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Portfolio- Holmfirth Music Scene
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Portfolio- Holmfirth music scene update 1

  1. 1. Hannah Chillman u1359626 Portfolio- Holmfirth Music Scene Holmfirthfansof L.A.rockersRival sonsdidn’tneedtotravel far tosee themperform.Theydidn'teven needthe car or bus to make the journeyoutside of Holmfirth,oreventake aflightacrossthe pond. ''Holmfirthwell andtrulyrockedlastnight- we were delightedtohave broughta little musicfromour home place to thisfantasticsetting.We hope we've giventhe townanexperience theywon'tforget whilstremindingfolksthatmusicisbestenjoyedlive invenueslikethe picturedrome,''saysMichael Boder,seniorbrandmanagerat Jack Daniels. The music inYorkshire isknownforbringingoutmusicianssuchasthe ArcticMonkeyswhohave had international success.Evenwithinternational success,the ArcticMonkeysare willingtoplayvenuesthat are notthe size of London'sO2 arena.It is the small musicvenue thathasrecentlybecome more popularwithaudiencesandmusicians.Bothwantingamore intimate settingwitheachother. Holmfirth'sPicturedrome isasmall musicvenue thatwaslastyear'srunnerup at the NME awards for the most successful small musicvenue inthe country.PeterCarr,ownerof the Picturedrome says ''People are attractedto the Picturedrome because it's anintimate venue,Holmfirthisquite a welcomingplace.Chancesare you cangetright up to the stage and see your artist. The acousticsare verygood.'' Jack Danielssupportsthe fighttosave the small musicvenue,withThe JackRocksYour Towneventwhichformspart of itsJack Rocks series,whichpromoteslive musicinsmallervenues. As well ashavingRival SonsperformatThe Picturedrome, ithasbeenassociatedwiththe likesof Red Hot Chilli Peppers,AdamAntandthe Buzzcocks.Before Petertookoverasownerof the Picturedrome, the oldtheatre'sfuture wasuncertain.Originallyknownasthe Holme ValleyTheatre ,in1913 the first filmstobe shownwere 'A CourtIntrigue'and'That Awful Pipe'. Ittook15 years to include musicianson the theatre stage.The theatre wasthenleasedtothe Bradford amusementcatesand reopenedasa bingohall for26 years.The theatre wasunuseduntil 1997. Peterboughtthe place in2003. The ground floorwasthenutilizedasa cinemacapable of staginglive performances. Hade Edge band,regularperformersatthe Picturedrome ,are a brass bandjust outside of Holmfirth, whoperform regularly tothe Holmfirthcommunity.The bandhasa longhistorydatingbackto 1908. A bandmade upof mixedageshave hada successful runwithinrecentyears,becomingYorkshire championsin2002 which launchedthe journeytobecomingChampionsof GreatBritainandthere way up to YorkshiresChampionshipsection. The bandhave alsohad theirstorytoldon televisiononthe TV series'Yorkshire Brass'. ''I’ve beenperformingwiththe Hade edge bandfor about10 yearsnow,itwasn't onlybecause itwas goodfor my asthmabut itwas because Iwantedto try somethingnew.Ienjoybeingpartof the group because itfeelsgreattobe a part of somethingmusicallythatbringstogetherasoundthatcan connect withpeople.Ihave agreat teacherwhohas the patience andissomeone whoyoucan easilyfollow. Theyget onwitheveryone whichmakesiteasierforusto getalong.I love performingtoothersand Holmfirthisa greatplace to performin.The picturedrome isgreat,achange fromare bandroom. I thinkit'sgood that we participate ineventslike the HolmfirthFolkfestival becausealthoughit'sabout
  2. 2. Hannah Chillman u1359626 performingtoentertain,we doittopromote ourselves,getmore peopleinvolved,show peoplethatthe brass instrumentisagreat instrumenttoplay.''FromFinnHerring,a memberof the Hade Edge band. Apart fromthe Picturedrome HolmfirthalsohasothersmallervenuessuchasThe Nookand The Box Office whoholdregularMicnights.Theyalsocommitto beingthe platformsformusicianstoperformon ineventslike the HolmfirthFolkFestival. Martin Christie amusicianwhoregularlyperformsinHolmfirthhadthistosayabout hispreferred venueshe likestoperformin, ''Holmfirthhaslotsof good places toplay andtheyall have theirgood pointsandbad points. I have nofavouritesbuthave alwaysenjoyedGonzos, The Nookandthe Box Office. Ihave playedonthe Picturedrome mainstage quite afew timesandthatisalwaysexciting. '' Sheliathe ownerof the Nooksaid''We playa part in hostingeventsbecausewe wanttoplayare part in the community. It'salsoan enjoyable