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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

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