Talented Derbyshire folk at music festival

Bella Hardy. Photo contributed.
Bella Hardy. Photo contributed.
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Hope Valley’s finest award-winning musicians, writers and crafts people will be topping the bill at a new folk festival next month.

Bella Hardy, recently named “Best Original Songwriter” in the Radio Two Folk Awards, will be performing at the Edale Folk Festival with her trio.

And they’ll be joined by other local talent including Bamford-grown Robin Beatty’s “Old Dance School”. Numerous other Hope Valley musicians, poets and craftspeople will also be appearing alongside national names such as The Destroyers and Kris Drever.

There’ll be poetry and prose too, with Edale writer Mark Wallington previewing his book about his travels around the UK’s Open Mic Nights, and Kathy Towers, awarded the 2011 Seamus Heaney prize for poetry, will be reading from her work. The former Derbyshire Poet Laureate River Wolton will lead a writing workshop as well as sharing the stage with Sheffield singing trio the Top Shelalas.

“The festival is designed to be a fun weekend where families can come and take part in music workshops or just relax while others provide the entertainment,” says organiser Sarah Eldridge.

“With art and crafts as well as excellent music, plus the opportunity to walk in the Peak District, what more could anyone ask?”

It all takes place on Edale Playing Field between May 18-20. For further details, visit www.edalefolkfestival.co.uk.

Profits from the festival will go to Kavunyalalo school in Kenya which has links with Hope Valley School and Freedom From Torture, a charity that supports torture survivors.