Saturday 9 July 2011
In the past 30 years of his career, Billy Bragg has recorded hit
singles, composed Top Ten albums and written political anthems while
blending elements of folk & punk rock and singing honest songs
from the heart.
Billy Bragg embarked on a solo UK tour on 1st December 2010 and
he will be headlining the Main Stage at Garforth Arts Festival 2011.
a formidable, inquisitive and globetrotting combination
of story-teller, historian, activist, father, enthusiast, pilgrim,
entertainer, minstrel, humorist, rambler, sermoniser and scholar
I often turn to no-nonsense, nimble-witted, worldly-wise Billy
Bragg." - Paul Morley, The Guardian.
Hugh Masekela has been at the heart of the music of his country
since the 1960s; his soaring, joyful trumpet sound that brims with
warmth and optimism, continues as an expression of resistance and
a celebration of resilience.
After 20 years, Hugh Masekela still performs with magisterial
ease. He's as much a charismatic orator as musician, and much of
his magic is to do with timing. He sang with a wild abandon; he
sent trumpet lines plunging and soaring; he cajoled the audience;
he beat an African bell until I thought it would crack; and, in
the old classic Stimela ("Steam Train"), he told the story
with all the sound effects. - Telegraph
Salsa Celtica's synthesis of Scottish and Irish traditional music
with all the Latin American elements of salsa has taken them and
their music all over the world. In the last ten years the group
has been a hit equally at major celtic, jazz, world music and salsa
festivals. Their albums have topped the New York and L.A. salsa
charts and European world music charts, the band has been nominated
for folk music awards and appeared as themselves in a feature film.
Their line-up combines some of Scotland and Ireland's most exciting
traditional musicians together with a stellar group of world, jazz
and salsa musicians from the U.K. and Latin America. Salsa Celtica
is a stunning combination of virtuosity and energy, making them
one of the most exciting groups on the world music circuit today.
Started in Edinburgh and Glasgow in 1995 Salsa Celtica has gone
on to invent their own genre and then take it around the world and
back again to critical and public acclaim. The group has released
four studio albums, most recently "El Camino" also to
critical and public acclaim. With a new studio album set for release
in 2011 as well as a live album and DVD the band look set to push
further their celtic salsa mission
"A stunning marriage of musical styles..." -
"Scene stealers..." - The Observer, UK
"This unique group is a dynamic force on the world music
scene" - Songlines UK
JAZZ ROCK BAND
The Garforth Jazz Rock Band was formed in October of 2003 as part
of the Garforth Community Arts School operated by, and based at,
Garforth Community College in Garforth, East Leeds. The band was
formed under the guidance of band leader Dave Evans and remains
under his direction to this day.
Their repertoire includes jazz, funk, classic pop tracks, contemporary
dance music arranged for a big band, traditional & modern South
African music and grows larger with each rehearsal.
Since its conception in 2003 GJRB has gone on to become the
busiest, and one of the best, youth jazz ensembles in the United
Kingdom, performing all over the UK, and touring Ireland, Germany
and most recently, Durban, South Africa <http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/leeds/hi/people_and_places/newsid_9421000/9421655.stm>
The Wallbirds formed in early 2007 consisting of three cousins
Anthony 'Walt' Lindley on vocals, guitar & harmonica, Chris
Autey on vocals & drums and Luke Moreton on vocals & Bass.
In autumn/winter of 2007 the band toured the UK with The Pigeon
Detectives and in 2008 they toured with Air Traffic, One Night
Only, Kate Nash and The Wombats, to name a few. The Wallbirds released
The Avenue on the Leeds based indie label Dance to the Radio. The
single 'Lying at the Side of You' has already been played
by the likes of BBC Radio 2's Janice Long, Chris Evans, Terry Wogan
and Alex Lester. Also BBC Radio 6's Shaun Keavney and Chris Hawkins.
East Leeds FM will be hosting their own stage this year, with
the following exciting line-up featuring some of the best up &
coming bands alongside more established acts. Broadcasting live
from their mobile studio, the ELFM team will be touring the festival
site, interviewing people, hosting artists in the "caravan
of love" after their on-air performances and running the second
stage throughout the day so get down and get involved...
