“Throughout the performance you could have heard a pin drop; recognition of the spell her voice cast over the audience”. Judge at the Wath Folk Festival
'hauntingly impressive' Paul Abraham of Leeds music promotions
“Throughout the performance you could have heard a pin drop; recognition of the spell her voice cast over the audience”. Judge at the Wath Folk Festival

Heather Woodhead is a singer & guitarist from Leeds. She sings mainly traditional folk songs, both with guitar and unaccompanied, on her own or as a duet with Alison Battye (flautist). Her singing has been described as ‘pure and hypnotic’ by Acoustic Rotherham and “hauntingly impressive” by Paul Abraham of Leeds music promotions.

David Kidman, reviewer for Folk Roundabout says:

“Heather has enthralled audiences into silent, rapt attention with her distinctive, soft-toned (and actually quite beautiful) singing voice and her considered interpretations of songs to which she clearly responds.”


In May 2012 Heather won the silver roots trophy at Wath Folk Festival. One of the judges said “Throughout the performance you could have heard a pin drop; recognition of the spell her voice cast over the audience”.

She has released 2 CDs. ‘Birds’ in 2009 and ‘TWO’ in 2012

Folk performances in the last couple of years have included the Aubergine café in New York, Bistro Mokka in Crossgates (Now Zorba’s), St Mary’s Gomersal, The Itinerant waiters club near Hyde Park, Kirkstall calling at St Stephens Kirkstall, & FRACCA in Chapel Allerton.


Heather sings alto with The Heritage Masterworks Chorale, and has sung with them in New York, Paris, Belgium and Venice. She also sings in the Heritage Singers. Recently she has also started to sing with the RSCM Northern Cathedral Singers.


She has been spending quite a lot of her time in the last couple of years, setting first world war poems,(written by female poets, from the woman’s point of view) to music. This is part of a concert along with letters written by soldiers, to and from their loved ones during World War 1. The full recital (with amendments depending on the time available) has being given around West Yorkshire & taken to Brussels in the 18 months leading up to the 100th anniversary of the end of the 1st world war.

Alison has joined in most the concerts, enhancing them greatly with her beautiful flute playing and providing a contrasting voice in some of the letters to or from the front.

More music by Heather & Alison can be heard on


Reverbnation at


Sound cloud


Heather sings most Fridays at the Grove folk club in Leeds, or canbe contacted by email





LIVE Dates to come

Wednesday 16th June 2:30pm Queens Cross Trefoil Guild, Aberdeen (zoom)

Tuesday July 27th July 9pm - The Acoustic Sessions, The Blues Bar Harrogate

September 2021 Filey Folk Festival (TBC)

Recent Past LIVE Dates 2018/19/20/21

Monday 8th March 2021 ELFM radio - International Women's Day -  7pm Women in Sound

Friday 27th November 2020 Live Online at 13:50 - 14:20 DOCSTOC47  in aid of MND

Friday 8th May DocStoc44 - The virtu Stoc 12noon - 8pm I am on at 1pm in aid of Make-A-wish foundation UK

Saturday May 9th Filey Folk Festival (With 'What Larks' and solo) 1pm CANCELLED

Saturday 14th March 2020 7:30pm Norwood Methodist Church & Retreat Centre, Norwood, LS21 2RA

Sunday 8th March, 2pm (With 'What Larks' For international womens day) The Brain Jar, Hull

11am Saturday 4th January 2020, coffee concert with 'What Larks'

St James Church, Manston, Crossgates, Leeds LS15 8JB

Thursday 24th October 2019 8:30pm The Acoustic Circus Sessions - St Mary's Church Gomersal

Saturday 28th September, 2pmAlleyCats, Harrogate Road LS7 4LA

6pm Sunday August 25th 2019 Barge & Barrel Fest Fest The Barge and Barrel, Elland

in aid of Overgate Hospice

Sunday 4th August 2pm onwards 2019 The Drummers Arms, Blackburn BB1

Thursday 13th June 2019 Aireborough Beer Festival, Guisley Theatre, Leeds 7:30pm

Raising money for various charities

Friday May 17th 2019 7:30pmNorwood Methodist Church & Retreat Centre, Norwood, LS21 2RA

Friday 18th January 2019 12:30pm Lunchtime Concert Leeds Minster LS2 7DJ

Saturday January 5th 2019 11amCoffee Concert - St James Manston LS15 8JB

Tuesday 13th November 2018 'Scars upon my heart'   1:15pm Crossgates Methodist Church, Leeds LS15 8QR

Friday 9th November 2018 'Scars upon my heart' album launch Folk at the grove, 8:30pm The Grove Inn, Leeds LS11 5PL

Tuesday 30th October 2018 Itinerant Waiters Club support 8pm The Chemic Tavern, 9 Johnston St, Leeds LS6 2NG

Friday 19th October 2018 'Scars upon my heart'     Boom Cafe, Rue Pletinckx 7, 1000 Bruxelles