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


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

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

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

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

Saturday 29th April 2017 at The Masonic Hall

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

Sunday 30th April 2017

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

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

Visit Nick Harper’s Website

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

Visit Filey Folk Festival Website

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

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

Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard – Visit our Home Page



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