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Cragg Vale Coiners
Words and Music

Evening at Wadsworth
Community Centre

Sunday, 7 January 2024

Cask Ale, Pie and Peas
Friday 2nd February
Doors 6.45 Show 7.45
Tickets £12.
07491 676408 or buy tickets here

On Friday 2nd February, Wadsworth Community Centre hosts an evening of words and music devoted to the Cragg Vale Coiners with author and descendent of Coiner 'King David' Hartley, Steve Hartley and Tom Kitching, musician, author, busker, and actor who appeared as the fiddler in Gallows Pole TV drama.

Steve Hartley has been researching the true story of the Cragg Vale Coiners for many years. His interest in the story was sparked by the knowledge that he is a direct descendant of the gang leader David Hartley.

In this book The Yorkshire Coiners - The true story of the Cragg Vale Gang, Steve presents the facts of the reign of the Cragg Vale gang that has fascinated people through the centuries since, inspiring folk songs, novels, plays and poetry and TV programmes.

Steve has an unparalleled knowledge of the Coiners and his "invaluable research" assisted local author Ben Myers' writing of The Gallows Pole. Steve will give a talk with readings and Q and A with the audience.

Tom Kitching is one of England's leading traditional fiddle players. Tom took an 18-month busking journey to explore England; the experiences are described in his book Seasons of Change. Tom appeared in the TV Drama Gallows Pole.

Traditional music from the period was researched and performed by cast member Jennifer Reid and Tom. In this Words and Music Event, Tom will play music of the Coiners era along with a description of the history of the songs and music, share stories from the shooting of the Gallows Pole show and respond to audience questions.

This event is part of Independent Venue Week.

See also

Boo Hewerdine & Jenny Sturgeon - also at Wadsworth Community Centre on 10 Feb.

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