Calverley is strumming up interest for its first folk day as musicians and singers will be heading to the village on Saturday, June 8.

Pubs and clubs around the park will be joining in by opening their doors for informal singarounds and sessions from 1pm with the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band headlining the event at The New Inn, Carr Road, from 9pm.

The day is being organised by a small band of folk followers who wanted to bring the friendly feel-good festival vibe to their own doorstep.

“It’s going to be a big little festival, great music and great fun all squeezed into one marvellous day,” said one of the organisers Kathie Griffiths.

“The big thing for us now is spreading the word and getting people to come along, bring their instruments, voices and ears and enjoy the singarounds, sessions and gigs.”

The New Inn will be the main venue for the day, but the Thornhill Arms, the Conservative Club and Calverley Arms have all said musicians and singers will be welcome.

The folk day is getting backing from the Creative Calverley project promoting local talents. Gael Timbers, of the project, said: “The folk day is something new. If it hits the right note, we’ll be back again with it next year.”

Headliners The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band are a firm favourite on the festival circuit performing at Otley Blacksheep Folk Festival, Holmfirth Festival and Hardraw Gatherings.

Any bands or acts interested in grabbing a set slot at the New Inn should get in touch soon with organisers.

Morris and clog dancers interested in performing outside the Thornhill pub would also be warmly welcomed.

Other events sharing the day include an indoor local produce, arts and crafts market at Calverley Methodist Church from 10am to 3pm and Champion House Summer Fete from 2pm to 4pm.

Calverley is on a major bus route from Bradford, Keighley and Leeds.

To find out more about Calverley’s First Folk Day, either call 07913 977665, twitter @calverleyfolk, go to calverley, or e-mail: