We’ve got lots of exciting things going on over this festive period. Recently we completed THE SEARCH FOR FIVE FINGER FRANK: a radio documentary about Frank Kidson and based around our research project. It traces the life & folk song collecting of Leeds man Frank Kidson (1855 – 1926). The documentary, produced by David Crickmore, is narrated by Pete Coe & includes interviews with John Francmanis & staff at The Mitchell Library (where the collection resides) plus quotes from Kidson, voiced by Richard Stead & niece Ethel, Alice Jones. Pete & Alice are heard to discover & arrange an alternative version of Scarborough Fair, collected by Kidson in Goathland. We hope that this documentary will remind listeners that Frank Kidson, often overlooked in the past, even the present, was truly ‘a pioneeer of the folk revival’.

It is scheduled to be broadcast on Sunday 28th December at 8pm and it will also available on Listen Again for the following 30 days at www.bbc.co.uk/radioleeds

Talking of BBC Radio Leeds… we also had the great honour of performing a few folk-y carols at this year’s BBC Leeds Christmas Service held at the Halifax Minster. It was a fabulous evening including music from The Minster Choir, Graham Gribbin and Jonathon Clegg and The Hebden Bridge Brass Band.

The service will be broadcast on 92.4FM/95.3FM BBC Radio Leeds on Christmas Eve at 6.00pm and repeated again on Christmas Day at 2.00pm.

BBC Radio Leeds Christmas Service 4th December 2014

We have a couple of feature interviews published in the current editions of Tykes News magazine and in fROOTS magazine. We were also very pleased to find that we have been listed amongst the Runners Up for the “Best New Album in the fROOTS Critics Poll 2014″

Bookings for 2015 are rolling in and our next Yorkshire dates are;

ILKLEY Friday 16th January- Manor House Art Gallery & Museum- Contact 01943 609393
SHEFFIELD  Wednesday 11th March- Rivelin Folk Club- Contact 0114 2665638
WHITBY FOLK WEEK  22 – 28 August

Other dates outside the Yorkshire region include;

LONDON Saturday 7th February- Cecil Sharp House as part of 50th anniversary celebrations for Halsway Manor.
WASHINGTON Saturday 18th April- Davy Lamp Folk Club
BARROW ON SOAR Monday 27th April- Grand Union Folk Club
WATFORD Friday 8th May- Watford Folk Club
LYMM FESTIVAL (associated event) Thursday 18th June
NORWICH Friday 10th July- Norwich Folk Club
HALSWAY MANOR 17 -19th July- Kidson weekend, workshops & concert.

We’re also in the process of planning a few more in-depth Frank Kidson events and study days for 2015:

We will hopefully be collaborating with Leeds University in conjunction with Leeds Central Library to put on a “Kidson Day” with presentation, workshops and concert in the latter part of 2015.

We are also currently negotiating dates with The Royal Conservetoire Of Scotland and The Mitchell Library to include a presentation and workshops with RCS folk music students and a concert in The Mitchell Library Concert Hall.

And finally… those of you from the Ryburn and Calderdale area (and anywhere else for that matter) are very welcome to join us at the Ryburn 3 Step Folk Club Christmas party taking place on Wednesday the 17th December at The Works starting at 8pm prompt where we will be singing many seasonal songs and indulging in a bit of festive frolicking!

The double CD THE SEARCH FOR FIVE FINGER FRANK is available at £16 (inc p&p) from:

Backshift Music
103 Oldham Road
West Yorkshire
01422 822569

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