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Monday 7th July 2014
EVA QUARTET + Seven Jazz Voices Choir directed by Nicki Allan + Ilkley Moornotes
Venue: St Mary‘s Church, Church Lane, Garforth, LS25 1NR
Doors: 7:30pm
Tickets: £10 standard / £8 concession (see here for info)
Tickets available online here.

The Eva Quartet consists of some of the best Bulgarian female voices – the four young solo singers (after a strong selection from one thousand applicants) of the world famous female folk choir “Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares”. Here the different voices meet in such virtuosity that you get the feeling of listening to just one voice.
The programme of the quartet includes traditional Bulgarian music and church hymns as well as arrangements of more contemporary music.

“The floating diaphony of the Bulgarian folklore music which is producing melodious sound from parallel seconds – these were sounds which – we don’t know how – impart an amazing presence to the old myth of music as a universal language. “ – Wolfgang Fuhrmann / Berliner Zeitung

The Seven Jazz Voices Choir were formed a little over a year ago by the Leeds jazz organisation known as “Seven Jazz” and is directed by the award-winning Leeds jazz vocalist, Nicki Allan. As part of their community workshop programme the choir is open to all singers who have a love of jazz and gospel and part-singing together and welcomes those who also play an instrument, combining skills to make great, enjoyable choral music. If you would like to join our choir or find out more about jazz and vocal workshops in your area then visit www.sevenjazz.co.uk or www.nickiallan.com.

Tuesday 8th July
LADY MAISERY + Roots Alive + Arts Live Folk Band
Venue: Garforth Working Men’s Club 7:30pm
Tickets: £8/£6

Nominated for the 'Horizon' BBC Folk Award 2012 and for 'Best Debut' at the Spiral Awards 2012, forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola), Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads.

Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp and fiddle, be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes.

Roots Alive are a City of Leeds Youth Music group who play folk & traditional music on a range of instruments strings and woodwind, but also hand percussion, accordions and concertinas. Garforth Arts Festival is delighted to welcome them back again to perform for you.

The Arts Live Folk Band is a relatively new ensemble of young musicians from Garforth who perform folk & acoustic music on a broad range of instruments, led by Kathy Lowton.

Both these youth ensembles will be collaborating with Hannah James from Lady Maisery through intensive workshops over the coming months to create new pieces which will be performed for the first time at this event.

Saturday 5th July
KIPPAX BRASS BAND - celebrating their 200th Anniversary this year
Venue: St Mary’s Church, Garforth, 7:30pm
Tickets: £6/£4

2014 marks the bi-centenary of Kippax Band with a series of special events and concerts planned throughout the year to mark this historic occasion including a concert at St Mary’s Church in Garforth as part of Garforth Arts Festival.

Wednesday 9th July 2014

featuring Stephen Frost, Andy Smart and Steve Steen

Venue: Garforth Academy - Doors 7:30pm Adv. £10/£8 (concession – see here for info)
Tickets available online here

The format is simple. The comedians improvise a full show of comedy based on audience suggestion. It’s mad, but that’s what comedy improv is all about, and it’s what the Whose Line Is It Anyway? gang do so well.

It is comedy without a safety net, it is guerrilla theatre and it is very, very funny.

Stephen started his comedy career in a double act with Mark Arden called the Oblivion Boys. They appeared on Saturday Live, and in The Young Ones, before their own TV series Lazarus and Dingwall. Stephen has also appeared on his own on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Have I Got News For You, and Never Mind The Buzzcocks. He acted in Blackadder I & IV, and in Mr Bean Rides Again. He has performed at many Edinburgh Festivals and acted on the West End Stage. Interesting Fact: His dad was the artist Sir Terry Frost.

Thursday 10th July
‘MUSIC OF JONI MITCHELL’ – an evening of music and discussion inspired by the artist Joni Mitchell
Venue: Garforth Working Men’s Club, 7:30pm
Tickets: £7/£5

An evening of Joni Mitchell’s music re-imagined, re-interpreted and reflected upon by artists and speakers from across Leeds.

