TICKETS AND INFORMATION:
Tickets for the Playground Party event, featuring
Saw Doctors Ticket Master
and from Jumbo
Records, St Johns Centre, Leeds (Purchases may be subject
to administration fee.)
Information line: Tel: 0113 336 8619
(note please type @ in the usual way - we have presented it like
this to avoid Spam)
Garforth Arts Festival 2012 - Artistic Events
Summary & Details
Playground Party -- Saturday 7 July 2012
The early bird ticket offer is now closed and all tickets will
now be charged at the standard prices. See below for full details.
THE SAW DOCTORS
Saw Doctors is a group of songwriting musicians from the West of
Ireland, hell-bent on celebrating, observing, recording and sometimes
poking fun at their own locality, accent and idiomatic use of language
whilst dressing their songs up in their favourite sounds and styles
from their years of musical fandom.
Formed in Tuam, really a small market town but in fact a tiny
city of two cathedrals, in the late 1980's, originally with Mary
O'Connor as the main singer and later based around the songs and
singing of Davy Carton, Leo Moran, Padraig Stevens, John 'Turps'
Burke with no little contribution from the late Paul Cunniffe (who
had written and sang Davy's previous band, Blaze X's, repertoire
Loved and revered by their loyal fans, many of whom have been
recruited by already fan friends, or friends of friends of fans,
if you know what I mean, and often reviled by haughty urban-based
media style council as being too rural (Tuam!), painting pictures
that the begrudgers believe, from their lofty perspective, don't
exist in the real world, The Saw Doctors continue with a resilience
and an effervescent energy that has them lined-up for a six week
coast to coast adventure across North America this Spring.
In their own words...
"Born into a repressed, catholic, conservative, small-town,
agrarian, angst-ridden and showband infested society we're trying
to preserve the positive elements of our background and marry them
to the sounds which have culturally invaded our milieu through TV,
radio, 45's, fast food restaurants, 24 hour petrol stations and
would be easier to jot down what this man can't do than what he
can." - The Guardian
Nitin Sawhney is one of the most distinctive and versatile musical
voices alive today. Firmly established as a world-class producer,
songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural
pioneer, Sawhney has become a latter-day Renaissance man in the
worlds of music, film, videogames, dance and theatre.
Sawhney's output as a musician is astonishing. He has scored for
and performed with many of the world's leading orchestras, and collaborated
with and written for the likes of Paul McCartney, Sting, The London
Symphony Orchestra, A.R. Rahman, Brian Eno, Sinead O'Connor, Anoushka
Shankar, Jeff Beck, Shakira, Will Young, Taio Cruz, Get Cape Wear
Cape Fly, Ellie Goulding, Asa, Horace Andy, Cirque Du Soleil, Akram
Khan, Mira Nair, Nelson Mandela and John Hurt. Performing extensively
around the world, he has achieved an international reputation across
every possible creative medium. Often appearing as Artist in Residence,
curator or Musical Director at international festivals, Sawhney
works tirelessly for musical education, acting as patron of the
British Government's Access-to-music programme and the East London
Film festival and acting as a judge for The Ivor Novello Awards,
BAFTA, BIFA and the PRS foundation. He is a recipient of 4 honorary
doctorates from British universities, is a fellow of LIPA and the
Southbank University, an Associate of Sadler's Wells, sits on the
board for London's Somerset House and in 2007 turned down an OBE
for ethical reasons.
An acclaimed flamenco guitarist and classical/ jazz pianist, Sawhney's
musical ability to transcend cultural barriers has gained him much
recognition from the classical and pop communities, leading to his
unique claim to broadcasting and selling out as artist in his own
right for both the BBC Traditional and Electric Proms at London's
Royal Albert Hall and Roundhouse respectively. His band has toured
the world for decades and Sawhney has performed and scored in recent
years with international orchestras to silent films, most notably
Franz Osten's A Throw of Dice and Naruse's Yogoto No Yume with the
SHLOMO & THE LIP FACTORY
kid's good. Jaw_droppingly good."- The Guardian
Internationally acclaimed human beatboxer and World Loopstation
Champion Shlomo presents his latest vocal project Shlomo and the
Lip Factory, an all-vocal band of 7 brilliant beatboxers and singers.
Be warned - it is like nothing you have seen before - incredible,
inspirational and totally absorbing.
A Guinness World Record holder, Shlomo gave up astrophysics to
perform his amazing vocal pyrotechnics. It was a good move. Since
then he has won global acclaim and worked with some of the biggest
names in music including Bjork, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Martha
Wainwright, Imogen Heap, The Specials, DJ Yoda and even comedians
the Mighty Boosh. In the process he has consistently pushed the
boundaries of beatboxing, bringing the art form to new and unexpected
audiences through such diverse collaborations.
Shlomo and the Lip Factory is Shlomo's latest project _ a tight
group of talented young vocalists, both beatboxers and jazz singers,
who come together to create something bigger than the sum of their
parts. Performing an inspiring mixture of soulful improvisations,
intricately orchestrated compositions, and all_vocal renditions
of classic tunes by everyone from Stevie Wonder to Paul Simon and
the Prodigy, Shlomo and the Lip Factory are a force to be reckoned
with. Don't miss them.
