Top poet Simon Armitage rocks the Trades

Sunday, 21 June 2009

World famous poet Simon Armitage brings his band the Scaremongers to the Trades on Saturday June 27th for a rare live performance of his own brand of indie rock.

The Scaremongers

This event is the first night of the club’s link up with the Arts Festival and Yorkshire born Simon made his name publishing nine volumes of critically acclaimed poetry as well as writing for TV, radio and film.

Simon also won an Ivor Novello award for the powerful lyrics he wrote for Channel 4's BAFTA award winning ‘Feltham Sings’ exposing the tough life in a young offenders institute.

Simon has always been a massive music fan so it seemed natural to form a bad with lifelong friend Craig Smith and the Scaremongers new album ‘Born in a Barn’ is influenced by The Smiths, Comsat Angels and the Fall.

The weekend kicks off with the final Sally Rocks the Valley event on Thursday June 25th before Sally Weaver returns to college after a year’s placement at the club.

The night kicks off with punk rockers Up All Night who are influenced by the likes of Blink 182 and All Time Low. Headliners are Anola Gray from Halifax who are energetic indie-rockers described by D:One Radio as having ‘fantastically raw vocals that sound like nobody else, and drums and guitar that echo the like of the Mars Volta and Oceansize.’

The Chapter Four boys return on Friday June 26th bringing their own brand of Caribbean sunshine back into the valley featuring the usual heady mix of sweet reggae, funky rocksteady and stomping ska from Jamaica and beyond.

Nun the WiserThe weekend rounds off with another Arts Festival event featuring failed nun Triona Adams on Sunday June 28th as she takes you on her journey from life as a top theatrical agent haunting Soho wine bars to the life changing decsion to enter a Benedictine convent.

Triona packed up her habit after only a year claiming to be ‘Nun the Wiser’ apart from a really bad haircut and this hilarious no-holds-barred confessional show is going to the Edinburgh Festival later this tear.

“Simon Armitage was red hot favourite to be the Poet Laureate but was pipped at the post by Carol Ann Duffy so he decided to fulfil the ultimate middle aged bloke’s fantasy and go on the on the road with his mates, but at least we’re guaranteed some decent lyrics.” Trades Club Spokesperson Paul Clarke told the Hebden Bridge Web.

“The Trades has always been a haven for non-conformists and offbeat characters, but we’ve never played host to a failed nun before so we can't wait to hear all about Triona’s bizarre journey from cocktail hour to a convent.

“We’re sad to be saying farewell to Sally Weaver who has done a great job in bringing us of the best young bands along the valley and we wish her well in her studies.”

Tickets for Sally Rocks the Valley (£4) and Chapter 4 (£7.50) are available from Trades on 01422 845265 or Tickets for the festival events are available from 01422 842684 or

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