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.


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.

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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

Loudhailer Seaside Special at Filey 2016

Loudhailer Seaside Special at Filey Folk Festival, Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2016 at the Masonic Hall, 12.00 pm til 10.30 pm

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Click to buy tickets for Sally Barker at Filey Folk Festival

We are delighted that the superb folk singer and The Voice finalist Sally Barker will headline our second Loudhailer Seaside Special at Filey Folk Festival 2016 on Sunday May 1st, 7.30 pm at the Masonic Hall. Katie Spencer and guest Robert Peirson will open the show. Tickets £10 + booking fee available online. Click here to buy tickets.

2016 LA @ FFFLoudhailer Afternoons: There will be two afternoons of acoustic music on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May between 12.00 pm – 5.00 pm both days. They will be all acoustic afternoons with cabaret style candlelit tables, a bar, tea, coffee, and the same great vibe as our Loudhailer Acoustic nights – but with booked performers. There will be a fabulous range of acoustic music & spoken word from a host of superb players, all doing something special for the Loudhailer stage that you won’t see anywhere else! There will be a small cover charge – £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). It’s a family friendly venue and we’re really looking forward to it!

Line-up  Saturday 30th April 2016

12.00 pm: Doors Open – refreshments available.

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

1.00 pm: 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.

1.30 pm: 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.

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

2.30 pm: 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.

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

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

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

5.30 pm Close for tea

7.00 pm: Loudhailer meets The Dark Guitar evening:

Wolfa touch of acoustic blues n country with a west coast feel, from former guitarist of 60’s cult Grimsby band Calmen Waters
Jody McKennagreat poetic songs and guitar from one of Yorkshires finest underrated singer/songwriters.
ER Thorpefrom out of the dark ashes of folk collective “The Listeners” comes the sweeter, but no less deadlier, Emma Thorpe.
Ellie Gaynard & George Boomsmaextraordinary fiddle playing with fine guitar and songwriting from this exciting new duo.
Jay Fraserfirst 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”

Line-up Sunday 1st May 2016

12.00 pm: Doors Open – refreshments available.

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

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

1.30 pm: 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.

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

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

3.00 pm: Emily Pepsi Thomsonpremiering new songs especially for Loudhailer at Filey, Emily has a beautiful clear voice and enchanting presence.

3.30 pm: The Graham Graham Beck Duo –“Honkytonkin” – alternative set of GGB’s spacey songs – never seen like this before – on acoustic piano with percussionist.

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

5 pm – Close for tea break

7.30 pm Doors open for ticketed evening concert: Sally Barker Loudhailer Seaside Special with support from Katie Spencer and Robert Peirson

Sally Barker reduced Tom Jones, and viewers alike, to tears with her flawless performances on BBC’s ‘The Voice’.   Whether she is singing to seven million on TV or to 70 people in a club Sally is the consummate professional. It is in live performance that Sally thrives and excels. She has the ability to lift the words off the page as if you were hearing them for the first time, revealing their true meaning.

A seasoned performer, Sally has recorded six solo albums, with song writing influences from folk, jazz, blues and soul, and is well respected for her work with all-female folk group The Poozies. Sally’s years of touring have included countless support slots; Bob DylanRobert Plant and Sir Tom amongst them.

Sally remains fiercely independent and true to her craft as she is set to present songs from her new ‘Love Rat’ ep alongside those from albums ‘Maid in England’, ‘Another Train’ and YouTube favourites ‘Dear Darlin’ and ‘To Love Somebody’ – a truly captivating performer as much at home in a folk club as on national television.

To open the evening show Katie Spencer will be joined by Robert Peirson on fretless bass – heartfelt original songs beautifully played by the mesmerising singer songwriter and guest.

2016 LA @ FFF
Look forward to seeing you there! Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page

Loudhailer Seaside Special at Filey Folk Festival 2015

Jim's photo of the Loud Shirt compeition winners
Jim’s photo of the Loud Shirt competition winners

We’re back from an absolutely fantastic weekend hosting our first stage at Filey Folk Festival, our Loudhailer Seaside Special. The whole of Filey was buzzing with live music at ten venues. We hosted two days of music at a new venue, the Masonic Hall with 41 performers who all played brilliant sets. The Masonic Hall was a lovely venue. We set up the room with cabaret style tables, pink table cloths, candles, Richard’s home grown Primula auriculas & muscari and hand made menu cards (glue only just dry!) Rich and I got the show on the road with a couple of our favourite songs. Dexter chose to play a Japanese jazz piano song and Burning Down the House before we introduced our guests, who we have met at our regular Loudhailer Acoustic nights, and most of whom have never played Filey Folk Festival before. Rich and Dex took these photos throughout the weekend.

