Folk on song for statue bid

The Full English including charity show stars Fay Hield and Martin Simpson
The Full English including charity show stars Fay Hield and Martin Simpson

Sheffield’s Women Of Steel are singing the praises of the city’s folk superstars who are performing next week in a final push for a £150,000 statue in their honour.

Martin Simpson, Fay Hield, John Tams and Barry Coope, Chris While and Julie Matthews, Roy Bailey, Ray Hearne and Nat Johnson and Friends will all appear for free.

Most are from Sheffield and the region.

Taking place in Sheffield Cathedral - on Wednesday, November 26 - they hope to answer the prayers of the surviving Women Of Steel, who kept the city’s steel mills going during two world wars, by hitting The Star backed £150,000 target for a statue in their honour outside the City Hall.

It follows a rock and pop concert a year ago, featuring home grown Tony Christie, Heaven 17, ABC’s Martin Fry, John Parr, Eliot Kennedy, John Shuttleworth, Jon McClure and John Reilly, which helped to raise £64,000 towards the appeal.

John Palmer, who co-organised the show with The Star’s Graham Walker and Sheffield Grammy award winning producer songwriter Eliot Kennedy, is organising The Women Of Steel Folk Show.

The singers and musicians taking part have won 17 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards between them and been nominated for dozens more.

Fay Hield and Martin Simpson won the 2014 Best Group and Best Album Awards at the Royal Albert Hall ceremony earlier this year, with supergroup, The Full English.

John said: “We are expecting to reach the £150,000 target at the folk show.”

* Tickets for the concert are now very limited at £18 each. Buy in person from the Cathedral Shop or online at