Music Monday, August 1st

Weirdshire Weekend: Explore Herefordshire's live folk scene

Music Monday, August 1st

Weirdshire Weekend: Explore Herefordshire's live folk scene

Please note: Sunday's event will now take place at The Left Bank. 

It is often said that Herefordshire embodies a 'sense of otherness' and this weekend, 3 of Hereford’s top music venues will revel in being different, specifically celebrating the otherness of Herefordshire’s live folk music scene. 

The second Weirdshire Weekend (Sept 9-11) is curated, as before, by local band Sproatly Smith, and draws on the fertile presence around Herefordshire of musicians who inhabit the edgy corners of contemporary folk.

Over three nights at De Koffie Pot, The Booth Hall and The Left Bank 13 bands will play live. On the bill is Andy Skellam, Elspeth Anne, Tobion, Alula Down, David Ian Roberts, Mike Whittaker, Vaginapocalypse, Mark Stevenson, Liz Harres and Bird Radio.  


Vaginapocalypse - "two fingers to the mainstream and a warm hug from the rural underground".

Playing at The Booth on Saturday night, Steve Ashley must be one of British folk’s finest singer-songwriters. His music has been covered by a legion of performers, and he’s recorded with folk royalty - Anne Briggs, Maddy Prior and Richard Thompson among others.

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Steve Ashley

A former lead singer with The Albion Country Band and Ragged Robin, Steve has what America’s Variety magazine called ‘one of the funniest dry stage raps’.

At the Left Bank on Sunday afternoon festival-goers will find Leigh Folk Festival regulars Bones and the Aft - a band like no other.

Sometimes described as 'primal rock theatre' they embody a world of homemade costumes, elaborate pop–up stage sets, stark state-of-the-nation storytelling and virtuoso musicianship.

With Admiral Lord Biscuit on drums, glockenspeil and harmonium, Ian Mckean on virtuoso guitar, and John Bently-Bones on "words, costumes, hand-made books and voice". 

As well as performing at The Booth on Saturday night, festival organisers Sproatly Smith - a psych folk ban hailing from Herefordshire - will be promoting a new compilation of locally connected ‘weird folk’ artists. The record promises to provide a soundtrack to the 'mysterious underside to this county' and an insight into the bands breathing life into the local alt-folk scene. 


Weirdshire Weekend opens at De Koffie Pot at the Left Bank on Friday, September 9 at 8pm with free entry.

Steve Ashley headlines at The Booth on Saturday, September 10 (music from 5pm, £6 on the door), and Bones and The Aft play at The Left Bank on Sunday, September 11 (music from 4pm, free entry).

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