Opening up a world of talent

TALENTED musicians will descend on Calder Holmes Park for this weekend's World On Your Doorstep festival.

Young performers in particular are preparing to showcase their abilities at the Hebden Bridge event on July 21 and 22.

Organiser Tom Cleary said: “The festival is first and foremost a world music festival celebrating the culture, music and traditions of the diverse communities that are to be found up and down the Calder Valley and beyond.”

Performers include Alice Jane Harrison of Hebden Bridge and Ed Croft of Todmorden, joint winners of the Young Open Mic Competition at Halifax Square Chapel.

“I would never have had the confidence to sing at a venue like the festival if I hadn’t had the experience of performing at the Open Mic sessions at the Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge,” said singer/songwriter Alice, 15.

Guitarist and singer Ed said: “I just can’t wait to see all these great acts and musicians who are coming to the festival and performing on the main stage and in the acoustic tent. It’s going to be fantastic.”

More than 60 musicians alone will take to the acoustic tent.

Many of the performers play regularly at the Stubbing Wharf pub’s Open Mic Surgery and some raised funds for the festival in St George’s Square and from other gigs earlier in the year.