Saturday 20th May
A full day of events for all the family from 9.30am ’til midnight. 8 concerts, a folk club, ceilidh, live music in the bar, jig competition, dancing all around the site and the village, showground activities, circus skills and stories.
A Saturday ticket or a Weekend ticket gets you in to all of these events.
Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band to headline Saturday evening….more details to follow.
Sunday 21st May
12 hours of music and entertainment from 10am-10pm. 5 concerts, dance displays, song competition, showground activites, circus skills and stories plus live music in the bar…
A Sunday ticket or a Weekend ticket gets you in to all of these events.
Coope, Boyes and Simpson to headline Sunday evening….more details to follow
Festival Beer Tent
Shepley sits in the middle of the most exciting and productive craft beer area in the country. Huddersfield has more independent breweries per head of population than anywhere else. The old West Riding is awash with breweries.
Not only that, Shepley used to be a brewing centre in its own right. Seth Senior and Sons brewed its famous Sovereign Ales between 1829 and 1946, initially at the Sovereign Inn and then on Piper Wells Lane. It owned much of land and property in Shepley, had 99 pubs throughout the area, and a tremendous reputation. The Senior family home was festival venue Cliffe House.
We are proud, therefore, to be teaming up with a range of local producers to provide a taste of Yorkshire, with all the cask beers coming from within a few miles of the festival site. Not only that, for the first time we have a special refrigerated container on site to ensure that the beers and ciders are kept in the best possible cellar-cooled conditions. No more warm beer!
This is, after all, a music festival, so those enjoying a drink in the bar will be well catered for. The Beer Tent Stage – with professional grade sound and lighting – will have live performances throughout the weekend.
Baa Baa Bazaar
The ‘Baa Baa Bazaar’ will be back again this year. Celebrating Shepley’s rich woollen history there will be a variety of woollen crafts for you to try and buy.
Details of other yarns and crafters to follow………..
Bring along your needles and hooks to our ‘Purl before Wine’ knitting and crochet circle. Over the weekend and beyond we are supporting Knit-a-Square, a charity that provides warm blankets and knitted toys for orphaned and vulnerable children in Southern Africa.
Knit and natter and listen to the music on ‘The Guillotine Stage’ You can bring your own projects or make a square for one of our charity projects. We will have some wool and needles and crochet hooks for you to use.
The Guillotine Stage is our busking spot…come along with your voice, your instruments and your friends and give a us a tune or two… our knitters will watch and listen!!
Why did women knit by the guillotine during the French Revolution?
Knitting represented the fact that they were not women of leisure like the upper classes being executed. They needed to spend all available times knitting garments for their families. It was normal for women of modest means to spend all of their otherwise free time knitting in those days, because they could not afford ready-made socks, scarves, baby clothes, and such. So it would have been both that they could not afford to be idle while watching the spectacle of the day, but also a definite political statement
Do you remember when Radio 4 was called the Home Service? Do you remember the singing lessons on the radio at school? You had to be in from playtime and sitting at your desk by 11am on a Monday morning because you could not record from the radio back then! This is where many of us first learnt traditional folk songs.
We have some of the old brochures and there will again be chance to sing along with some old favourites during the weekend at Shepley in our Singing Together Sessions.
John Birmingham Cup Singing Competition
A Competition for Songwriters of Unaccompanied Songs in the Folk Tradition
Whitby Folk Week plays host to the last heat and the final of this national songwriting competition.
Heats of The John Birmingham Cup are held throughout the year. This is a great chance to share your original songs. Previous winners include Jess Arrowsmith, Cath Tyler and Gavin Davenport. The winner of the Shepley heat in 2013, Vikki Fielden went on to win the final in Whitby in August that year.
Listen to Vikki’s song ‘April Fool’ here
Due to the growing interest in this competition we may have to limit the number of entries in each category. Entry £5