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Calder Youth Folk

Calder Youth Folk up and running again after summer break and seeking new members!

The Calder Youth Folk Band are up and running again after their summer break. Kevin Rivett, Director of Calderdale Music Trust based in Halifax, paid the group a visit at the start of term. "Enjoyment all round - came away buzzing!" he said. "The key aspect for me of the evening was that it was great fun for all, to enjoy just being together and playing music. There was something for everyone, whether you have just started or are a seasoned performer."

"It's great that we had a couple of new faces join us after the summer, and we are always on the lookout for more young musicians to join our fantastic folk group. It's brilliant fun and we play some lovely tunes," said tutor Jenny Trott. "We meet every Monday in term time at 6.30pm for practice sessions in the Hope Baptist Church in Hebden Bridge."

"We've a great range of events and activities and a number of firsts for the group lined up for the autumn term too," said Alison Bravington, CYF’s chair and assistant tutor with the group. "The group have their first performance of the new term at Hebden Royd Town Hall on Saturday 12th October, and we also hope to busk in the town square afterwards if the weather behaves."

"Other key events term," she added, "include gigs at both a residential care home and the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge as part of the Town Folk event over the weekend of 15th-16th November. We're also hosting a fundraising ceilidh at Wadsworth Community Centre on Friday 6th December - everyone is welcome! - and plan to end the term with a seasonal performance at the Family Carol Service in Hope Baptist Church on Saturday 22nd December."

“But we still have space for some more musicians to come and join us,” said Pete Dilley, folk musician and assistant tutor with the group. “We’re especially looking for another guitarist or two to join our ukulele players in the rhythm section. Our wind section could do with more players too, so if you play a recorder, whistle or flute you’d also be very welcome. If there are any other young musicians out there who are interested and have their own instrument it would be brilliant if they were to come along and just give us a try!”

"To get an idea of what it’s like being in the group, the project has produced a promotional video which you can see on Calder Youth Folk’s Facebook page," said CYF’s treasurer, Neil Diment. “The Calder Youth Folk project team is very grateful to both Calderdale Council and Hebden Royd Town Council for supporting our project. Thanks to their help, the cost is just £3 a session, but we’re offering the first one free for anyone who wants to try us out. There's no need to book, and we are hoping young folk will just ‘turn up to tune up’ from 6.30pm, so Jenny can make a start at 6.45pm!”

Anyone interested in joining is very welcome to just turn up on a Monday evening. If you’d like a bit more information about the project or the weekly sessions, please call Alison on 07979 929542, or email us at: [email protected]