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Folk Festival Weekend

May 19, 2015 / FairTrader

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We had a very successful beer tasting event with live music over the Friday and Saturday of the Holmfirth Festival of Folk to mark the expansion of the range of local beers now on sale at fair trader. As well as established favourites from The Nook and Little Valley Brewery, we now stock beers from Empire brewery in Slaithwaite and Bradfield brewery. We expect to expand the range further.

The downstairs cavern was packed for long periods on both days with people who appreciate good beer and good music. There were visitors from London, Dublin and France.

The music programme organised by fair trader volunteer and folk festival steward Greta Bradley included solo acts and groups playing fiddle, guitar, squeeze-box, double bass and many more. The artists included Hugh Dailly, James Christopher Petit, James Munroe, Andy Valentine & Linda Williams,  Ollie Plunkett, Trouble at 'Mill, Norman Pearson & the Blue Grass Band, and a spell-binding duo of violinist Jamie Philokyprou playing with guitarist  Will Clark.

Trouble at 'Mill

Trouble at 'Mill

The event concluded with a distinctly non-folksy session by a group from Holmfirth High, The Psychedelic Blues Project.  They set up their PA set outside the back door of the shop. They soon had Hollowgate rocking, attracting nearly all of the patrons of the Elephant and Castle out onto the Bridge. The band brought the event to a conclusion with an extended version of Sympathy for the Devil.

The Psychedelic Blues Project The Psychedelic Blues Project

We had over 40 entries in the beer tasting competition which asked participants to identify a selection of 5 of the 20 plus beers now available at fair trader. Only 5 people identified all 5 correctly and the winner drawn from these 5 was Robin Savage who was visiting from London.

The event was a great success and we will surely do something involving beer and music again. As several people said, 'The Cavern is such a great place to hear live music'. Now where have we heard that before?

Ollie Plunkett

Ollie Plunkett

  Will Clark and Jamie Philokyprou

Will Clark and Jamie Philokyprou

In the meantime come and try the extended range of local beers and look out for more arriving soon.

         

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