The blues is sweet music for appeal

Rabbitfoot at the Floodstock blues music fundraiser. Picture by Andrew Huyton Photography
Rabbitfoot at the Floodstock blues music fundraiser. Picture by Andrew Huyton Photography

This summer the soundtrack of the valley seems to have been one of rushing water accompanied by the steady hum of de-humidifiers.

But on Saturday night, September 1, in Mytholmroyd at least, it was replaced by the gentle flow of beer and the uplifting beats and rhythm of blues music for the Floodstock festival.

Musicians and fans came from as far north as Aviemore and as far south as Brighton to help raise money for the victims of this year’s flooding.

Those who had bought a ticket were not to be disappointed regardless of how far they had travelled. Local acoustic duets from Eastwood Station and Stations got the evening off to a great start before it was time for the soloists to take over TJ Norton soldiered on through some technical problems before delivering his original solo harmonica set, followed by the humour, history and blues of Tom Attah.

It was then time for the groups to rock the night, top end guitar performances, big vocals and uplifting drum beats were delivered in a musical torrent by Rabbitfoot, Hooson and The Paddy Maguire Band.

Event sponsor and organiser Slightly Foxed Brewing Company brewed a special beer for the evening - “Slightly Flooded” - and some moorish food provided by Hanuman Thai and a raffle filled with prizes donated by numerous generous businesses and individuals all helped boost the night’s total.

The event organisers are proud to announce the event raised £1,500 and would like to thank all those who supported the evening to make it such a great success.