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

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

Nick Harper Loudhailer Special

Nick Harper played a stormer to a packed house at The Back Room last night. What an amazing performer – a superbly passionate singer songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, he’s full of terrific stories, and fabulously entertaining. We loved Nick’s set, a perfect mix of his old and new songs and a couple of amazing surprises – Shine on you Crazy Diamond took us into orbit, and a wonderfully poignant encore of Purple Rain closed the show. What a treat! Thanks to Nick for asking us to open up the show for him, we had a blast. If you missed out on tickets this time make sure you catch him next time

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page

Loudhailer Acoustic May 2016

Well, last year we expected the Loudhailer Acoustic immediately after Filey Folk Festival to be quiet as everyone was folked out – but it was packed. This year, we thought it may be the same, but as it turned out it was a quiet, and very laid back evening. We all sat at the tables near the stage and the atmosphere was like a Filey Chill Out session. I don’t normally drink when we’re hosting an evening, but felt so relaxed that I tucked into a huge glass of red – which caused me to throw my plectrum into the air during the first song. I thought I managed to pick it up pretty niftily though, and then sat back and soaked up the sounds. Thanks to all the people who came to play, it was lovely to sit and chat too – Dez and Cathy Allenby, Jim Orwin, Vivian Querido, Martin Peirson, Brian Williams and Barry Cundill. Click on an image in the gallery and scroll though…

Next up, the superb Nick Harper will be playing a Loudhailer Special at The Back Room in Cottingham on Friday 20th May 2016. Tickets are £12 and are sure to fly out, so call The Back Room on 01482 847007 to book.

If you’ve seen Nick before you’ll know that he is an amazing performer – a superbly passionate singer songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire. He’s full of terrific stories, and fabulously entertaining. If you’ve never seen Nick before you are in for a treat for sure. Here’s some more about Nick…

Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick has played the guitar from the age of 10 and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father’s Whatever Happened to Jugula? album in 1985.

Nick Harper at the Back RoomTo call him a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist’s guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows – from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own – he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python, Pink Floyd and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar). He also has the alarming ability to break guitar strings almost by sheer force of will… and then change them without dropping a beat. For over a decade, he has been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado.

Nick recently played guitar on recordings for Lana Del Rey and Newton Faulkner. Harper fans may recall Newton Faulkner supporting Nick back at the Lamp in Hull for the Winterlude Festival of 2005.”

 “Frank Zappa would have been impressed… he deserves to become a major figure in his own right.” Robin Denselow, The Guardian

“Dylan for the iPod generation…Betjemen with a guitar.” Guitarist (UK), February 2006

Thanks to the Back Room and Robbie who looked after us at the bar. See you next time – the next regular Loudhailer Acoustic is the usual first Thursday in June, so, June 2nd.

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page

 

Nick Harper Loudhailer Special

We are delighted to announce that the superb Nick Harper will be playing a Loudhailer Special at The Back Room in Cottingham on Friday 20th May 2016. Tickets are £12 and are sure to fly out, so call The Back Room on 01482 847007 to book.

If you’ve seen Nick before you’ll know that he is an amazing performer – a superbly passionate singer songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire. He’s full of terrific stories, and fabulously entertaining. If you’ve never seen Nick before you are in for a treat for sure!LoudHarper 2016 Back Room

Nick Harper at the Back Room
Nick played to a full house at the last Loudhailer Special at The Back Room

Click here for details of how to find The Back Room, and a map.

Nick Harper returns to The Back Room in Cottingham on Friday May 20th following a sell-out gig last year. The evening is a Loudhailer Acoustic special presented by Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard who organise regular acoustic nights in the area.

Son of the legendary UK singer-songwriter Roy Harper, Nick has played the guitar from the age of 10 and surrounded by the likes of Keith Moon, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Dave Gilmour as he grew up, it was no surprise when Nick made his recording debut on his father’s Whatever Happened to Jugula? album in 1985.

Nick’s talent and energy entranced Roy’s fans and it was inevitable that he would begin touring and recording in his own right. The 1994 EP Light at the End of the Kennel was swiftly followed by his powerful 1995 debut long player Seed prompting The Independent to describe him as “hugely talented.”

