Solstice celebration at the Trades Club

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The Mental Elf Collective celebrates the Winter Solstice in the company of raucous folk anarchists Warblfly on Friday 18 December.

Warblfly are yet another legendary festival band the Mental Elf team are bringing to the valley with fiddles, melodeons and mandolas ringing out over a flurry of fingers backed by a pounding rhythm section all topped with helping of sweet harmonies.

Support comes from DJ Cosmo Naughty who used to live in the valley when he was a key member of the Cabbage Head Kids in the nineties before establishing a massive reputation playing to thousands of revellers in festival tents across Europe.

Vin GarbuttThe weekend kicks off with another top booking for Steve Tilston's Trades Roots night on Thursday 17th December as Vin Garbutt brings his powerful and humane tunes to the club.

Vin is a winner of the ‘Best Live act’ at the Radio 2 Folk Awards making him one of the most sought after acts on the circuit with some critics describing his songs as beautifully crafted, funny and gut-wrenchingly honest.

In his forty year career Vin has toured the worlds with his socially aware anthems highlighting the impact of global warming among many other causes resulting in his appointment as a musical ambassador for his native Teesside.

Local soul legends Souled Out return on Saturday 19 December promising a set full of soul and R'n' B classics from the last fifty years guaranteed to fill the dance floor in the Christmas Party season.

“Mental Elf and Steve Tilston are united by the sheer quality of the acts they bring to the club as we have been chasing Warblefly and Vin Garbutt all year,” Trades Club spokesperson Paul Clarke told the Hebden Bridge Web.

“Last time Souled Out played it was a sell out and given it’s Christmas Party season it would seem the perfect place for locals to fall out with their boss or have that unwise kiss with a colleague under the mistletoe.”

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