experience inwelcomingnew andestablishedmusicianstoshow off theirtalent.Althoughwe are nota bigvenue we have the intimate space foranaudience to experience acloserconnectionwiththe musician.'' Hot Banana inHolmfirthisthe onlymusicshopintownthat besidessellinginstruments,itholds workshopsandtuition.Steve the ownerof HotBanana said''It's justto make itvariable forbusiness, Holmfirthisa quietvillagesomakingit onsaleswouldbe difficultunlessrunninganinternetbusiness whichwe mightdo infuture.Me and my partnerare both musicians, mypartnerisa qualifiedschool teacherso that was the idea,the businessplan,tocombine the two.'' HotBanana isconsideredtobe whatbringsthe Holmfirthcommunitycloserthroughmusicnotonlythroughitsownpurposes,butby contributingtobeingavenue forHolmfirthAnti-FolkFestival’s thinkpeople shoplocal,use local shops and businesses. Itsverycommunitybasedthingthatwe are running. Itscommunitybasedasinthe people thatcome to are workshops,sometimespeoplecome fromdifferentareas,but muchset on local people.''AnexplanationfromshopownerSteveonwhy he thinkspeopleof Holmfirthcome toHot Banana. Anothereventthatthe venuesinHolmfirth provideplatformsforisthe HolmfirthFilmfestival. The festival provideswithaprogramof filmsfrompopularfilms tointernational films.‘’Ijustthought Holmfirthshouldhave afilm festival,why notafilmfestival if we have anarts andmusicfestival. Generally olderpeoplecome tothe festival, the youngare notsointerested inthe festival althoughwe do puton filmsthat the youngergenerationshouldlike.Fundingisthe mainproblematthe moment.‘’ Saidby StephenDorril,the directorof the festival.
  3. 3. Hannah Chillman u1359626 Folk in Holmfirth   ‘’Atthe momentHolmfirthisagreat place for music. There are lotsof musiciansand artistswhoare contributingtothiscultural vibe. I’dlike tosee more varietythoughasIthinkthe town isfolk dominatedwhichisnatural butthere are so manyothergreat genrestolistentoand enjoy. ‘’ as saidby musicianMartinChristie. 2015 isthe secondyearinwhichHot Banana and the Box office inHolmfirthwillbe holding itsanti-folk festival.Happeningatthe same time asHolmfirthfolk festival,it’s achance for those to experience somethingdifferent. ''It’s understandablethatHolmfirthisassociatedwithfolkbutthere are awhole range of great musicianslivinginthe place fromsuccessful DJ’slike L'Étranger,toartistslike NapoleanIIIandindie bands. All of thisshouldbe celebratedandnotburiedawayas a preference tofolkmusic. I’dlike tosee Holmfirthassociatedwithmusicfull stop,notjustone specifickindof music. The anti-folkfestival isnot anti-anyone oranything,itjustseekstocreate aplatformwhere otherkindsof musiccan be heardand afterall the original definitionof folkmusicisaboutthe peoplesmusicandeverythingatthe antifolk festival isverydefinitelythe peoplesmusici.e.there isnoelitismoroveremphasisontradition.''A quote fromanti-folkorganiserMartinChristie. For 30 yearsthere has beenafolkfestival inHolmfirth.Theyproduce acommunitybasedfestivalthat featurestalentfromschoolsandthe locals. Apart fromthe anti-folkfestival,StefanaHolmfirthresidentbelievesthe folkfestivalhasthe rightnotto put onany othergenre of music.''I am gladthat it isjustfolk.Ifeel thatif a festival triedtoincorporate variousgenresof musicitgenerallybecomeswatereddownandratherthana smalleramounthavinga great time a lotwill have anaverage time.'' The Holmfirthfolkfestival hasbuiltupastrong reputation.Because of the settingof the festival andthe atmosphere thatcomeswithit, it’sa popularfestival choice formusicianstowantto come and perform. Hugh Dailywhoisin the festivalscommitteehassaid,''We have to turn manyof themawaybecause there isnot enoughvenuesforthemtoperformindue tothe manydemandof musicianswanting to play.'' Martin Christie believesthereisasolutiontothe problem.''The festival couldputonmanymore musiciansinHolmfirthitself itjusttakesabitof differentthinking. Youcan get fourdecentacts intoan evening’sentertainmentforexample insteadof justamainact and a supportact. I’mputtingon the HolmfirthAnti Folkfestival thisyearwithsome palsandwe have around20 differentactslinedup. Many of themare youngmusicianswhojustwanta place to playandpractice theirtrade. Many of themare alsolocal to Holmfirthanddon’tgeta lookin at the folkfestival. The festivalcouldeasily expandintosurroundingvillages.''
