Headlining the concert is the contemporary folk duo Garforth & Myers. Rory Garforth and Adam Myers are the Barnsley based song-writing partners who head an ever-evolving collective of musicians, whose sounds are reminiscent of 60’s psychedelic folk. Featuring carefully crafted multi part Harmonies with long time band member Emma Johnstone and new member Susie Martin, the current line-up has also recently featured the popular blues and folk singer Richard Kitson among its ranks.
Garforth & Myers’ original demos attracted the attention of producers Keith Angel and Andy Seward; perhaps best known for their work with Kate Rusby, Jon Boden and Martin Simpson. Their debut album was released in 2012 to critical acclaim. While they are currently recording their second album, they are taking the opportunity to make a rare and long-awaited live appearance at this benefit concert featuring the best of local acoustic talent.
Also featured on the line-up of the concert is folk singer Leon O’Doherty, Barnsley Folk Club house-band String Theory, the comedy folk singer Scott Doonican backed by the young Penistone group Folkus, songstress Emily Worton and the Wombwell based musician Lewis Ryan, among many others.
Organiser Jason White says, ‘We were overwhelmed by the amount of local musicians that have donated their time to raise money in the name of the much loved, late barnsley College tutor Richard Tolson and the charity set up in his name, EnRich. As an artistic community, we also recognise the need to highlight the growing need for the support of local mental health charities. The percentage of adults with depression in Barnsley is higher than the national average, with 15.77% in Barnsley and 11.68% in England in 2011/2012. Lots of details figures can be found on the council website. Creative Recovery is a charity that does a lot of valuable work in promoting recovery and helping those individuals reach their potential.”
The concert will take place on Sunday 28th September at Barnsley Rock & Blues (formerly The Polish Club) and will run from 3:30pm to 9:30pm. It is free entry and donations will be collected throughout.