(times and artists subject to change)
2.35-2.50: Bramley Primary
3.00-3.25: The Artists
3.35-3.55: Next Generation
4.05-4.35: Next Gen 2011
4.45-5.10: The Finnlys http://www.thefinnlys.co.uk
5.45-6.15: Liz Reynolds
6.30-7.00: Joseph & David
8.00-8.40: Tigers That Talked
...INFORMATION ON MORE PERFORMERS TO FOLLOW...
Main Event information: The Playground Party on Saturday
TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR AND FROM TICKETMASTER.
N.B. There is NO PARKING on site. Alternative parking will be
signposted on all routes into Garforth.
The Playground Party once again brings together an outstanding line
up of the some of the best and most talented acts from the U.K and
beyond. For just £15 this has to be the best value festival
day in the U.K. Expect some amazing performances from local acts
alongside Billy Bragg, Salsa Celtica and many more TBC, all hosted
by the wonderful Mike Hancock. Not to be missed!
VENUE: Garforth Academy Grounds
TIME: Doors open: 2.30pm
Single: £15.00 (Standard)
Single: £12.00 (Concession under 16s or over 60s)
Family: £40.00 (2 adults & 2 under 16s OR 1 adult &
3 under 16s)
Under 5s go free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Discounts available for local residents information to
Also available from School Partnership Trust Uniforms, 115 Main
Street, Garforth, Leeds, LS251AF and Jumbo Records, St Johns
Centre, Leeds, http://www.jumborecords.co.uk
FESTIVAL EVENTS LISTINGS
WEEK BEGINNING 27 JUNE 2011
STREET DANCE SPECTACULAR
Monday 27th June 2011
Garforth Arts Festival 2011 opens with a Street Dance Spectacular
featuring 200 performers from 8 local primary schools, led by professional
street dancer Booma. There will be two performances, starting at
7pm & 8pm, in which audiences will experience the culmination
of months of hard work by the children of East Leeds.
Brigshaw High School, Allerton Bywater
Tickets: £3/£2 (we advise advanced purchase for
all our events to avoid disappointment on the night)
OPEN MIC NIGHT
Tuesday 28th June 2011
Calling all musicians/singers/poets/performers! We want YOU to
play at Garforth Arts Festival. We seek original performances from
local people on stage this is your chance to get heard.
If you are interested in performing please contact us at: email@example.com
by Friday 17th June.
Garforth Working Mens Club
Wednesday 29th June 2011
Nickis ability to interpret Jazz Classics effortlessly and
stylishly has made her a well-respected Jazz singer over recent
years. Just recently she was awarded Jazz Yorkshire Vocalist of
the year 2010 and has a full diary of gigs with her Sextet, including
performing at Glastonbury this June. The Nicki Allan Sextet already
have one Album available on iTunes, Amazon and other online stores
and will shortly be recording their follow up to the very successful
People will say were in Love.
Not only is Miss Allan a highly talented song-smith,
but can boast an immediate stage presence and relaxed rapport with
audiences lucky enough to catch her in live performance
the show at your peril!! Jazz Scene
Garforth Working Mens Club
WEST YORKSHIRE YOUTH DANCE FESTIVAL
Thursday 30th June 2011
Once again the Garforth Arts Festival will host the West Yorkshire
Youth Dance Festival, a celebration of youth dance ranging from
contemporary to ballet & from street dance to break dance. Around
15 schools & community dance groups from the region will perform
pieces specially choreographed for the event.
Brought to you in association with The West Yorkshire Dance Hub,
Youth Dance England & Phoenix Dance Theatre, this promises to
be an extravaganza of original dance of the highest quality.
CEILIDH FEATURING SLANIA
Thursday 30th June 2011
Come along bring your dancing shoes!
Ninelands Primary School
FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE!
Friday 1st July 2011
Unsigned acts from the local area take to the stage to perform
a broad range of original music & cover versions. Indie, alt-rock,
metal, acoustic & pop have all featured at previous Friday Night
Live events but there are no restrictions on genre.. It is a platform
for young people to perform their music to large audiences in a
professional venue. Expect high sound levels, strobe lights &
a buzzing atmosphere
ARTS LIVE SHOWCASE
Saturday 2nd July 2011
Arts Live is a community arts school which provides a wealth of
opportunities for young people from the local area to get involved
with music, dance & theatre. These opportunities include performances
to real audiences and you are invited to see the work that these
children have produced over the last 6 months.
This event will feature performances from over 120 children who
are part of Masquerade Childrens theatre, guitar students,
the Street Dance Club and others TBC.
