Itís Ho-Hoedown Time at the Trades

Tuesday, 24 March 2009 Matt BarnardIt is ho-hoedown time as Cabaret Heaven welcomes Sheriff Matt Barnard and his Wild West juggling act to the Trades Club on Saturday, 28th March.

Sheriff Matt juggles clubs, balls, knives and fire with a unique finale as he drinks a pint of beer in very unusual way from a pint glass resting on his head while risking losing the odd finger juggling knives.

Matt has performed for Sir Richard Branson as well as a stint in the comedy tent at the Glastonbury Festival before taking his madcap juggling act all over the world including a stint on the P&O cruise ship Oriana

The juggling sheriff is supported by hanging Judge Ronald Arthur Dewhurst with his laconic and inspired observations on life before host Peggy Lee referees the campest gunfight in history.

The night rounds off with a chance to take your partners for an old fashioned country hoedown as the Last Chance Saloon Band unpack their fiddles and call a dizzying array of tunes including their own special version of YMCA.

It’s another packed weekend at the Trades kicked off by Sally Wheeler’s Rock the Valley night, the latest event in her one-woman quest to discover the best local bands.

Hebden Bridge’s Cool Piano Roll are first up with their trippy instrumental tunes and the Loconics travel down from Sowerby Bridge to headline the night with a mix of their own tunes as well as hits from the Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Kings of Leon.

Friday sees the first visit from Wheeler Street who have been described as a ‘young Levellers’. The seven piece band have all grown up in folk families learning some of the oldest folk songs from family members and play a dizzying array of instruments from concertina to bouzouki producing a unique live sound.

Their high energy live shows won them a strong festival following last summer but it is their close harmonies that are guaranteed to win them a new audience in Hebden Bridge.

Once the stage has been cleared the Funk Ugly DJs take over with their mix of old school funky house tunes filling the dancefloor until the early hours.

“Sally’s Rock the Valley nights has already showcased some of the best young talent along the valley and both Cool Piano Roll and Loconics have a well deserved reputation as among the best live acts in Calderdale,” says Trades Club Spokesperson Paul Clarke.

“Booking Wheeler Street is a real coup for us as they have fiercesome reputation on the live circuit and watching the energy they put into their show you’d think they were playing Wembley Stadium.

“As always Cabaret Heaven have booked one of the tops acts on the comedy circuit and I’m just hoping that Sheriff Matt manages to leave the stage with all ten fingers still attached.”

Tickets for Sally Rocks the Valley (£4), Wheeler Street (£7.50) and Cabaret Heaven (£10) are available from the Trades Club on 01422845265 or

Listen now to some of the acts

Cool Piano Roll

The Laconics

Wheeler Street

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