Thursday 18th May
Free opening concert 8-10pm with the Ale Marys
Please note the festival campsite will NOT be open to weekend ticket holders.
Friday 19th May
Night Fall, Stepling, Rosie Hood
8-10.30pm Coach House – Friday Folk Club
Duncan McFarlane and Anne Brivonese, tbc, Flossie Malavialle
7.30-Midnight Main Stage – Friday Night Concert
Rosie Hood, Fourth Moon, O’Hooley & Tidow, Moulettes
7.30-10pm St. Paul’s Church – Shepley Singers and Friends
Shepley Singers, Stepling, West Yorkshire Concertina Ensemble
Live Music in the Bar from 8pm
Jamie Sykes, Aelfen
A Friday ticket or a Weekend ticket gets you in to all of these events.
Event only tickets from £5 on the door
Saturday 20th May
An Interview with Flossie Malavialle
11-1pm Main Stage – Children’s Concert ( entry with a showground ticket)
Local schools and music groups
11-2pm Coach House -Saturday Folk Club
3Jayz, Aldyn Duo, Sound Tradition, floor spots available
11.30-12.30pm St. Paul’s Church – Meet the Band
Fourth Moon, listen to their music and find out all about the band.
1.30-3.30pm Main Stage – Lunchtime Concert
Stepling, Night Fall, Megson
3.30-4.30pm St. Paul’s Church – An Hour with Roy Bailey
Festival Patron Roy Bailey with Marc Block
3.30-5pm Main Marquee – Massed Dance Display
Watch all the teams… everyone welcome
4.30pm Bar Stage – Megson Family Show
Interactive Folk Concert for Little Music Connoisseurs
4.30-7pm Village Hall – Afternoon Concert
Roger Davies, Kelly Oliver, Stillhouse, Flossie Malavialle
5.30pm Bar Stage – Cliff Barstow Jig Competition
‘Strictly Come Morris!’ see some of the best Morris dancers in action
7.15pm-midnight Main Stage – Saturday Night Concert
Aldyn Duo, Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, Kelly Oliver, East Pointers,
Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band
7.30-11pm Coach House – Trad. Night
3Jayz, Will and Pippa Noble, Aldyn Duo, Night Fall, Sound Tradition
8-11pm Village Hall – Saturday Ceilidh
Peeping Tom with caller Martyn Harvey
Live Music in the Bar from 7.30pm
Jack Patchett, Stillhouse, Roger Davies and his Band
Plus a full day of events for all the family from 10am… 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.
Event only tickets from £5 on the door
Sunday 21st May
Listen to and ask questions of Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
11-12noon St. Paul’s Church – Sunday Service
includes Shepley Singers and some Morris dancing
12-2pm Coach House – Sunday Lunchtime singaround
Will Noble and friends…..
12.30-4.30 Main Stage – Lunchtime Concert (entry with your showground ticket)
Jack Patchett, Duncan McFarlane Band, Mo Kenney, Sound Tradition, Klonk!
2-5pm Village Hall – Sunday Afternoon Concert
The Bromleys, Kelly Oliver, Mo Kenney, Moirai
2.30pm Coach house – John Birmingham Song Competition
Judges for the Shepley heat 2017 – Jess and Richard Arrowsmith
3-4pm St. Paul’s Church – An interview with Coope, Boyes and Simpson
Hear all about CBS and their 23 years on the road as they have announced that this is their final year together.
3pm Bar Stage – Shepley Singers
6.30-10pm Main Stage – Final concert
Ímar, Tim Edey, Coope Boyes and Simpson
Final song – Will Noble sings Pratty Flowers
Live Music in the Bar from 4.30pm
Hokum, The Bromleys
Music and entertainment from 10am-10pm. 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.
Event only tickets from £5 available on the door
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.
Megson with a show of songs and moves for under5s and their families. Bar stage 4.30pm Saturday afternoon.
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. See details here.
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. Judges for the the 2017 Shepley heat will be Richard Arrowsmith and Jess Arrowsmith who is a past winner of the trophy.
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
Cards or Die
We have fast moving, high-energy games (for this read ‘games where you shout at your mates’), co-operative games and calmer, strategy games of varying complexity.
Check out our website www.cardsordie.com, follow us on twitter, facebook or instagram @cardsordie.
Breakfast Sing 9.30-10.45am Cliffe House
Tai Chi -10.30-11.30am -Cliffe House
Guitar workshop 12.00-1.00pm with Duncan McFarlane -Cliffe House
Breakfast Sing 10-11.30am -Cliffe House
Tai Chi -10.30-11.30am -Cliffe House
Melodeon Masterclass 12.30-1.30pm with Tim Edey -Village Hall
Morris Workshops various times during the day -Festival site
Live Music in the bar
Just some of the performers in the bar at the weekend…music and singing and dancing will fill the tent all day!