Saturday 2nd July 2011
Back by popular demand after last years sell-out show, Garforth
Arts Festival welcomes Cabaret Heaven. Since 1998 Cabaret Heaven
has run glorious nights of comedy, variety, surprises, dance bands
and DJs at regular venues, festivals and other celebrations. They
have put on over a hundred nights to nearly 28,000 people - although
most of them have come more than once!
a phenomenal night - Front Row, BBC
A brilliant show that delights and astounds -
Dawn Warriner - Arts Oldham
And from the punters...
the best night out in Leeds Emily
the best fun with my clothes on Jac
Mrs Barbara Nice Hilarious Stockport housewife creation of Phoenix
Nights and Corrie actress www.mrsbarbaranice.co.uk
Trevor Organ Smashing comedy plate-spinner www.pete-white.co.uk
MC: Mike Hancock with stunts, songs and surprises. www.mikehancock.org.uk
Closing the night will be the fabulous Screamin Gs
Rock n Roll band performing a set so we advise you to
bring your dancing shoes
Garforth Working Mens Club
Sunday 3rd July 2011
Tickets: Family Entry By Programme £1.50
Monday 4th July 2011
FOR ALL Red Ladder Theatre Company Project
Tuesday 5th July
Ladder will be working with local young actors to create an event
entitled Justice For All which will take place at the Garforth Arts
Founded in 1968, the company is now acknowledged as one of Britains
leading national touring companies producing high quality new plays
for diverse audiences and has managed to reinvent itself without
losing its fundamental aim of reaching parts other companies
dont, wont or cant.
STORIES FROM THE STREET: Featuring Gareth
Durasow, Matthew Hedley Stoppard & Adam Strickson
Wednesday 6th July 2011
Stories from the Street is a project which gives people who live,
work or are otherwise connected in some way to Garforth the opportunity
to tell their story. Writer-in-residence Gareth Durasow has been
speaking to people around the town of all ages & backgrounds
to find out about their lives. These stories, anecdotes & characters
will feature in a book entitled Stories From The Street, Garforth.
Hosted by Gareth Durasow, along with special guest writers &
spoken word artists Matthew Hedley Stoppard & Adam Strickson,
the event will feature readings from the forthcoming book, poetry
& exhibits from the project showing how the publication was
Come along and find out about the secret lives of Garforth in
a relaxed and friendly evening of local culture where everyone has
a story to tell.
Baraka Café, Garforth
BLUES NIGHT - Featuring Mojo 57
Thursday 7th July 2011
57 were born from a mutual love of blues. The band are heavily influenced
by artists such as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, but also take
advantage of Sams saxophone playing to produce the RnB sounds
of artists such as Ray Charles.
With a laid-back feel and a style which drips quality
from every note, this three-piece band are in a class of their own...
a band that needs to be on everyones must-see list - Keep
Music Live blogspot
Thornton: Vocals, Guitar, Sax
Matt Baxter: Vocals, Acoustic/Slide Guitar
Adam Richards: Double Bass
As part of this event, new pieces & reworks of old classics
will be performed by local musicians who have been working alongside
Mojo 57 to develop their blues skills so make sure you get down
early to enjoy the best in local upcoming blues talent.
Garforth Working Mens Club
STRAWBERRY LUNCH PROJECT
Friday 8th July 2011
This is a project for the whole of Year 8 from Garforth Academy.
Urban Strawberry Lunch were formed in 1987. They began making music
on anything they could find after all of our musical instruments
were destroyed in a fire at our rehearsal rooms. The group have
gone from strength to strength since then, performing internationally,
nationally and locally.
At the cutting edge of the Low Technology scene
Eco-friendly instruments include
The Batphone (sounds like a Bass synthesizer) made from tuned hollow
pipes _ Scrap Kit - drum kit made from plastic barrels and a kitchen
sink _ Didgeridoo made from traffic cones _ Saxophone made from
water pipe _ Kangazoo made from a film canister and a balloon _
Car Wheel Gamelan made with car wheels _ Leg Guitar made from a
shop dummys leg _ Cross Bow hammer dulcimer instrument _ Stick
Bass made from a broom handle and an old speaker magnet _ Longbow
- deep sub-bass instrument, made from an archery bow
This event will feature workshops in which local young people
will perform original compositions on instruments they have created.