  4. 4. Hannah Chillman u1359626 Besidesturningmusiciansaway,the festival strugglestoattractthe youngermusicianwantingto get involved.Christiesays''Ithinkyoungfolkmusicianswouldbe veryhappytoplayhere. Butif you’re a youngmusicianinan indie bandora DJ you’ll probablywanttoplaythe citiesthat’swhere your audience is.'' However,nothavingayoungermusicianperformatthe folkfestival maynotbe anissue.AsHolmfirth residentStefansaid''Igenerallylookforthe oldermusiciansasItendto believetheywill have gotthere musiccloserto perfection,orasclose as can be.'' Holmfirthfolkcommittee are made upof a small group.All of themagedover 50, Sean Herringwhoisa volunteeratthe festival thinksthat’sthe problemwhyyoungermusiciansandlocalsare nottakingpart inthe festival.''Idon’tthinkit'sjustbecause there'snotenoughspace orthat theywanta bigger platformtopromote theirmusicthinkit'sbecause of the lack of promotionthatgoesoutside of Holmfirth.Ialsothink the folkcommittee are outof date.I believe theyonlywanttokeeptoold traditional folkwithinthe festival.Theydon’twanttobringinnew folk,they are afraidof change.'' The Anti-folkfestival rangesnotjustfromanti-folkbutalsowithamix of blue,folk punkandelectric folk. Here isan interview withcurrentHuddersfield studentandHolmfirthresidentRobertSharp who will be one of those performingatthisyear'sAnti-folkfestival. Have you always beeninto music? ‘’Ifirstgot intomusicat the age of 11 nirvana were the firstbandsomeone showedme ,I thengoton to bandslike The offspringIdlewild,Alkaline trio,Badreligion,Pennywise ,HIM,The Cure,AFI ,so a mix of punkandindie alsoa bitof numetal at pointsI still thinkSlipknotsfirstalbumisamazing .’’ Is there a genre you favour the most, why? ‘’The Genre I favourmostour I shouldI say I listentothe most isnow is Folkartists like NickDrake ,RoddyWooble,KrisDrever,SorrenMclean butI alsostill listentopunkrock / Hardcore bandslike Refused,Propagandiare the mainonesat the moment .And a lotof NickCave ….. FolkMusichas always seemedtomake me veryrelaxedIenjoythe storiespeopletell andthe sense of communityithas, punk isverymuch the same but louderand They BothHave a there time andplace.’’ Whycome to a small village like Holmfirthto perform? ‘’Whynot, I love small gigsandHolmfirthisa goodplace to playthe people whogowatchmusicare awesome andhave a goodvibe about them.’’ Were there particular reasons you agreedto performat the Holmfirth anti-FolkFestival? ‘’IknowMartin the manwho runsit andhe isalsothe frontman of oldman pie whoI have supporta fewtimesandhe has beenputtingnightsonroundthe village foryearsandtheyare alwaysfilledwith amazingacts and people .’’ What will you be bringing to the anti-FolkFestival onyour performance?
  5. 5. Hannah Chillman u1359626 ‘’My friend Jim mckerchar is also joining me on double bass we have got a good set together for this show.’’ Folk musichas a strong history in Holmfirth,with the Holmfirthfestival comingup do you thinkthe anti-FolkFestival isa way of rebellionagainstfolk music? ‘’Well Ithinkyestothe rebellionIthinkMartinandSteve wantto bringpeople togetherandplaymusic no matterthe style that’swhatfolkmeansmusicforthe people andsometimesthe folkfestival getsa bitdull I like dirtyoldtownbutyoucan walkintomostvenuesatthe folkfesthere thatsongand all the othercoversthe anti-folk festissomethingdifferentandSteve andLouise alsoshare the same viewsI thinkat that’swhy they’re lettingusall playinthere awesome shop.’’ Have you performedat the Folk Festival before?Whatare your thoughts on the event? ‘’YesI have beenluckytoplayfor the past 2 years andthe showsseemtogetbetterevery time, the eventoverall isgoodfor me it's more aboutthe musicthisyearEddie readerisplayingthe Picturedrome andMikeyKennyisatgonzobar there 2 people Ihave to watch andHerveysalwayshas some nice musicon inthe day I wouldrecommendthe Holmfirthfolkfest there issomethingfor everyone.’’ Holmfirth’smusicscene hasabrightfuture aheadof it followingthe success of itsvenueslikethe Picturdrome andHot Banana. The communityspiritof asmall townmakesithappen. Martin Christiesthoughtonthe future of musicinHolmfirth.‘’Itlooksgreatatthe momentthere isso much goodmusicbeingmade here andwe alsohave the musichubthat isHot Banana Music. I hope the folkfestival goesfromstrengthtostrengthandthatthe anti-folkfestival continues asa kindof fringe festival.’’  
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