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Folk Festival Weekend, Holmfirth

Updated: Jun 7, 2018

We had a very successful beer tasting event with live music over the Friday and Saturday of the Holmfirth Festival of Folk to mark the expansion of the range of local beers now on sale at Fair Trader. As well as established favourites from The Nook and Little Valley Brewery, we now stock beers from Empire brewery in Slaithwaite and Bradfield brewery. We expect to expand the range further.


The downstairs cavern was packed for long periods on both days with people who appreciate good beer and good music. There were visitors from London, Dublin and France.


The music programme organised by Fair Trader volunteer and folk festival steward Greta Bradley included solo acts and groups playing fiddle, guitar, squeeze-box, double bass and many more. The artists included Hugh Dailly, James Christopher Petit, James Munroe, Andy Valentine & Linda Williams,  Ollie Plunkett, Trouble at Mill, Norman Pearson & the Blue Grass Band, and a spell-binding duo of violinist Jamie Philokyprou playing with guitarist Will Clark.

Will Clark and Jamie Philokyprou
Trouble at Mill
Ollie Plunkett
The Psychedelic Blues Project

The event concluded with a distinctly non-folksy session by a group from Holmfirth High, The Psychedelic Blues Project, who set up outside the back door of the shop. They soon had Hollowgate rocking, attracting nearly all of the patrons of the Elephant and Castle out onto the Bridge. The band brought the event to a conclusion with an extended version of Sympathy for the Devil.


We had over 40 entries in the beer tasting competition, which asked participants to identify a selection of five of the 20+ beers now available at Fair Trader. Only five people identified all correctly and the winner drawn from these was Robin Savage, who was visiting from London.


The event was a great success and we will surely do something involving beer and music again. As several people said, "The Cavern is such a great place to hear live music". Now where have we heard that before?


In the meantime, come and try the extended range of local beers and look out for more arriving soon.

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