Nick Harper Loudhailer Headliner

Huge thanks to the superb Nick Harper for playing one of only a handful of solo shows this year as our Filey Folk Festival Loudhailer Seaside Special headliner. Nick played an absolute stormer to a full house, a blinding set, full of amazing guitar playing, unbelievable soaring vocals and incredible entertaining stories. We loved Riven’s Love is Due and Nick’s premiere live performance of Plague of Toads from the dark side of Riven was heavy and monumental. The whole set was a couple of hours worth of totally engaging music and tales and to top it all off Nick treated us to a request for Peace Love and Happiness which he’s not played live for over ten years. It was perfect and a great reflection of the vibe throughout the evening, which Rich was so pleased he managed to capture in these lovely photos in the gallery. Click on an image and scroll along…

We were made up that Nick asked us to open the show for him and we thoroughly enjoyed our Loudhailer Electric Company trip to the seaside. We played a selection of songs from our new album, Cursus and had a great night all round. Thanks to Mike O’Connor for taking this shot of the band…

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Loudhailer Electric Company

Thanks to Africa Studios  especially Megan for the lights and making everything connect electrically. Thanks to John Colling and everyone at the Masonic Hall for being brilliant and making us all so welcome.

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Loudhailer Saturday Afternoon at Filey Folk Festival

Back from a fabulous Loudhailer Seaside Special weekend at Filey Folk Festival.  Big thanks to everyone who came along, we had wonderful performances with magic moments throughout the weekend and terrific audiences. Thanks to the Filey Folk Festival crew, especially Ian Kennington, Dave and Megan at Africa Studios and John Colling and everyone at the Masonic Hall for being brilliant and making us all so welcome.

Here’s a gallery of Rich’s photos from Saturday afternoon. You can see by the pictures we had super sets and lots of laughs. Click on an image to see the full picture and scroll along…

Saturday 29th April 2017 at Filey Masonic Hall

Work in Progress – Cowboy DC, Kelvin and Lewis – 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.

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.

Jim Orwin – superbly crafted songs of life in Hull, from the Boulevard Boys to Gypsyville Girls – classic songwriting at its very best.

Aviatrix – Amanda Lowe, Lou Duffy-Howard. Ellie Gaynard and Jessica Lawson – a new collaboration of women perform Amanda’s Amy Johnson Song Cycle – lush vocal harmonies, autoharp, violin, guitars, mandolin and bass.

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Loudhailer Sunday Afternoon at Filey Folk Festival

Back from a fabulous Loudhailer Seaside Special weekend at Filey Folk Festival.  Big thanks to everyone who came along, we had wonderful performances with magic moments throughout the weekend and terrific audiences. Thanks Shirley Higton for joining in with her art show and to the Filey Folk Festival crew, especially Ian Kennington, Dave and Megan at Africa Studios and John Colling and everyone at the Masonic Hall for being brilliant and making us all so welcome.

Here’s a gallery of Rich’s photos from Sunday afternoon. You can see by the pictures we had super sets and lots of laughs (again!) Click on an image to see the full picture and scroll along…

Sunday 30th April 2017 at Filey Masonic Hall

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 and Cathy’s beautiful vocals and percussion.

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 

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.

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All Aboard for Filey Folk Festival

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 lunchtime (£3 on the door each day) and two evening events.

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

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-ish) “Cutting edge, psychedelic folk music of the highest quality.” Alan Raw, with Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music.

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, doors 7pm

Visit Filey Folk Festival Website

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

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 lunchtime (£3 on the door each day) and two evening events.

filey-17-medley-1-plus-back-and-front

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.

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.

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

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

Sally Barker at Filey Folk Festival

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Sally Barker at the Loudhailer Seaside Special

with support from Katie Spencer and Robert Peirson

What a fabulous performance by Sally Barker to a packed house at our Loudhailer Seaside Special at Filey Folk Festival!

With a wonderful supporting set from Katie Spencer and Robert Peirson.

Katie Spencer and Rob Peirson
Katie and Rob

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Photographs  © Richard Duffy-Howard

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Lou introduces…

Loudhailer at Filey Sunday

Photos from our Loudhailer Seaside Special stage at Filey Folk Festival. Click on an image and scroll through.

Rich and Lou’s Showstarter – kick out the jams brothers and sisters.

The Ramshackle Shantymen – festival folk featuring the founder of Filey Folk Festival, the guy who started it all off.

Dez Allenby plays Forest – original member of the legendary English acid folk trio Forest – contemporaries of The Watersons in the ’60s and out psyching the Incredible String Band in the ’70s. Dez’s set will include Forest songs played on bouzouki, English concertina, harmonica, percussion, whistles, and Indian shruti box, and a special guest.

Alyx Tamminen – gritty spoken word from talented young performance poet.

Jim Orwin – superbly crafted songs of life in Hull, from the Boulevard Boys to Gypsyville Girls – classic songwriting at its very best.

Emily Pepsi Thomson – premiering new songs especially for Loudhailer at Filey, Emily has a beautiful clear voice and enchanting presence.

Graham Graham Beck –“Honkytonkin” – alternative set of GGB’s spacey songs – never seen like this before – on acoustic piano.

