

Loudhailer Acoustic October 2016

Loudhailer Acoustic returns! Note the change of date of the next musicians night at The Back Room: Next up Friday November 4th and then Thursday 1st December.

Pete McLoud and Derek Waudby
Pete and Derek

Loudhailer Acoustic returned after a summer break and how lovely it was to be back! Thanks to everyone who came along to play and a special mention to the fab audience. Rich & I opened the show and then enjoyed performances from Jeff Parsons and Friends – Dez & Cathy Allenby and Kelvin Baldwin (fantastic new songs, Witchcraft was something special), Pete McLeod (in great voice, top sound), Derek Waudby (lovely moving songs), Pavey Ark’s Neil Thomas (one of the coolest songs about Hull we’ve heard), Graham Graham Beck accompanied by George George the monkey (look at them in the picture below, exactly the same smile, they must be related), Phil Friend and Friends – Dez & Cathy (always a lovely take on life) and, with a perfect set for National Poetry Day, the Loudhailer Poet Laureate tonight, Roy Kibbler.

Rich took these photos, click on an image in the gallery and scroll though…

Next up, Loudhailer Acoustic on Friday November 4th and it would be brilliant to see our Loudhailer Acoustic friends at our Loudhailer Electric Company album launch at Kardomah94 on Saturday November 12th.

Loudhailer Electric Company: Cursus - album launch

Loudhailer Electric Company release their debut studio album – Cursus – and celebrate with a psychedelic launch gig at Kardomah94 on Saturday November 12th 2016, illuminated by a full room projected psychedelic light show from 1968 original lighting specialists, Méssièré Lighting.  Special guests Cowboy DC’s Work in Progress will open the show with their good time blue grass country stomp, and a DJ set of favourite tracks from Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Canned Heat, Love and more will close the evening.

Doors are at 7.30 pm and tickets are £8 from the venue or Hull Box Office click here to buy tickets

And on Friday December 2nd, superb Belfast singer songwriter Andy White at Kardomah94. Andy White is brilliant! Rich & I have loved his music since his first album, Rave On back in the 80s. We saw him again a couple of years ago and he was superb. Come and join us for his Band of Gold tour gig at the lovely venue Kardomah94. It’s going to be a real treat! Tickets £10 from the venue, online at Hull Box Office

Thanks again to Paul at The Back Room, a lovely music venue.

So, a few dates for your diary, be great to see you there!

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page

Cherry Burton Acoustic

Lou and Rich
Rich & Lou’s Loudhailer

Thanks to Gareth Parry for these beautiful photos of our trip to play at Cherry Burton Acoustic. It was a lovely musical evening in the good company of Cathy and Dez Allenby, Andy Dolman and a great bunch of Cherry Burton friends.

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page

Loudhailer Acoustic September 2015

Thanks to everyone who came to Loudhailer Acoustic this month. It was a bumper edition and we loved it all. A record crowd and an awesome throng of performers made for a fantastically entertaining night out. We were treated to new sets from some of our Loudhailer regulars,  singers, spoken word, whistling, a host of instruments – clarinet, flute, bouzouki, harmonica, English concertina, violin, bodhran, a variety of guitars of different styles and tunings, keyboards, a lawn (artificial), a dog (real), an amazing shruti box, all topped of with a great vibe in a lovely venue, a great audience and a choice of craft beers to wash it all down.

Rich and Lou
Rich and Lou

There were highlights in every set. In order of appearance – Dodge McKay’s cool performance of his contemplative songs including the title track from his new album Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, followed by Vivian Querido’s haunting and creative original solo violin tunes, all beautifully played.

Gifford Rolfe and Joan Foye
Gifford Rolfe and Joan Foye

Two brand new sets next on the bill – Gifford Rolfe’s preview of songs from his next album – he sure can write a good song and just keeps ’em coming. Joan Foye joined Gifford on vocals and for the first time on guitar accompaniment, great to see. Jeff Parsons’ new songs eloquently and perceptively explored the challenging issues of suicide and mental health – and later to balance the scales he had a surprise up his sleeve and had us singing along to a rare cover of Love’s 1968 classic, Alone Again, Or.

Our first new-to-Loudhailer guest of the evening was poet Nigel Walker, whose word images of the ice cream filling station on Oxford Road sounded delicious. He treated us to the premiere of his newest poem – Spurn – and invited us all along to his new poetry and music night – Imaginary Gardens – at Kardomah 94, starting in November. Looking forward to it. Barry Cundill’s songs took us from Laredo to Holderness as he whistled, sang and wandered the stage before it was time for a half time chat and a glass of wine.

The first of six new guests opened the second half of the evening. Peter and Dermot have been in the audience before so it was great to welcome them to the stage this time. Peter introduced their set saying variety is the spice of life – how true tonight. Their set of clarinet and flute pairings, A Stroll In The Park, A Bit Of A Lark, and Dancing In The Dark were superb, with just the right amount of good humour, and they went down a storm.

Dez Allenby
Dez Allenby

Rich and I were so much looking forward to our next guest and he was ace. Dez Allenby played three Forest songs, the first time they had been played together since 1970 or thereabouts, including one of our favourites of all time, a fantastic rendition of A Glade Somewhere on his English concertina and shruti box providing the necessary hippie drone. With a fabulous easy going presence and some great snippets of stories, Dez was brilliant and we loved it. Cathy joined the final song for some wonderful harmonies. What a treat. Next up Martin Peirson played songs from his new album, joined by Dez on harmonica and I was dancing along at the bar.

I thought Rich excelled with his introductions during the evening this time. So how he managed to welcome stunning blues harp player Brian Williams as Hull’s best dressed pole dancer I’m not sure. I’m pretty sure Brian started it though. And he was certainly on top form with some fine pre blues and blues tunes to get everyone stomping along.

There was a very warm welcome for singer songwriter Jack Parker. Jack has a cool confidence a smooth smoky voice and some fine rhythmic original guitar songs. With his first album in the pipeline, we’re looking forward to him coming back soon.

Jim Orwin
Jim Orwin

You could hear a pin drop as our penultimate guest, Jim Orwin played two of his classic songs, One Bridge (Indiana Jones) and Time’s a Waste. With a copy of his brand new book to boot, The First Boxing Day, available from his Dancing Sisters publishing company. Based in East Yorkshire, check it out.

At last what Scarlet had been waiting for all evening, at the end of a fabulous eclectic night was the inimitable Graham Graham Beck, topping off the show with some Blancmange and a superbly manicured lawn. We all joined in, All Praise indeed. Fantastic!

Have a look at Rich’s gallery of photo’s. Click on an image to get the full picture and scroll on…

Thanks to everyone who came to play and listen, a lovely audience, fabulous performances all round and to Paul Sutton at The Back Room in Cottingham, a great live music venue.

Make a date for the next Loudhailer Acoustic, the first Thursday of the month, so October 1st – full details here, be great to see you there! 

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page