‘Songswap’ trio tuning up

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The Trades Club’s Folk Roots weekend next month will see three popular musicians take turns to perform their own songs while the others jam along.

On Saturday, November 9, local songwriter Steve Tilston will be joined by the “bard of the north east” Jez Lowe and up-and-coming songwriter Gren Bartley at the Hebden Bridge music venue.

Increasingly at festivals and other events the American-style “songswap” is playing a major and popular part.

Jez Lowe has long been a major player on the folk scene with songs steeped in the culture of Country Durham.

Gren Bartley is seen by many as the rising star of UK folk and has been lauded by BBC Radio 2 and Mike Harding on his online radio show.

Folk Roots organiser Dave Boardman said: “The songswap is an exciting addition to music events.

“We tried it last year with Steve, Roger Davies and Henry Priestman and it was so popular we just had to do it again.”

Tickets for the weekend event are available at the Trades Club and through the club’s website: www.thetradesclub.com