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.

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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

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

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page

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.

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page

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”

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page Here

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Lou Cutlass

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.

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page

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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Loudhailer Acoustic April 2016

GGBThanks to everyone who came to Loudhailer Acoustic last night, it was a lovely evening.  There were lots of fantastic new songs and poems, a few nods of the head to the 80s and at least two clean shaven surprises. Rich & I opened the show with something new that we have in mind for the Loudhailer Electric Company followed by Catherine Scott’s awesome trio which included two brand new poems, a smattering of suitably bad language & politics and lots of laughs from the audience. Gifford Rolfe’s title track from his upcoming album Words in Black and White was another of his classics followed by a beautiful dedication to his oldest fan. He was joined by Joan Foye on vocals for a great sounding Americana finale. The Brummie bard of Snaith, Roy Kibbler created a wave of smiling faces with his pop quiz poem & summer of love nostalgia before creating an audience discussion about Clootie trees, walls and wells. Not only entertaining, but enlightening. Graham Graham Beck and his Gramahaha closed the first half with a fabulous performance. Despite being afflicted by a trio of unrelated injuries his 80s song Glamour Girl, originally written for his band Penguin Fury was a treat. Graham closed his show with the wonderfully strange brand new techno/baroque song – Action Man with a Giraffe’s Head. His performance was complete with a GGB style prop, yes, that’s Action Man with the head of a giraffe.

Brian Williams
Brian at Filey

Break time drinks and chat before Karl Oakes opened the second half in top voice and his inimitable style with three ace brand new songs. A first time welcome to Loudhailer Acoustic next for East Coast poet Richard Harries who entertained us with a fantastical reimagining of Cinderella and Eileen’s excellent memory. Next up, the best blues harp blower around, Brian Williams, played a fabulous foot stomping set of songs of varying religious persuasions – from gospel to Rev. Elder Roma via Tom Waits, what a superb sound! We were delighted to welcome back, from Pickering, Phil Friend with a lovely English folk sound and three beautiful songs and stories of friends, countryside and English Rosedale blues. To close the show Ruth Scott was in fine voice for a set of Late Night Marauders jazz blues originals with Ben Saville on keys – what an eclectic evening it was!

Coming up next, Loudhailer Seaside Special at Filey Folk Festival on the bank holiday weekend Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May 2016 at the Masonic Hall, 12.00 pm til 10.30 pm. It would be great to see you there. There is lots going on over the weekend at various venues. Our venue, Filey Masonic Hall is at 27 Rutland Street, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9JA  (just round the corner from The Belle Vue).

There will be two afternoons of acoustic music and we are delighted that the superb folk singer and The Voice finalist Sally Barker will play a ticketed Loudhailer gig on Sunday May 1st, 7.30 pm. The fabulous Katie Spencer and guest Robert Peirson will support Sally. 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!

Loudhailer at Filey 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

7.30 pm: Loudhailer meets The Dark Guitar evening – details tbc

Loudhailer at Filey 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 Thomson – premiering 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 Filey posterSally 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.

More details here.

Thanks again to Paul at The Back Room, a lovely music venue. Make a date for the next Loudhailer Acoustic, Thursday May 5th full details here

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

Sally Barker Filey poster
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
Effie

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.

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Filey Folk Festival – Loudhailer Seaside Special

Loudhailer Seaside Special

All aboard for our next event! Loudhailer Seaside Special at Filey Folk Festival, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd May 2 pm – 8 pm. A host of fantastic acoustic music, bar and candle lit tables, great vibes, bring a picnic.  Free entry. 

It will be bursting at the seams with live music in Filey during the first weekend of May. We’re delighted to be hosting a Loudhailer Seaside Special weekender as part of the festivities – at a brand new venue, the Masonic Hall, 27 Rutland Street, Filey, YO14 9JA (just down from The Belle Vue). Doors at 1pm, and we’ve got a brilliant line up, starting at 2 pm on both Sat and Sun 2nd and 3rd May and it’s all free entry. We’re opening the show at 2pm both days, it would be great if you would bring your friends and family and hang out for the afternoon. There will be cabaret style tables and you can bring a picnic (but not alcohol, there is a bar there). It’s a family friendly venue and we’re really looking forward to it!

Line up – Saturday 2nd May
2 pm Rich & Lou’s Showstarter – With special guest – let’s get the show on the road!
2.30 pm The Ramshackle Shantymen – Feat: the Filey Folk Festival founder – the guy who started it all off.
3 pm Vivian Querido – A rare chance to hear a set of Vivian’s captivating and evocative world Klezmer and Balkan influenced solo violin.
3.30 pm Jim Orwin – Superbly crafted songs – mesmerising songwriting at it’s best.
4 pm Gifford Rolfe & Joan Foye – Classic original songs, telling northern stories terrific tales and a smattering of Americana.
4.30 pm Roy Kibbler – The odd poet? Get ready for astute word-smithery and a selection of fine poems, a mix of fun, politics, good humour and grump. Ace.
5 pm Katie Spencer – Expect a set of heartfelt original songs and soulful performances from Katie.
5.30 pm Graham Brady – Like an edgy Paul Simon. Very edgy, very catchy, but very Graham Brady.
6 pm Brian Williams – Stomp, whoop and holler with the blues harp wizz – the legitimate son of Sonny Terry?!
6.30 pm Work In Progress – Brilliant band, banjo, guitars, and the best feel good Bluegrass around.
7 pm Graham Graham Beck – Quirky songs and head gear to be reckoned with. Occasionally sounds like the whole of Roxy Music rolled into one.

Line up – Sunday 3rd May
2 pm Rich & Lou’s Showstarter – Kick out the jams brothers and sisters!
2.30 pm Dennis Caruana – Dennis’s fine entertainment could include anything from the American Civil War to a nurse ballad featuring his remarkable vocal style and range. Great fun for sure.
3 pm Karl Oakes – Reformed Cotton Gusset takes to the stage with his set of distinctive original songs.
3.30pm Effie & Andy Bassett-Scott – Effie’s gorgeous new age folk vocals are a delight and Andy could well have his ukulele in hand and a good dollop of Manchester banter and repartee to boot.
4 pm The Smugglers – Folk in Filey! Stand up bass, guitars, mandolin, concertina, a hint of the northern north east and some fine harmonies. Be prepared to join in!
4.30 pm Jeff Parsons – From Dead Fingers Talk to the Dark Secrets, with his set of original songs from his songwriting renaissance let’s hear it for….Mr Jeff Parsons!
5 pm Dick Appleton –  Superb fingerpickin’ folk blues and an (un?)healthy dollop of irreverent wit.
5.30 pm Frankie Flowers – Frankie would love to go to Nashville. So her song about her parents going there and leaving her behind is ace. How could they do that?!
6 pm Chris Scarlett – Infectious feel good set of Captain’s original songs, full of the joy of life and Yorkshire – beautifully descriptive songwriting.
6.30 pm The Last Resort – Bring back those Happy Days with the fabulous sound of the 50s complete with stand up bass, cool guitar and smooth harmonies.

Click on an image in the gallery and scroll through to find see the host of brilliant performers at Loudhailer Seaside Special.

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Loudhailer Seaside Special is supported by Arts Council England. Thanks to Northern Rail for additional Support.

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