MUGENKYO TAIKO DRUMMERS
skill and awesome relentless energy!" - The Stage
Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums in a spellbinding display
of fluid grace, precise choreography and sheer athleticism, brought
to you by Europe's foremost exponents of this ancient art-form.
Through their 18 years of rigorous touring, Mugenkyo have developed
a gritty passionate style that is uniquely their own. Retaining
the traditional spirit of taiko, yet creating a thoroughly contemporary
sound, Mugenkyo have forged a new path with their innovative approach.
A highly focused, perfectly synchronized, thrilling spectacle,
and an unforgettable experience.
"This latest show is something else. It is, unashamedly,
drumming as theatre, but also drumming as an almost religious experience...
exhilarating to behold. Even if you've seen them before, you'll
be gobsmacked." - The Glasgow Herald
MZUVELE HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR
over 7544 miles, from South Africa to the UK to perform at the Garforth
Arts Festival, the breath-taking voc al sound of the Mzuvele High
School Choir will grace the stage at the 2012 Playground Party.
Performing their first set acapella, with the Garforth Jazz Rock
Band joining them for their second, this must surely be one of the
highlights of the festival, bringing together these talented young
musicians across vast distances for their first ever joint performance
in the UK.
Some readers will know this project well, but for those to whom
it is new, here is some background to the story...
The City Of Leeds is twinned with Durban in South Africa and part
of this partnership includes links between schools in both cities.
Garforth Academy is partnered with Mzuvele High School, a secondary
school of around 1200 pupils in the township area of Kwa-Mashu,
Durban. Over the last 3 years, various staff and students have visited
each other. In 2009 the Mzuvele High School choir composed &
recorded songs which they sent via the internet to Garforth and
these songs were then arranged by the Garforth Jazz Rock Band (GJRB),
recorded & sent back as part of a musical exchange. The song
"Friends" was our theme for the 2009 festival.
In February 2011, 3 staff from Garforth Academy took 8 members
of the GJRB on a weeklong trip to Durban to visit the partner schools,
performing music, working on collaborations & getting to know
each other. GJRB also donated 5 brass instruments to Mzuvele High
school (a school that previously had no instruments) and students
from that school are now learning to play.
During the visit, two more pieces were recorded in collaboration
at K-CAP (the Kwa-Mashu Community Arts Project recording studios),
which will feature in the 2012 festival. This project really encapsulates
what the Garforth Arts Festival is all about - broadening cultural
horizons & bringing the best international artists to the heart
of the community.
For the full story, with videos, photos and to hear the music
of the choir, visit our fundraising campaign page at:
GARFORTH JAZZ ROCK BAND
Garforth Jazz Rock Band was formed in October of 2003 as part of
the Garforth Community Arts School, known as Arts Live, based at,
Garforth Academy. The band was formed under the guidance of band
leader Dave Evans and remains under his direction to this day.
Their repertoire includes jazz, funk, classic pop tracks, contemporary
dance music arranged for a big band, traditional & modern South
African music and grows larger with each rehearsal.
Since it's conception in 2003 GJRB has gone on to become one of
the busiest, and one of the best, youth jazz ensembles in the United
Kingdom, performing all over the UK, and touring Ireland, Germany
and most recently South Africa.
PHOENIX DANCE THEATRE
the last 30 years, from small beginnings in inner-city Leeds, Phoenix
Dance Theatre has grown to be one of Britain's leading contemporary
dance companies. From our home in Leeds, the company tours nationally
and internationally, with the aim of bringing inspiring and entertaining
dance to the widest possible audience.
For the last 2 years, Garforth Arts Festival has worked with Phoenix
Dance Theatre on a multitude of projects, and 2012 will be no exception.
We will be opening a third venue at the Playground Party for the
first time which will host Phoenix Dance Theatre's regional project,
bringing 150 young dancers from across Yorkshire and beyond for
a series of showcase performances.
East Leeds FM will once again be hosting their own stage after
delivering a very well received programme of diverse music &
spoken word in 2011. Expect an exciting line-up featuring some of
the best up & coming local bands alongside more established
acts. CLICK HERE FOR THIS YEAR'S LINE-UP
Broadcasting live from their mobile studio, the team will be touring
the festival site, interviewing people, hosting artists after their
on-air performances (selected performances only) and running the
ELFM stage throughout the day so get down and get involved...
...INFORMATION ON MORE PERFORMERS TO FOLLOW...
Main Event information: The Playground Party on Saturday
TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR AND FROM TICKETMASTER.
N.B. There is NO PARKING on site. Alternative parking will be
signposted on all routes into Garforth.
The Playground Party once again brings together an outstanding line
up of the some of the best and most talented acts from the U.K and
beyond. For just £17 this has to be the best value festival
day in the U.K. Expect some amazing performances from local acts
alongside The Saw Doctors, Nitin Sawhney, Shlomo & The Lip Factory,
Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, Phoenix Dance Theatre, GJRB and much more.
A fabulous day out. Not to be missed!
VENUE: Garforth Academy Grounds
TIME: Doors open: 2.30pm
Single: £17.00 (Standard)
Single: £15.00 (Concession under 16s or over 60s)
Family: £45.00 (2 adults & 2 under 16s OR 1 adult &
3 under 16s)
Under 5s go free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Discounts available for local residents information to
Also available from Jumbo Records, St Johns Centre, Leeds,