Tuesday 13th June ‘Traditional Irish Music Evening’

Hosted by Irish Arts Foundation.


‘Would have been better in a bigger venue. Great atmosphere + skilled + original, professional musicians.’ – Fiona

‘Lovely atmosphere + divine music. Love Café Lento – just. Shame its small, lover so much.’ – Jill

‘Good atmosphere, lively.’ – R. Smith

‘ A lovely event – look forward to more like this.’ –  S. Fallen

‘Venue not big enough, in positive way. Good atmosphere. Nice venue. Diver audience. Good – but wish music is so much more!!’ - Ann

‘Homely, cozy, super friendly.’ – Bruno

‘Wonderful evening, brilliant craic.’ – David

‘Brilliant night.’ – Anonymous

‘Relaxed atmosphere. Richard is a great host!! Music very good – great evening. Thank you!’ – Moira

‘Excellent music.’  – Amanda

‘Good craic.’ – Lesley

17th June Saturday – Hassan Erraji – Moroccan Master Musician

“Hassan Erraji’s oud-plaing is electric” (The Observer) with his amazing band Oriental Craze, performing music from North Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

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‘Good dance! Good fun good tributes to Jo Cox.’ – M. Crook

‘Brilliant vibrant musicians. Really lovely, energetic!’ – Marion

‘Great evening – wonderful way to celebrate Jo Cox’s life and the joy of music.’ – Maggi

‘This was incredible music!’ – Anonymous

 ‘Absolutely marvellous – wonderful music, great group a tribute to Jo Cox! – Mary K.

‘Lively, eastern music great for dancing and listening.’ – Anonymous

‘Lovely evening.’ – Helen

‘Excellent’ – Paul

‘Fantastic energy, joy and music.‘ – Anonymous

‘Absolutely fantastic performance by not just Hassan but the whole group. The spirit of Jo Cox was alive today in the meeting of hearts and feeling for a better life.’ – Savi

‘Good butt… bumped its loads of friends…’ – Hugh



16th June Friday – Kate Ryrie & Skinner & T’witch @ New Headingley Club

Kate Ryrie is a Leeds-based singer-songwriter, originally from Leicestershire. She recently recorded her debut EP, ‘Thinking Tree’, and plays regularly around Leeds, with an acoustic, folk-inspired sound based on strong words and good melodies.

Skinner and T’witch – folk, flamenco and theatre-style songs

Skinner and T’witch combine many influences: British folk, flamenco, musicals, classical and ‘world’ music, woven into their own original material.  They have performed all over the UK, from Edinburgh to Hastings, North Wales to Norfolk, including online and on the radio. This year (2017) they are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in New York and at the Great British Folk Festival.  Their new album ‘The Fool’s Journey’ was launched in April 2017.

Kate Ryrie

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Skinner and T’witch

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‘Really enjoyed both sets. Like stage presence & set.’ – Lindsey

‘Continue with the events, you organised very good.’  – Anonymous

‘Maybe Saturday would be a better night.’ – J. Lord

‘Very enjoyable event! – Anonymous

‘Didn’t rate the first act thought who was a bit amateurish but Skinner + T’witch were very good.’ – Ollie

‘Two very enjoyable melodic acoustic acts.‘ -Paul

‘Enjoyed the evening – first act a bit too long – second act varied and fun.’ – Mary K.

15th June Thursday ‘Ukulele Classes’ @ HEART

Ukulele Classes – Suitable for adults and children, this is a fun introduction to the ukulele where people learn how to tune and hold the ukulele, name its parts, make chord shapes and sing a selection of simple popular and traditional tunes. Ukuleles and song sheets provided, no musical experience needed, just a willingness to have fun!

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‘A venue good beginners class. I didn’t expect to be playing so many song so fast! Thanks to Jessica’ – Anonymous

‘It was fun’ – Anonymous

‘This event was so much fun and learning something new was fantastic. Jessica is wonderful at teaching the Ukulele.’ – Alice

‘It was a good taster I will probably find out where I can have more lessons.’ – Valerie

‘Very worthwhile for a beginners. Picked up some useful tips.’ – Arthur

‘Good fun, clear instructions.’ – Kelly

‘Great full!’ – Judy

‘Most entertaining and informative. Will try to get to more.’ – C. Coates


14th June 2017 ‘Nightbird Trio’ @ HEART

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‘Superb music. A great evening! Brilliant young musicians.’  – M. Wood

‘I thought that the band were very good I usually don’t go to many jazz concerts, but HMF usually put something very good on.’ – Johnathan

‘Excellent.’ – Ana

‘What a great trio. Well timed & capable. Great sound good to listen to.’ – Roy

‘Excellent evening, very enjoyable! – Hannah H.

‘Refreshing & innovative.’ – Pauline M.

