LIVE REVIEW: Anti-fracking event, The old Co-op Todmorden 4th August 2018


This was a relaxed event with vegan food, speakers and music, and though not a concert as such it did feature several local musicians.

First on were the Moondalas. Although at times the backing drowned out the lyrics, these versatile musicians offered good harmony singing, lively rhythms, and enticing tunes.
Almighty Sound, a combination of two guitars, drum and saxophone, played a vigorous set including a song about CCTV: “You don’t need to worry if you ain’t done nothing wrong.”
Singer Kate Redford sang sometimes with guitar and sometimes duetting with herself using a wonder of technology of whose name your reviewer is ignorant. She had a strong clear voice and sang with passion. Her set included an ominous folk song, “Doomsday”.

The Homies gave an effective set, including some old favourites like “Woodstock”.
Luna Calling, three women sometimes with instruments and sometimes unaccompanied, had effectively blended voices. Their songs had messages and beautiful melodies.

For readers interested in the fracking issue, Frack Free Hebden Bridge has a Facebook page and other local groups can be found on the website.

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I came to Todmorden in 1979 with my record collection but have gradually become converted to live music