Festival Sunday of protest folk stylists

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Hebden Bridge Folk Roots weekend will be with us again to brighten up our November, and on Sunday, November 10, the Trades Club will be hosting a radical Sunday afternoon of protest songs from three top-quality acts, writes Viv Boardman.

Tracey Curtis, from South Wales, used to be in a punk band, and got involved with protests when her children asked her to write a song to stop a bypass being built through their local play area. This encouraged her to write more songs, and she has brought out two albums. Her songs are about bringing up boys and girls, about war, and issues that affect all of us.

Louise Distras, a songwriter from Wakefield, has been described as the love child Patti Smith and Billy Bragg never had. She stands up for what she believes in and pulls no punches. Louise appeared this year on Billy Bragg’s Leftfield stage at Glastonbury.

Chrystine Moon is a stand-up comedian and singer-songwriter from Sheffield. She is a political activist, and campaigns on green issues.

Tickets for Sunday afternoon cost £8. Put on an extra jumper and get to the Trades – it’s as cheap as staying at home with the heating on and far more entertaining!

The Trades Folks Roots Weekend runs from Friday evening to late Sunday night, and there is a host of talent. The full programme can be picked up from the Trades Club, or viewed online. Tickets for individual performances and for the full weekend are available from the Trades Club, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and from the pop-up box office on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm.

You can also buy them online following the links from the Trades’ website. And, of course, you have the option of paying on the door, but bear in mind you might be disappointed if the act you want to see has sold out.