‘A talented & versatile band – good choice’. – Anonymous

‘Relaxed repertoire by talented musicians – great for a summer evening.’ – John

‘Seating too far from the band.’ - Anonymous

‘Good.‘ – Calvin

‘Excellent!’ – Peter

‘Excellent!’ – Liam



Headingley Music Festival 2017

The Headingley Music Festival now in its 8th year takes place between the 8th and 17th June 2017.  We are currently working on this years programme but so far confirmed are –

Lunar Calling who will be appearing at Meanwood Institute,

Skinner & T’witch supported by Kate Ryrie at The New Headingley Club,

An Irish Music Evening at Café Lento with Irish Arts

An Indie Disco at HEART,

A Bollywood Musical Screening at Hyde Park Cinema,

Music Quiz in the HEART Café,

Youth Music Day at Shire Oak Primary School.

More events will be added as we progress with the programme.

Youth Music Day, Saturday 11th of June

Storytelling with Martin Riley.

Storytelling with Martin Riley.

Martin Riley, Storyteller at The Youth Music Day at Shire Oak Primary School.

Martin Riley, Storyteller at The Youth Music Day at Shire Oak Primary School.

‘It’s our first one, a good community spirit, togetherness, good fun, enjoyable day for the family.’ – Marc D.

‘Really enjoyed the day, good community spirit.’ – Jen B.

‘Great day, fantastic djembe drums.’ – Liz

‘Fun afternoon for all the family, with great music and variety.’ – Anonymous

‘Fantastic day the story telling by Martin Riley was particularly imaginative and creative.’ – Carol D.

‘We come every year, and the children get really involved on the day. Some great music and singers.’ – Natalie B.

Lunar Calling + Sabrina Piggott, Friday 10th June

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‘Great audience, lovely venue. Perfect for an intimate gig.’ – Kyla – Lunar Calling

‘Beautiful music + lovely atmosphere’ – Bridget R.

‘Nice cosy atmosphere’ – Hazel

‘Good music, friendly atmosphere, venue complimented.’ – Andrew R.

‘Really special to have our Kyla playing locally in lovely Meanwood Institute, and to hear lovely Sabrina’s voice live again (I play her CD a lots).’ – Anonymous

‘Really gorgeous music. Good community feel, very welcoming. I liked the feeling of history too.’ – Robert M.

‘Absolutely phenomenal! Best gig & general loveliness! Amazing artists -Lunar Calling- I felt like world calling they were so good. Sabrina is one of the most talented artist you could ever to be blessed to see! – Claire M.

‘Lunar Calling was really good and touched into something special.’ – Ricardo I.

‘Magical.’ – Mary G. W.

‘Loved it.’ – Ken

‘Really great atmosphere, great music in fabulous venue.’ – Anonymous

‘Wonderful, warm and friendly inspiring music by Lunar Calling and Sabrina Piggott.’ – Cathy

‘I really liked Sabrina Piggott. She’s a bit like Sinead O’Connor. More my type of music then the first band, even they were good too. I love Irish singers. Homely venue.’ – Gloria

‘Very atmospheric and spiritual evening.’ – Anonymous

‘Great night :) Excellent. Ethical song writers.’ – Anonymous



Peculiar Blue at Hyde Park Book Club, Wednesday 8.6.2016

‘Great music’ – Anonymous

‘I think that they are a very good band. Playing well-known and new songs that I liked.’ – J. J.

‘A pleasant, slightly “groovy” evening.’ – Natasha

‘Excellent duo & great little venue!’ – Carol

‘Maybe more advertising on social media or have warm up acts of similar genres to draw in more of a crowd.’ – Anonymous

‘Nice evening and venue!’ – S. N.

‘I would not have found out about this interesting venue (Hyde Park Book Club) without HMF info. Great singing Duo Too.’ – Paul

‘Excellent.’ – Jack S.

‘The artists were very pleasant to listen to’, Anonymous.

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Niss Stricker and France Ellul

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‘Love the music (+birdsong outside!) harp is very soothing, meditative, very quiet + “centred”. Very pleasant events.’ – Jenny

‘More of this please’. (Harp music, not guitar). – Anonymous

‘Haunting, evocative music. the jokes would have been more relevant to the Scandinavian character of the evening.’ – Anonymous.

‘Loved the stories. Reminded  me the old folk club days.’ – Ray + Chris

‘Good’. – Margaret L.

‘Beautiful music and lovely musicians’. – Elizabeth H.

‘Excellent, relaxed venue, volume could be better. Nice to hear harp and sitar.’- Anonymous

‘Very beautiful and moving. Unique experience.’ – Sarah L.

‘Always a joy to hear the small harp, especially  in combination with voice + sitar.’ – Pam

‘Very enjoyable and different! An unusual and unique musical experience. I hope Niss and France come again!’ – Brian E.

‘Very sensitive renditions  of traditional folk songs! With some novel interludes sitar and stories. Very enjoyable! – Claire