“Homeground”, a band of friends featuring some of Ribble Valley’s finest folk musicians, is using its music to make lives better.
The band is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise which raises funds and awareness to assist vulnerable people remain independent in their own homes.
For example, its next performance, on Saturday August 24th, will raise funds for The Falklands Veterans’ Foundation and Coming Home – a charity caring for injured servicemen returning from Afghanistan.That gig takes place at the newly refurbished Kestrel Suite, in Cow Lane, Burnley.
Comprising five friends, all accomplished musicians in their own right, Homeground play Celtic folk music, including several classic songs and melodies, but additionally feature their own original material. Toes will be tapping one minute and shivers running down the spine the next.
Vocalist Thea has a wealth of experience performing throughout the UK. Becky Taylor, on Uilleann pipes, whistles and fiddle, is an internationally acclaimed performer and has appeared on stage alongside many notable contemporary artistes such as Fairport Convention and Michael McGoldrick.
The Homeground boys are also members of Union Street country dance and ceilidh band, who perform a brand of infectious dance music and are in much demand for weddings, ceilidhs and traditional dance events. They are Mellor Brook music promoter Seamus Heffernan on bass, Julian Taylor on fiddle, and on guitar, Richard Moss, who will no dount be familiar to customers of Reidy’s music store in Blackburn, where he is the resident “guitar guru”.
The band’s special guest for the Burnley gig is Bob Fox. This North-Easterner musician has just returned from his second season as Songman in the National Theatre’s production of Michael Morpurgo’s “War Horse”, in which he sings and plays the melodeon, appearing throughout the play as a commentator and driving force. Since the early ’70s, Bob has lovingly developed his skills in the performance of folk song in all its various forms.
For more about Homeground, including other forthcoming gigs, and to secure tickets (priced £10) for the Burnley gig on August 24th, visit: www.homegroundprojects.org.uk
Homeground, from the left, Richard Moss on guitar, Becky Taylor on Uilleann pipes, whistles and fiddle, Seamus Heffernan on bass, lead vocalist Thea, and Julian Taylor on fiddle.