5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND
Folk: Alasdair Roberts is part of the resurgence of British folk music and has brought a lot of young followers into the genre. He’s also credited, in part, with making folk music cool again. Based in Glasgow he has been developing an audience for the last decade. Today he heads south of the border to the Trades Club, Hebden Bridge (9pm) for an evening where his talents will no doubt be met by an appreciative audience.
Theatre: a dramatic interpretation of Mary Shelley’s horror novel Frankenstein is staged in Halifax tonight (7.30pm). Angus and Ross Theatre company return to Square Chapel after a successful 2009 production of The Mystery of Irma Vep. No vampires this time – just Frankenstein Live, in which the company asks the question – is a monster born or made? The actors are Dominic Goodwin and Emanuel Brierley, playing the creature and his creator, Dr Frankenstein.
Children: there’s fun for children tomorrow at Square Chapel (2.30pm). DNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre presents The Frog Prince and other
Peculiar Tales from Terry Jones’s Fairy Tales, a highly acclaimed collection of stories which are an irresistible combination of fantasy and morality. Two of his tales chosen for this new UK and European tour are The Snuff Box and The Rainbow
Cat. Both tales explore the relationship between the goody and the baddy, the right thing to do and the wrong.
Tickle: how tickled you’ll be if you head to the Victoria Theatre, Halifax, tomorrow evening (7pm) for tattifilarious hilarity with Ken Dodd, a grand master of mirth now enjoying his seventh decade of making audiences happy. The Happiness Show marks a welcome return to Calderdale for Ken and his tickling stick.
Home: relax – you have another bank holiday to
MAY is on the horizon and that means the Puzzle Hall Inn, Sowerby Bridge, is about to host its annual festival of sound.
Tomorrow’s Early May Bank Holiday Festival sees Scottish alt/blues troubadour Dave Arcari at the Hollins Mill Lane inn.
Over the last few of months Arcari has shared the stage with major artists including country/Americana legend Steve Earle and veteran bluesrocker Robin Trower. His new album Devil’s Left Hand is attracting rave reviews and strong radio airplay which are helping him build on previous releases Got Me Electric (2009) and Come With Me (2007).
During the last year Arcari has delighted audiences at the UK’s biggest festival, Glastonbury; Belgium’s Peer Festival (alongside Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and Steve Winwood); BluesAlive in the Czech Republic and Poland and a series of headline shows in Estonia, Germany and Ireland as well as across the UK.
Showcased over six CD releases to date, Dave Arcari’s National guitar-driven alt/blues owes as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as it does pre-war Delta blues.
The day also features The Black & Reds, The Revelator Band, X-Ray Cat Trio, Hey Sholay! and Owter Zeds.
Folk hero: Alasdair Roberts is helping to make the genre cool again
Troubadour: Dave Acari