Simon’s Celebration Concert – Thursday 17th May – Victoria Hall

We are delighted to be able to announce that the following artists are very kindly coming to play and commemorate Simon after his funeral on 17th May.

** Bella Gaffney – from Bradford – has played at Saltaire several times as support. Simon was effectively mentoring Bella, and took her to Celtic connections in 2016 where she won a prestigious award. (http://www.bellagaffney.co.uk/) We are delighted that someone who Simon had helped develop their career will be performing.

** Jon Boden – those of you who were here for the first concert after Simon left us on 27th April will know how brilliant Jon was that night – and we are delighted that he is coming back to sing some solo numbers – what a top man he has been throughout all this – Simon first put him on over 10 years ago at Saltaire – in the pre-Bellowhead days!

** Salsa Celtica – one of Simon’s all time favourites. Some of the band are in Cuba, but their leader Toby is putting together a line-up that we know will raise the roof. Those of you who saw their amazing Christmas gig at Saltaire in 2016 will know what a treat we are in for…..

** And finally, but of course by no means least – it is absolutely brilliant that the full Dervish line-up is coming over from Sligo to say farewell to Simon. Simon not only put Dervish on many times at Saltaire, but he was their manager in the UK, and he has a full tour planned in September 2018 for this brilliant group of musicians, who are even nicer people. Cathy Jordan will also be singing a Celtic hymn during Simon’s funeral.

If you cannot get to URC Saltaire for the funeral at 1pm, then please join us at Victoria Hall from 4pm for the reception, and the concert will start at about 6.30pm. All Simon’s friends and people who loved the music he put on at Saltaire are very welcome to all of the day.

It would be very helpful if you could either indicate you are coming on here, or email to simon@saltairelive.co.uk. We don’t want to run out of food – and we definitely will not run out of beer and wine.

Love to you all, and let’s give Simon the send-off that he really deserves.

Rob and Emma

Simon’s Funeral Arrangements

Simon’s funeral and celebration of his life will take place on Thursday May 17th in Saltaire

1pm              Funeral Service at United Reform Church, Saltaire

2.40pm       Committal service at Nab Wood Crematorium for Family and Close Friends

4.00pm       Reception at Victoria Hall, Saltaire

6.30pm       Celebration concert for Simon at Victoria Hall, Saltaire – we will confirm the bands / musicians closer to the time – but you will not be disappointed!!

Venues / options for guests for the interval between the Funeral Service will be provided in due course.

Please let us know if you are coming!!

We expect that a lot of people will want to come and say goodbye to Simon from the many areas of his diverse life.

In order that we can plan for overall numbers as much as possible, please could you email your name(s) and number of people planning to come to simon@saltairelive.co.uk This will feed straight through to us.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing as many of Simon’s folk music friends on May 17th

Rob Heginbotham and Emma Devlin

Simon Heginbotham

It is with the deepest regret and sadness that we have to tell everyone connected with Saltaire Live that Simon, who founded and ran Saltaire Live, tragically took his own life on Friday 20th April.

Simon had suffered from increasing bouts of severe depression for over 20 years, although as we have found out over the last 48 hours, he was very good at hiding this when he was dealing with all matters related to his great love, which was of course Celtic Folk Music.

This is not the place for a long tribute or discussion re Simon, but he is at peace now and no longer having to continue to battle with this awful and cruel disease.

Upcoming Concerts

Simon’s family, executors and friends in Saltaire would like to run the next 3 Concerts in both Saltaire and York that are shown below in his memory, so the concerts will go ahead as planned. We hope that the many people who knew and loved Simon, or simply like the music and bands that he worked with, will come and join us at one or more of these events.

PLEASE DO NOT ORDER VIA THE SALTAIRE LIVE EMAIL ANYMORE.

·         Tickets can still be obtained at Fanny’s Ale house or Jumbo Records for this Friday’s Saltaire Concert with Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, or they can be purchased on the door. See the ticket section on this site for details. We will try and advise everyone if we reach capacity before Friday evening.

·         Tickets for the St Michael-le-Belfry Church Concerts in York should be purchased from www.sivtickets.com as per the website

Thank you to everyone at this difficult time. A great sadness, but we hope that you will come and celebrate all the great parts of Simon’s life at one of these three events.

Rob Heginbotham and Emma Devlin

SHOW of HANDS “Where We’re Bound” – York

+ Support GEOFF LAKEMAN

 

8pm Sat 12th May – £22.50

St MICHAEL-le-BELFREY CHURCH, YORK

 

 

Another band for whom it’s a little too soon to return to to Saltaire after their 2017 appearance, Show of Hands also make the move over to York this spring.

On their “Where We’re Bound” tour Phil Beer & Steve Knightley will be playing as a duo. Despite the name of the tour, they will actually be casting their eyes backwards, focussing on material from their early albums, which featured familiar songs that have gone on to become Show of Hands classics, and a rich vein of forgotten gems.

Show of Hands weave story and melody to create spellbinding shows and this show celebrates the duo’s enduring impact on roots, folk and acoustic music..

Opening the show will be Steve and Phil’s special guest, fellow Devonian Geoff Lakeman, forefather of the prolific Lakeman tribe.

SHOW of HANDS TICKETS available from www.sivtickets.com
Or direct from SALTAIRELIVE (See tickets page for details) 

Tickets will also be for sale on the evening of the concert on the Door.

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PLUS AT OTLEY COURTHOUSE

For tickets and more info on all our joint shows below with Otley Courthouse,
click here to visit  Otley Courthouse  website

 

Friday 11th May:
IMAR

Based in Glasgow, but playing primarily irish music, Imar are gaining a reputation as the hottest new property in Celtic music.  Step well back as Imar light the touchpaper – this is a band we can all expect to hear a lot more about in future.

 

Saturday 9th June:
DAN CASSIDY SWING QUARTET

Outstanding violinist Dan Cassidy, with an evening of hot tunes & gypsy jazz to capture the effervescent spirit of the Swing era. Brother of the late Eva Cassidy, those who were there for Dan’s last visit will attest that the musical talent was not confined to his illustrious sister, but widely shared within the family.