HALIFAX MUSIC HERITAGE TRAIL>BACKGROUND
As a music promoter in Halifax for around 30 years (I put my first gig on whilst at Percival Whitley College) I was aware of some of the old venues and the famous names that had played them. However, it wasn’t till I read the ‘Small Town Saturday Night’ books by local author Trevor Simpson that I got the full and surprising cultural history of the small Northern working class town where I live. Some amazing names have appeared in the town but without Trevor’s books the names and venues would be forgotten. It is that thought which inspired me to devise the trail back in 2011 as part of the Halifax Festival.
However, my ultimate aim was to have something permanent, both physically with permanent plaques and digitally via a website. Doing it on my own (though with plenty of support and help from Trevor) has meant it’s been a slow process but I’ve finally achieved it. Thanks must be given to Cllr Barry Collins for recognising the importance of the trail to the town and Katie Kinsella for helping me get some council funding to get it to this stage. Thanks too to Dan Moss at Briggs Priestley for producing the plaques and submitting the planning applications, Chris Sands for the original map and design, Louise Turner for the design work, Film students at Calderdale College, Jess Smethurst for photography & last but by no means least Josh Holt of Media42 for producing this website.
If I was to pick out a few highlights I’d have to say Dusty Springfield’s UK solo debut performance at the Odeon, The Kinks playing Palin’s on the day they went to number 1,Pulp playing Halifax for the first time as part of The Return Club that I ran and finally, John Grant at Halifax Minster…take your pick which show, which I put on for The Doghouse (www.doghouseuk.com).
The whole trail is dedicated to my dear departed mum and dad, I think they’d of been proud at what I’ve done & to my Jess & Lennie.