A singer, composer and lyricist of exceptional talent and unmatched influence, Joni Mitchell has crafted an extraordinary body of work spanning more than 40 years and is widely regarded as one of the brightest musical lights of recent generations.

"When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century." – AllMusic

"…one of the greatest songwriters ever." – Rolling Stone

Artists performing on the night include:

Emily Levy (Orgatronics) , Kenny Higgins (Corinne Bailey Rae, Dread Supreme), Gary Stewart (Hope & Social, Ellen and The Escapades) & Dave Evans (Fruit Tree Project, Love Society)

Formed especially for this event, this band will headline the concert, delivering a selection of arrangements of Joni Mitchell’s music from her extensive discography.

Jacobean Ruff

Jacobean Ruff are a young modern folk band based in Leeds, forming in mid 2012. Their music has often drawn comparisons with Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes and Laura Marling, and could easily be described as a blend of the three. Communion Leeds called it 'An exciting pairing of thoughtful, traditional folk styles and clever pop songwriting'.

At points throughout the evening Peter Mills and Laura Barton will reflect on the music and discuss the artist Joni Mitchell, giving insight into her life and works.

Gaining his PhD from the University of Liverpool on the work of Olaf Stapledon, Peter spent ten years teaching Literature, Music, Philosophy and History at universities in the UK and Europe. He currently teaches a range of modules on the Media Communication Culture degree at Leeds Metropolitan University, with an emphasis on his area of particular expertise, music.

Laura Barton is a British writer and journalist. She was born and grew up in the village of Newburgh in Lancashire, and was educated at Upholland High School. She moved out of the area to read for an English degree at Worcester College, Oxford, and following graduation, started writing for The Guardian, as a journalist and feature writer, in 2000.

Friday 4th July 2014

featuring Adrian Edmondson

Venue: Libby’s @ 37 (formerly Garforth Liberal Club)
Doors 7.30pm

The Bad Shepherds play punk-era songs on folk instruments. They do songs by The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, The Jam, Sham 69, The Undertones, The Ramones, The Buzzcocks, The Specials, Talking Heads, Squeeze and others, even Kraftwerk!

With Adrian playing the mandolin, world-renowned Troy Donockley plays the ethereal uillean pipes and the bouzouki, Tim Harries (Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, Steeleye Span - and two previous Bad Shepherds albums) on the Double Bass and Terl Bryant (Iona, Peter Murphy Band, John Paul Jones Band) on Percussion, the four of them now form the core of the band with occasional guest musicians.

“ If you haven't heard The Bad Shepherds, I suggest you remedy that oversight immediately. What they do has been done before: bands have often folked-up pop songs for a fun encore but Adrian Edmondson and his band take it seriously and offer a superb re-interpretation of the music of the 70s and 80s. ” – Dai Jeffries / R2 ****

Thursday 3rd July
DREAD SUPREME featuring Claude Deppa and Garforth Jazz Rock Band
Venue: Garforth Working Men’s Club, 7:30pm
Tickets: £8/£6

Co-led by saxophonist Richard Ormrod and drummer/producer Sam Hobbs, Dread Supreme features the cream of Leeds rhythm section players and develops the previously unheard roots sound of John Coltrane, Afro-Cuban jazz and now tunes by the great South African musicians who fought the apartheid regime with culture.

Featuring from South Africa the deeply heavy Claude Deppa (Carla Bley Big Band) on trumpet.

Richard Ormrod – horns, voice
Sam Hobbs - drums
Chris Campbell – guitar
Bob Birch – organ, synth
Kenneth Higgins – bass
Spear – percussion
+ horn section TBA

Supporting Dread Supreme will be the Garforth Jazz Rock Band, playing a selection of big band jazz, fresh arrangements of popular pieces from across a wide range of genres and a new piece commissioned to celebrate their 10th anniversary, composed by Richard Ormrod in collaboration with the band.

Monday 30th June, during Cielo opening hours
PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION celebrating 10 years of Garforth Arts Festival
Venue: Cielo Coffee House, Main Street, Garforth
Tickets: Free entry

An exhibition by Anthony Hicks celebrating the Garforth Arts Festival’s 10th year by looking back at the history of the event.