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Garforth Arts Festival is delighted to welcome the Hee Haw Sessions who will be curating and running a stage at this year’s Playground Party on Saturday 12th July. Tickets and further info for this event can be found here. Starting at 5:35pm on the day, the Hee Haw Sessions Stage will feature the following artists:


Set Time 8.50pm - 9.30pm
Listen: http://maiatheband.com/music/
Maia are a genre-busting four piece straight out of Huddersfield. Some reviewers have tried to pigeonhole them as ”intelligently off-centre alt.folk pop”. Everyone who’s had the simple pleasure of catching them live has variously described them as youthful, spirited, richly atmospheric, remarkable, foot-stompingly contagious, fantastic, exciting and warm! They have played for Hee Haw Sessions in the past and have never disappointed.


Set Time 7.45pm - 8.20pm
Listen: https://soundcloud.com/we-died- at-sea
We Died at Sea are a Leeds based band influenced by the ragtime, hot jazz, hokum and western swing of the 1920's, 30's and 40's. The attention to detail in the bands songwriting and performance shine through, taking something steeped in the past and highlighting the perpetual relevance of a music often thought of as primitive or archaic. Taking their cue from artists such as Blind Boy Fuller, Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies, The Harlem Hamfats, Lefty Frizzell, Bo Carter, Louis Jordan and Cannon's Jug Stompers, We Died at Sea are a band with the sole intention of making people dance.


Set Time 6.40pm - 7.15pm
Listen: http://huntingbears1.bandcamp.com/
Hunting Bears are a Leeds-based orchestral folk sextet with a penchant for full-band vocal harmonies who mix Celtic harp, violin and bowed double bass with electric guitar, keyboards and drums. The Bears are influenced by the cross-rhythmic maximalist textures of Bon Iver; the intricate vocal harmonies of The Staves; and the songwriting craft of Ron Sexsmith and Loudon Wainwright III. In the past two years they have played at Green Man Festival, Beatherder Festival, opened The Brudenell Social Club stage at Live at Leeds and have been billed alongside The Head and the Heart, Paul Thomas Saunders and Lanterns on the Lake.


Set Time 5.35pm - 6.10pm
Listen: http://neilmcsweeney.com/album/remember-to-smile
Although born in Scotland, Neil has spent the best part of his adult life in Sheffield. His debut album, ‘Remember To Smile’ was released in 2006 and attracted national radio play. The single ‘Postcards’ was released by Kids Records (the singles arm of Warner Music UK). Two albums later and Neil has worked with a host of accomplished musicians including Richard Hawley, Bellowhead, Lucy Farrell, Sam Sweeney, Brooks Williams to name a few. Described by The Guardian as the male Tracy Chapman, it is his direct and personal lyrics for which he is most recognised. Bitter sweet songs, broody and bold Neil has long been a favourite of Hee Haw Sessions and is unquestionably an immensely talented singer songwriter.