LOCAL SPOTLIGHT: Hushed Puppies Festival

August bank holiday is set to be a noisy few days with the number of music events taking place in the local area. One of the more obscure choices is the HUSHED PUPPIES ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL, taking place at The Dog and Partridge (Manor Street, Bolton) and offering “weird and wonderful” acoustic music, from jazz to grime to metal and everything in between over Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August.

Co-organiser, Dan Lever, explained to Talent Pool that “Hushed Puppies has been instigated by Louise Morris of the PAWS FOR KIDS charity. They’re a local charity providing support for families torn apart by domestic violence. When people say that charity should begin at home, this is what they’re thinking of – Paws For Kids provide a vital lifeline for women and children trapped in horrendous situations, right here in Bolton.” The landlord at the venue, Neil Piper, responded to Louise’s request to hold a charity event by organising a two-day festival, featuring a excellent standard of performers from location as far as  Finland, Iraq and Horwich to lend their talents. The venue has a massive reputation for top notch acoustic music of all varieties, and this diversity is well represented in the line-up.

According to Dan, all the acts on the bill are of “top notch” quality. He went on to say “Acoustic performances are terrifying, as any musician will tell you – if you’re used to hiding behind a wall of noise, drums and amps, it feels very strange to be onstage armed only with your voice, your fingers and a piece of wood or two. I think the acts I’m most looking forward to seeing are the acts who are operating the furthest from their comfort zone – drum ‘n bass monsters “The Broken Door” being a prime example.”

Hushed Puppies has a great deal to offer musically, including Finnish blues ace (pictured right – bit of a local legend) Rambling Rob Young agreeing to fly over for the gig, and for something a bit different there is a puppet show taking place on the  Saturday night courtesy of “Puppetual Motion” – probably the UK’s foremost puppeteer, post-Rod Hull, performing at Glastonbury and many other festivals every year.

So if you’re after something a bit different this bank holiday, head down the the Hushed Puppies festival at The Dog and Partridge and support, as Dan puts it, “loads of great music, made by people who live, eat, and breathe for the sole purpose of creating amazing, soul wrenching, foot stomping music. It’s happening all the time, a couple of miles from where you live.”


Article by Colin Liptrot.

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