Work in Progress – party time! Brilliant band with Cowboy DC at the helm and the best feel good Bluegrass sounds around.

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The Dark Guitar evening at Loudhailer Filey

Photos from The Dark Guitar evening at Loudhailer Seaside Special stage at Filey Folk Festival. Click on an image and scroll through.


The Dark Guitar evening in collaboration with Ian Kennington:

Wolf – a touch of acoustic blues n country with a west coast feel, from former guitarist of 60’s cult Grimsby band “Calmen Waters“
Jody McKenna – great poetic songs and guitar from one of Yorkshires finest singer/songwriters.
ER Thorpe – from out of the dark ashes of folk collective “The Listeners” comes the sweeter, but no less deadlier, Emma Thorpe.
Ellie Gaynard & George Boomsma – extraordinary fiddle playing with fine guitar and songwriting from this exciting new duo.
Jay Fraser – first made his Filey debut in 2007 and a regular visitor since, Jay’s songs have changed many colours over the years – what shade will it be in 2016?
Crooked Weather – “the contrasting singing styles of Crooked Weather’s Will Bladen & Holly Blackshaw are just one of the many wondrous sounds that this band create”

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Loudhailer at Filey Saturday

Photos from our Loudhailer Seaside Special stage at Filey Folk Festival.   Click on an image and scroll through. Photos by Rich and photo’s of us and Brian by Jim Orwin.

Rich & Lou’s Showstarter – let’s get the show on the road!

Dodge McKay – cool and beautiful folk songs from Belfast songwriter whose stunning new album addresses love, loss, memory and desire with a tuneful, poetic finesse and emotional precision.

Catherine Scott – Catherine is a wickedly witty performance poet who tells a down to earth look at life and has a captivating and engaging repartee.

Graham Brady – Graham’s fabulous classy songs tell edgy dark side stories, countered by infectiously catchy and dancey rhythms.

Gifford Rolfe, Joan Foye and Roy Kibbler – 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.

Brian Williams – stomp, whoop and holler with the amazing blues harp wizz and his one man band of spoons, bones and washboard.

Jackson D – hugely entertaining psyche Goth blues with the coolest cats around.

The Dark Secrets Unplugged – the premiere of Loudhailer regular, Jeff Parsons’ full four piece band unplugged set, showcasing brand new album, Band of Brothers.

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Filey Folk Festival 2016

FileyThanks to everyone who came to Loudhailer Seaside Special at Filey Folk Festival. What an awesome weekend! Filey is immersed in live music during the annual festival – our event at the Masonic Hall was just one of nine stages with over a hundred performances over the weekend. All the venues were buzzing, and there was a superb vibe throughout the whole of Filey. Jay Fraser 8Rich and I were delighted that Ian Kennington invited us to host the event at the Masonic Hall after our pilot last year. It’s a lovely community venue which really suits an acoustic, family friendly show. The challenge is that without the backing of a brewery we have to raise funds to pay the artists.  We decided to do this by having a small door charge and creating something different. A huge thanks to everyone who played exclusively at the Masonic Hall – Sally Barker, Alyx Tamminen, Graham Brady, Jackson D, Jim Orwin, Catherine Scott, Gifford Rolfe, Joan Foye, Roy Kibbler, and Brian Williams, and to all those who rose to the challenge of doing something unique for our stage – Graham Graham Beck’s one off upright piano set including never before performed live songs, The Dark Secrets debut unplugged gig, Emily-Pepsi Thomson’s new songs premiere, Dez Allenby’s set of Forest songs, Katie Spencer and Rob Pierson’s debut gig together, and to Dodge Mckay for opening the show with a specially heartfelt set on Saturday, and to Work in Progress for a superb feelgood finale on Sunday.

Katie and Rob

Sunday night’s concert was to a full house –  fabulous folk singer Sally Barker with support from Katie Spencer and Robert Peirson – and was a real treat. The Dark Guitar/Loudhailer collaboration on Saturday night was excellent with a host of brilliant sets from Wolf, Jody Mckenna, ER Thorpe, Ellie Gaynard & George Boomsma, Jay Fraser and Crooked Weather.

I always write a few words about Loudhailer Acoustic to accompany Rich’s photos – not as a critique, just to express how much Rich and I thoroughly enjoy the music and performances. However, it’s impossible to find enough superlatives to describe the 42 performers who played during the 22 hours of live performances at the Masonic Hall, so suffice to say a huge thanks to everyone who came to play and to the brilliant audience, some of whom stayed for the whole weekend. Thanks to Jim Orwin who took great photos throughout the weekend. There are too many great photos for one gallery, so we’ll publish separate posts with more photos, but in the meantime have a look at the selection of photos in the gallery below. Click on an image and scroll through. Photos by Rich and photos of us and Brian by Jim Orwin.

Special thanks to John Colling of the Masonic Hall, Peter and Patricia at the Methodist Church for loan of the stage, Dennis Caruana for the PA, Karl Oakes on the door on Sunday, and Ian Kennington who has worked tirelessly and been brilliant to work with.

Here’s to Filey Folk Festival, what a weekend –  see you next year!

2016 LA @ FFF

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