Northern Vegan Festival
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After a successful event on October 17, which over 3500 people came to, the Festival returns on April 23rd 2016 for a bigger event with more space
- AT THE CASTLE – BRING YOUR DOG FOR FREE VEGAN DOG FOOD TASTING 12-6PM
- VEGAN MUSICIANS 7-1AM
The festival is fully volunteer run and all proceeds will go to animal welfare charities, as will the proceeds from our partner festival, The Great Yorkshire Vegan Festival held on 18th June 2016 at Leeds Town Hall, Leeds City centre.
6pm – 7pm: Sally Crosby
Sally Crosby is a British singer-songwriter who grew up in rural Mid Wales. An acoustic guitar-based singer-songwriter, her songs are honest and raw, impassioned and emotive. She started out in music at the tender age of five years old learning the piano, a few years later and she’d taken up the violin and the clarinet.
Going on to study music and creative writing at university she found herself spreading her time between playing the violin in orchestras and with folk-rock band The Rambling Pilgrims, touring across the North Wales coast and Anglesey. Fresh out of graduation saw a new lease of life for Sally, who turned to writing for herself, mostly for piano and acoustic guitar, an instrument she learnt as a teenager.
In 2013 her first single emerged and in summer 2014 she appeared on the festival scene with a packed-out schedule of dates across England and Wales including Wakestock Festival alongside Tom Odell, Frank Turner and John Newman and FOCUS Wales, a festival with a focus on promoting young Welsh talent. Bucket of Leaves EP went live on Spotify and iTunes in October 2014 with her track ‘Comet’ receiving airplay on BBC Radio 6 and BBC Radio Wales.
Sally’s next EP is set to be heavily ukulele based with her new songs having been previewed in a radio session and interview with Choice Radio in Gloucester. So far in 2015 Sally has played a host of shows and sessions with a view to promote under the radar talent, such as Oak Sessions, The Narrowboat Sessions and Sofar Sessions.
7pm – 8pm: Kye Oram
Half activist, half musician, Killer’s Riches is a one person marriage of ideology and melody. His lyrics range from feminism, to mental health, to anti-capitalism, and won’t back down from challenging the powers that be.
8pm – 9pm: John Dhali
John Dhali is a gifted soul-folk singer-songwriter that sings from the heart and in doing so, brings people back to their own. His profound songs, Jeff Buckley esk vocal and raw, soulful performances captivate and uplift audiences of all ages.
John spent the last year gigging extensively in the Northwest area where he developed and excelled in his craft. His debut EP (‘John Dhali EP’) received strong backing from BBC Introducing Stoke. He then went on to win ‘Best solo artist’ at the music awards of Staffordshire and Cheshire and his songs have since been featured on BBC Radio 1 and 2.
“We think this man is a future number 1 artist. His last song (‘This Little Dance’) is the most popular original song we’ve ever put on the internet.”
John has a very bright future ahead of him with plans underway for his first music video, a UK tour and debut album.
9pm – 10pm: Janileigh Cohen
“Janileigh is a star in the old fashioned sense of the word. It’s in her blood. No one made her who she is, her soulful melancholy is entirely home grown and her beauty entirely her own. She comes straight from her heart and stole mine as soon as I heard her sing. She evokes Janis Ian sometimes or maybe even Joni Mitchell but she is born of her own inspiration and I cannot wait to see where she takes her vision.” – Beth Orton
“I can tell you very little about Janileigh Cohen other than she’s a singer songwriter from Bolton, UK and I think she’s pretty magical. She recently contacted me and after hearing her sing ‘As a Child‘ I’d made my mind up to introduce her. Her influences are very much from the heyday of contemporary folk including such greats as John Martyn, Joni Mitchell, Jackson C Frank, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. She has that ever so slight husky edge to her vocals that catch you on first listen and she’s a very talented songwriter as well as you can hear below.
What more can I possibly say other than I was completely blown away when I heard this and if she’s not a name you all know by this time next year then there’s no justice…I’ll let her voice do the rest” – Folk Radio UK
10pm – 11pm: Lee Parry
Now into his 2nd decade of live performances, Lee has spent much of his times crafting and developing his stylised playing technique, that is left handed, but upside down. Drawing on influences from Leadbelly and Pete Seeger to Colin Hay and The Tallest Man On Earth, Lee strives to write songs from a personal and often esoteric stand-point. Melody driven songs, often underpinned with a robust picking pattern make his sound a mixture of folk-revival music and indie lyricism. Having played at notable venues, festivals and sessions, 2016 sees Lee being able to gig on the back of his first professionally recorded, albeit self-released, EP ‘This Young Heart’.