2016 has proved to be an exciting celebratory year for Nick who has released his third and final vinyl ‘retrospective’ album boxed set. He is also sporting a new live album, ‘Hark!’ – a recording of songs from his award winning shows at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2003. To call him a superlative singer/songwriter could put his highly lauded guitar talent in the shade, and to call him a guitarist’s guitarist might slight his distinctive, soulful voice and passionate songs. Not forgetting the wild ride that is one of his live shows – from personal introspection to biting political satire via a charmingly caustic wit that would make Groucho Marx proud. He often segues from his own compositions to well-loved covers he makes his own – he takes on Presley, Zappa, Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin, Monty Python, Pink Floyd and Public Enemy (yes, on an acoustic guitar). He also has the alarming ability to break guitar strings almost by sheer force of will… and then change them without dropping a beat. For over a decade, he has been dazzling audiences and reviewers alike with this heady mix of virtuosity, boyish charm, showmanship and sheer bravado.

Lou Duffy-Howard: “If you’ve seen Nick before you’ll know that he is an amazing performer – a superbly passionate singer songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire. He’s full of terrific stories, and fabulously entertaining. If you’ve never seen Nick before you are in for a treat for sure!”

Nick recently played guitar on recordings for Lana Del Rey and Newton Faulkner. Harper fans may recall Newton Faulkner supporting Nick back at the Lamp in Hull for the Winterlude Festival of 2005.

Rich Duffy-Howard: “Nick’s first solo gig was here in Hull and since then he has played many times in the area and built a big following, so it would be a good idea to get your tickets early.”

Tickets, £12 are available from The Back Room, 175a Hallgate, Cottingham, East Yorkshire, HU16 4BB. Doors open at 7.30 pm

“Frank Zappa would have been impressed… he deserves to become a major figure in his own right.”

– Robin Denselow, The Guardian

“Album of the Month: Son of ’70s poet/singer Roy Harper, dubbed ‘the acoustic Hendrix’ and the ‘English Jeff Buckley’, Nick Harper’s fourth studio album [Blood Songs] rises above this (albeit favourable) baggage… With this amount of melodic and sonic ingenuity, Nick Harper could be dubbed ‘the new Beck’ – but that would be a bigger compliment to Mr. Hansen than it would be to Harper.” – Guitar (UK)

“Dylan for the iPod generation…Betjemen with a guitar.”

– Guitarist (UK), February 2006

“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. Thus far, however, putting his musical freedom before the demands of career, his talents have gone largely unrewarded. Miracles For Beginners, his most focused, warm and triumphant album to date, could right that wrong.” – Mojo, July 2007

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page

Loudhailer Acoustic February 2015

Snow and ice outside still and it seemed like far longer than a month since the last Loudhailer Acoustic, so Rich and I were really looking forward to the evening – and what a brilliant night it turned out to be. A big thanks to a great audience, it was great to see so many people there. It was warm and cosy in The Back Room, and what a host of amazing performers. We were delighted to welcome new guests as well as our regular Loudhailer friends. There was a fabulous range of performances, styles and instruments, a fine eclectic mix.

Paul and Lou

Rich was taking photos, so I opened the night with the piano poem I wrote for Refugee Week, but without the piano, guitar instead. Our host Paul Sutton joined me for Respect Yourself – which was fun – no rehearsal just a ‘Do you know the one I mean?’ ‘I think so, it’ll be fine’. So, that got the ball rolling and first up Graham Brady played his catchy songs like an edgy Paul Simon. Very edgy, very catchy and very good.

Lisa and Claire

Great to welcome two fine musicians with a good dollop of natural humour Lisa Wedgner and Claire Brennan whose classic jazz songs went down a treat. Lisa and I go back a long way. Always a stylish performer, it was great to see her prowl the stage and wow the crowd with her controlled vocal style and Claire’s easy jazz piano as a perfect backing.

Next up, Jim Orwin was mesmerising. We held on to every word as he painted a picture of a gritty northern sea town, and then played two of the most beautiful songs with a superb turn of phrase and classy arrangements.

A big hand next for Neil, Suzie and Alan of downtown Hornsea combo The Last Resort, whose fabulous sound of the 50s rocked the room! Complete with stand up bass, cool guitar and smooth harmonies they took me right back to those Happy Days in the USA. The spirit of Etta James and Peggy Lee was with us…or was it The Fonz?

LoudHarper PosterFollow that? Well, there is one person who can follow anyone, and luckily he was there last night. Dick Appleton had everyone in stitches (well, Lynn sitting next to me for sure) and played some fine finger pickin’ good guitar. There’s one person who could follow Dick, but he wasn’t there last night so it was time for a break. But, if you come down to The Back Room on Friday March 13th he will be there. It’s the extraordinary singer and guitarist, Nick Harper who is playing a Loudhailer Special. Dick will be opening up the show. It’ll be a brilliant night. Get your tickets from the venue (01482 847007) before it sells out.