The Smugglers
The Smugglers

There was a fabulous eclectic mix of folk in the very broadest sense. From Vivian Querido’s haunting solo violin tunes which took us on a journey round the world from Scotland to Hungary, the Mediterranean and Macedonia to our terrific feel good Sunday headliner The Last Resort who had everyone dancing in the aisles to their fabulous full band 50s rock n roll, jazz and blues. What a weekend…

Effie Bassett-Scott 2

Andy Bassett-Scott had his ukulele at the ready and some fine Manchester banter to boot. We sang along with the traditional English folk of the Ramshackle Shantymen and The Smugglers. Effie Bassett-Scott wowed the audience with her gorgeous new age folk vocals playing her first full festival set. You could hear a pin drop during Effie’s stunning a Capella version of Ewan MacColl’s Hull lost trawler lament.

Work in Progress’ Filey debut of fantastic feel good bluegrass stormed the Hall complete with banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass and Cowboy DC at the helm, we were all singing along, great fun.

Gifford Rolfe, Joan Foye and Roy Kibbler produced a wonderfully crafted set segueing between Gifford’s beautiful original songs, Roy’s poignant yet hilarious spoken word-smithery and Joan’s marvellous renditions of American women’s mostly murder ballads. Everyone was totally engaged by their show within a show.

Click on an image to see the full picture and scroll through…

During the weekend we were treated to the most stunning songwriting and two new album launches. Jim Orwin’s exceptionally well crafted poetic songs of life in Hull, beautifully sung – reminiscent of a Northern Scott Walker – were mesmerising. At the other end of the spectrum, Graham Graham Beck’s incredible quirky piano songs and head gear-to-be-reckoned-with together with Glastonbury festival style flag waving had everyone grinning from ear to ear. His set showcased songs from his new album suitably festivally launched GGB style on a £1.50 plastic model boat, which duly sunk. The boat – certainly not the album.

Jeff Parsons’ slide guitar in his dryly humorous Loud Shirts was a real highlight – especially when Rich and John photo bombed Jim’s portrait of Jeff. So there it is, showing the first, second and third places in the Loudhailer Loudshirt competition…guess the winner?!

Frankie Flowers
Frankie Flowers

Frankie Flowers’ country set was delightful. Frankie would love to go to Nashville. So her song about her parents going there and leaving her behind is ace. And with a bit of luck that song will get her there! Keeping the American feel we stomped along with Brian Williams’ one man band. Led by blues harp wizz, Brian Williams and perfectly accompanied by lead vocalist Brian Williams and on boogieboard, spoons, bones, whoops and hollers, Brian Williams. Still with an American folk blues feel we welcomed Dick Appleton’s superb finger pickin’ mostly instrumentals and healthy dollop of irreverent wit and Dennis Caruana’s set and repartee showcasing his remarkable vocal style and range.

Chris Scarlett is a Filey aficionado and we’ve seen him playing a fabulous set of covers, but we asked him to play a set of his original songs, full of descriptive writing about Yorkshire life. So evocative they take you there, they went down a storm.

Graham Brady
Graham Brady

It was great to see a full set of Graham Brady’s very fine and edgy, catchy original songs. If anyone can make you feel good about spending 6,000 days in a car with a corpse, Graham can. Karl Oakes’ set featured an excellent version of Sailors Blues 82s, his song of growing up and going out in Hull set against a backdrop of the decline of the fishing industry, and Katie Spencer’s charming set of heartfelt original songs, soulfully performed provided a moment of cool tranquillity. What a roller coaster of amazing performances.

Thanks to all our guests and to the great audiences who came to listen over the weekend.

Saturday Gallery – here’s Richard photographs and a couple of Dexter’s, click on an image to see the full picture and scroll through…

Sunday Gallery – click and scroll…

Thanks to Ian Kennington, Dennis Caruana and Robert Hartley who have been the driving force behind the festival since 2004. We were delighted to have been asked to run the stage, and had a brilliant weekend. Thanks to Jim Orwin for hanging out all weekend. We love Jim’s new EP, Gypsyville Girls (get in touch with Jim for a copy).

A huge thanks to John Colling and everyone who staffed the bar at Filey Masonic Hall, for making us so welcome and being part of the Loudhailer Seaside Special team for the weekend. Thanks to Peter and Lynn at the Methodist Church for loan of the stage and to Arts Council England and Northern Rail for supporting Loudhailer Seaside Special at Filey Folk Festival 2015.

Rich and Lou and Dex.
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Filey Postcard Final

Rich and I are excited to be hosting a new stage – Loudhailer Seaside Special at the Masonic Hall as part of Filey Folk Festival 2015. There will be two events from 2 pm til 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday May 2nd and 3rd. The Loudhailer Seaside Specials will be all acoustic with tables and candles, similar to our acoustic nights, but with booked performers.

Filey Folk Poster

Filey Folk Festival has been going since 2004 and has grown to include eight venues and over 150 performances this year. We are really looking forward to the whole Filey weekend!

Rich & Lou