who will be taking part?
With over a decade of hard graft and experience as a professional musician, writing, recording and playing his way around the UK & Ireland, Gareth Davies-Jones is most certainly one of the best kept roots/acoustic secrets on the British music scene - an artist who has served his apprenticeship well and gathered a discerning following.
“one of the UK’s best-kept musical secrets, powerful songs and affecting performances” Properganda
Held in high regard by many commentators as a gifted and perceptive songwriter (BBC Radio's Bob Harris, Iain Anderson & Frank Hennessy are all fans), his music is laced with a vivid and powerful sense of the aesthetic, forged amongst the landscapes and atmosphere of his native Ulster and now adopted home in Northumberland. A natural story teller through song, many reviewers have placed Gareth's performances alongside the best in the Troubadour tradition. Combining elements of Guthrie, Dylan, Taylor and Browne, the attention to musical detail is evident throughout his now extensive back catalogue (7 solo & 3 collaborative albums) playing a variety of instruments and featuring a keen sense of melody woven around a rich, distinctive voice.
“Rich, soulful vocals, a fine ear for melody & masterful acoustic guitar playing” R2 Magazine
John is a much sought after public speaker and a prolific author who will be leading two events during the Festival
Now retired as Bishop of Oxford. He was Bishop of Jarrow and, before that, Archdeacon of Canterbury. He has experience all over the UK and is wonderfully placed to help us think about how to live as Christians today and to look with confidence towards the world of the future.
Poet, performer, Slade and Everton fan
average ukulele player
With over sixty titles to his name, Paul has sold well over three quarters of a million books since he began work as a poet in 1989, and his poems appear in over two hundred other books.
Paul is the official Poet In Residence for the National Football Museum. He is also Poet Laureate for Slade.During his time as poet in residence for the magazine Literacy Time Plus he wrote poems for teachers' resources. He is the only poet to win the National Reading Hero Award, which he received at 10 Downing Street.
His work has taken him all over the world - including visits to Argentina, Uganda, Malaysia, Singapore and Beijing and featured on Match of The Day, Radio 5 Live, Radio 2, The World Service, CBBC, Sky Sports, Talksport Radio, in The Everton match day programme and The Sun.
He has a vast experience of leading workshops with all age groups and abilities and firmly believes that everyone can write poems. His performances are always memorable, lively and extremely funny. Audience participation is non negotiable! WARNING : may contain ukuleles.
The Upper Holme Valley Staff Team
This the team of ministers, lay and ordained who have been central to the planning and running of this festival. We include Rev Canon Sean Robertshaw (Team Rector), Rev Keith Griffin (Team Vicar), Rev Nick Heaton (Team Vicar), John Bullimore and Sue Thomson.
Over the course of the Festival six students in training for ordained ministry will be living and working in the Holme Valley, supporting the Festival of Faith. Their key contributions will be to prayer, worship, chatting to people and maintaining a presence at events throughout the festival. Each day a few students will be available from 11am till 4pm to maintain a presence in the centre of Holmfirth throughout the festival; anyone can get information here from the students about any of the events. are here to engage in faith issues and to share their own stories of faith. They would be delighted to talk to you, or pray with or for you about any issues concerning the Christian faith.