First up after the break, Gifford Rolfe and Joan Foye were on tip top form and Gifford’s stories and emotive songs – Winterlong and Songs from Another Room were fabulous. Joan joined Gifford for their final song, and what a beautiful rendition of Gretchen Peter’s All You Got is a Hammer it was. We did miss The Odd Poet though, taking the air in Barcelona I hear.

Rich explained how when we first bumped into our next guest, we really did bump into her, ice skating down at the rink. That was over ten years ago, and it was brilliant to bump into Vivian Querido (less literally) again last year and to welcome her to Loudhailer Acoustic. Vivian played beautifully and captivated the audience with her evocative Balkan gypsy solo violin tunes. A real highlight, wonderful!

FrankieAnother big welcome back for singer songwriter Frankie Flowers, with a country sound, a lovely smile and a great performance. Frankie would love to go to Nashville. So her song about her parents going there and leaving her behind was ace. How could they do that?!

Karl Oakes has written some fantastic songs, and he started his set with a brand new one – my favourite so far, ‘The devil made me love you’. Karl’s atmospheric guitar playing sounded cool, with his trademark crazy strings sprouting from his headstock and threatening to poke you in the eye if you go too close to his fine looking shiny black waistcoat …

I met up with Ysabelle Wombwell earlier in the day at a meeting for a great music project I’m working on at The Warren Young People’s Centre with Lisa. So it was great that they came to Loudhailer Acoustic for the first time, and brilliant to introduce Ysabelle and Dan Spooner. Yssi and Dan played a lovely easy set, two of Ysabelle’s songs together, and then Dan’s folk Kinks sound was fabulous.

Brian Williams’ blues harp like I’ve never heard for real before was a fantastic finale for the evening. Again, a mesmerising set, complete with stomping rhythms, whoops, hollers and bluesman lyrics, it’s hard to tell where the harp ends and the vocals start. A superb end to a superb night!

Thanks to everyone who came, we enjoyed every moment.

Filey Postcard FinalDon’t forget, we have two pairs of train tickets for unlimited travel on Northern Rail for a day (can be used anytime until Jan 8 2016). We’re having a bus stop raffle. You buy a post card for £1 and we’ll draw the winners at the April Loudhailer Acoustic. All proceeds will support artist expenses at the Loudhailer Seaside Special at Filey Folk Festival. Come to the next Loudhailer Acoustic on Thursday March 5th, or let us know if you want to join in.

I’ll be playing bass with the high energy east/west fusion band Celtarabia at Kardomah94 on Friday 20 Feb. It’s a rare hometown gig and we always have a brilliant night, great for dancing as well as listening. It would be great to see you there. Info and tickets here.

Have a look at the photos Rich took, just click on one to see the full picture and scroll through…

I can’t sign off without a shout out for Jeff Parsons and Graham Graham Beck who were both expecting to come but the dreaded lurgy prevented it. Graham even missed Phil’s gift of none other than a Mr Kipling Battenberg cake. We took it home to keep it ‘safe’for Graham. Yum, thanks Phil.

Make a date for next time, first Thursday of the month – full details here – so March 5th, be great to see you there! Rich & Lou

Nick Harper

Nick Harper at the Back Room
We had a top sold out Loudhailer Special with the fantastic Nick Harper and lots of friends last night. Thanks to Dick Appleton for a great opening set, Paul at The Back Room, Cottingham and all!

 

Loudhailer presents Nick HarperRich and I are delighted to announce that the superb Nick Harper will be playing a Loudhailer Special at The Back Room in Cottingham on Friday 13th March 2015. Tickets are £12 and are sure to fly out, so call The Back Room on 01482 847007 to book.

If you’ve seen Nick before you’ll know that he is an amazing performer – a superbly passionate singer songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire. He’s full of terrific stories, and fabulously entertaining. If you’ve never seen Nick before you are in for a treat for sure!

Support comes from Loudhailer regular and one of Northern Lincolnshire’s finest, Dick Appleton. Over the years Dick has worked with a number of musicians, including Bert Jansch and Stefan Grossman and established his own particular style of playing. Dick’s fine songwriting and irreverent wit is sure to be a hit and provide a great start to what is sure to be a brilliant night.

Click here for details of how to find The Back Room, and a map.

LoudHarper Poster Hope to see you there! Rich & Lou