HHMF Hylda Sims tribute stream

Herne Hill Music Festival welcome Joe Wilkes and Carol Anderson for back to back music streams, and Michelle Baharier returns for poetry, on the #HHMF FB platform this Friday 9th April, from 8pm to 9:30pm. They’ll help deliver a poetry and musical tribute to the late Hylda Sims, musician and performer, poet and novelist, teacher and event promoter (often all at the same time) ... and former Festival programmer who booked both Joe and Carol for #HHMF2016. Michelle Baharier leads off proceedings at 8pm with poetry and will compere.

Joe will also feature release of a 19th C folk song single ’Hares on the Mountain’ from his forthcoming ‘Seven Gypsies’ album.

Carol plans to offer a lively selection of traditional Scottish folk tunes and perhaps some Aberdeen music hall as a tribute to Hylda and their shared love of old music hall songs.

They'll be supported by South London poet Michelle Baharier, who read some of Hylda's poetry in October as part of the Festival's final night "virtual fest" in support of Kieron Mahon and friends, and whose written word and multidisciplinary art explores the human condition and its histories. She's planning to read "temporary" new poems connected to current affairs.

A mother of two daughters, Hylda passed away in Norwich in 2020.  She spent much of her childhood there. Her family lived in a caravan built by her father, a market trader who sold herbal medicines.

Folk London has described:

"Music played an important part in Hylda’s school life, having piano lesson and singing classes, harmonising songs from “a big book of international folk songs”. Ivor Cutler, the poet, who taught at Summerhill for a while, gave Hylda her first guitar and showed her some chords “and it went on from there”. Summerhill school, which still exists, is the setting for Hylda’s novel Inspecting the Island (2000).

In the 1970s Hylda co-founded and lived at Lifespan, an alternative communal living collective in South Yorkshire. At her London home in East Dulwich, Hylda continued to welcome many musicians and poets needing a place to stay or some encouragement and support."

Be sure to tune in! Michelle from 8pm, Carol from 8:30pm, and Joe at 9pm. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/hernehillmusicfestival