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Wednesday 5 June 2024

Calder Valley Musicians support Medical Aid for Palestinians

Musicians from the Calder Valley will help raise more funds for Medical Aid for Palestine with a gig at St Mary's Church, Todmorden on Friday 7 June

The event, organised by Dave Boardman came in response to Des Horsfall's desire to get involved. "I had retired and was happy about not organising any more gigs or events," Dave said, "But when Des asked for help, I couldn't say no, this issue is too important."

Des Horsfall's Kuschty Rye, Sentimentalists, The Khan Sisters and Husnain Hanif provide quite a variety of sounds and bring various communities and cultures together in a show of solidarity with the suffering in Palestine.

Des Horsfall's Kuschty Rye is inspired by the Americana of Ronnie Lane, who was bassist with The Faces. Des has been playing country and Americana for many years and had a single release with Pete Townshend of the Who, another friends of Ronnie's. 

Sentimentalists (pictured above) involves people well know in the local music scene. They play songs mostly written by Pip Fowler, aka Miss Airedale, and feature renowned music teacher Daniel Bath on keyboards.

Hussnain Hanif is a nasheed singer – a sufi muslim tradition – and the Khan Sisters are young singers who are taught by Daniel Bath as part of his work with the Amber Trust, which provide music support for blind and partially sighted people.

There will be refreshments but is an alcohol-free event. "It starts at 7 and will be done by 10, so there's time for anyone who wants a drink to get one afterwards," added Dave Boardman. 

Funds will go to Medical Aid for Palestinians and will add to the thousands already raised by events in the valley. 

"It doesn't matter what your views on Israel, Palestine or various religions are," said Dave Boardman. "We see people dying and starving and hospitals destroyed, that's what matters to us."

Tickets available at Todmorden Tourist Information, and on the door

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