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Live At All Hallows’ – Jim Boyes with Belinda O’Hooley

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Sensations of a Wound depicts the story of a Yorkshire soldier caught up in the First World War.

Robert Riby Boyes’ First World War experience took him a long way from home. He travelled from Scarborough to the Western Front in France; from the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium to a cattle truck in the South of France; from the mountains of Italy in winter to the Front in Northern France and further still……
Jim Boyes, a member of critically acclaimed a cappella trio Coope Boyes and Simpson, is Robert’s grandson. He remembers how his grandfather, who was known as ‘Croppie’ in the family, never talked about his wartime experiences.
It was only when Jim began writing songs and researching First World War history that a fuller picture of his grandfather’s past emerged. While preparing for a performance for Flemish organisation Peace Concerts Passendale, Jim discovered the long journey of Private Boyes of the 23rd Middlesex regiment.
Bringing together ‘Croppie’ Boyes’ first-hand accounts, Jim Boyes’ original songs and Belinda O’Hooley’s subtle piano accompaniments, Sensations of a Wound is an original and moving story of a Yorkshire soldier far from home caught up in the enormity of the First World War.

Tickets will be on sale online and via Jumbo, £10 in advance and £12 on the door.

After the resounding success at our November O’Hooley & Tidow gig, we’re pleased to announce that The Real Junk Food Project @ All Hallows (as seen on the BBC’s Songs of Praise) are opening their Cafe especially for us before Sensations of a Wound on 20th February.

The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into delicious, nutritious meals for visitors on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis.

Between 6pm and 8pm you will be able to enjoy a lovely main meal and/or a scrummy dessert before the gig (doors 745pm); plus there will be a pop-up LAAH bar in the Cafe area so you can accompany your meal with a drink should you wish. For more information see their website and please do consider liking their Facebook page.

Doors for the gig itself will open at 7:45pm as usual, along with the full Live At All Hallows bar including local craft ale…. but we hope you might fancy making it a full night out by joining us for a meal beforehand?

Sacred Wing Concert 2014

This coming Sunday 21st December at 7:30pm sees our annual concert from Sacred Wing. They will be singing five sanctuses (or should that be sancti?) and two songs from Holst’s Rig Veda. Come and join us at 7.30pm. There will also be mince pies and familiar carols everyone can join in with.

Sacred Wing 2014

Live At All Hallows’ – O’Hooley and Tidow

Last night’s LAAH gig staring the magnificent O’Hooley and Tidow was a great success. The duo performed some of their well known numbers as well as some new ones including “The Pixie”, a great song about Daisy Daking, a young woman who taught Morris Dancing to the troops during the First World War (you can see a performance of The Pixie on Youtube – not at AH though!)

A new feature for this gig was the catering provided by TRJFP@AH Cafe beforehand. This was a brilliant success and you can find out more about it on the cafe website here and here.

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O’Hooley and Tidow enjoying the catering

We are now looking forward to several gigs in the new year including Jim Boyes with Belinda O’Hooley in February and a return of Lucy Ward in May

O’Hooley and Tidow, Live At All Hallows,

O’Hooley and Tidow
The Hum Tour

Friday, 28th November 2014 from 19:45


ohooley and tidowReturning to Live at All Hallows for the third time are one of the most exciting acts on the contemporary folk scene today. Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow are accomplished interpreters of everything from Massive Attack to traditional Irish ballads, but it’s their own boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine. Their new album The Hum, produced by Mercury nominated Gerry Diver (Sam Lee’s A Ground of its Own) is receiving high praise from Radio 2, 6 Music and the national press. They have the originality and skill to invite comparison with the folk scene’s most celebrated North American harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Lyrically and musically, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart.

Click here for more information or to book tickets.


Plumhall, Live at All Hallows’, with Jonny Walker

Plumhall with Jonny Walker


Friday, 9 May 2014 from 19:45

plumhallbench Plumhall have been with Live At All Hallows since the event’s birth…. but only now have their first album due out, Thundercloud, and to celebrate they are touring throughout 2014.

Michell Plum (Waking The Witch, Chumbawamba) and Nick Hall (The Hall Brothers) “draw inspiration from very eclectic sources including Nick Lowe, Scott Walker, Ian McNabb, Guy Clark, Kate Bush, Aimee Mann, Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash & June Carter, Chumbawamba and Show of Hands – and they bring all these influences into a sound that is clearly their own, based on powerfully-played acoustic instruments, perfect harmonies and meaningful songs.”

For more information or to advance book tickets visit the Eventbrite site. Tickets are £5 in advance or £6 on the door.

Live At All Hallows’ – Lucy Ward Band – review

We weren’t really sure what to expect but Lucy Ward came highly recommended, so my wife and I were looking forward to her gig at All Hallows and we certainly weren’t disappointed.

Atlum Schema had provided a wonderful start to the evening and it only got better when Lucy and her band took to the stage. Starting with ‘I Cannot Say I Will Not Speak’ from her current album, her set had a mixture of haunting melodies, protest songs, tragic stories and uptempo folk plus some brilliant covers including ‘Hanging on the telephone’ and ‘Come on Eileen’ and also a (very funny) short impromptu version of Gangsta’s Paradise thanks to Belinda O’Hooley! Her passion and enthusiasm shone through on every song and so many stood out –‘ Velvet Sky’, ‘The Last Pirouette’, ‘Shellback’, ‘Lord I don’t want to Die in the Storm’ and ‘Marching through the Green Grass’ from her current album, and’ Alice in the Bacon Box’ and ‘A Stitch in Time’ from her debut album, but the highlight of the evening was probably the protest song ‘For the Dead Men’ – meaningful, powerful and just an incredible song.

Lucy has such an amazing and engaging voice and combined with her humour and wit, this made the gig so entertaining. The standing ovation was well deserved and we hope she comes back to All Hallows soon!

Helen Cockerham

Live At All Hallows’ – Lucy Ward Band 2

Live At All Hallows – Lucy Ward Band 1

Lenten music events

If you appreciate sacred music as part of your lenten journey then you might like the following events:

If you would like to know more, ask Catherine (who will be singing in both!)


Lucy Ward Band, Live At All Hallows, with Atlum Schema

Lucy Ward Band
with Atlum Schema

Friday, 4 April 2014 from 19:45


Making her third appearance at Live At All Hallows, but her first with a

full band, is Derby songstress Lucy Ward. Performing both self-penned and traditional material, she won the Horizon Award at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and has been nominated as Folk Singer of the Year at the 2014 Awards. Lucy’s sophomore album “Single Flame” is LAAH founder Steve Thackray’s album of 2013, and has garnered rave reviews, but it’s her live performances that have made her one of the hottest acts in Britfolk, and why we’re very excited to have her playing for us once more.

For her April 2014 tour she has recruited a stellar collection of musicians for her band: O’Hooley and Tidow, Joy Gravestock (Orchestral fiddler), Sam Pegg (bassist) & Steve Maclachlan from The Willows on percussion.

Support comes from Atlum Schema: aka Andy Mort. Described as “electro-political folk” by the Guardian, Andy’s another Live At All Hallows team favourite. His new album Year 0 is out in March 14, about which he says “Year 0 came together over just two weeks in the summer of 2013. It confronts themes of loss, the frailty of the human body, the potential strength of human spirit and the absurd attention and importance we collectively give to futile things. Initially intended as a stripped back, acoustic record, it grew through the recording process into an ambient spirited, reflective, electronic exploration of the human condition. It is about discovering in the past the inescapable clues to the mysteries of the future, and the idea that every moment that passes by is another opportunity to weave something new.”