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Heather Woodhead


Heather Woodhead is a singer & guitarist from Leeds. She sings mainly traditional folk songs, both with guitar and unaccompanied, mainly on on her own but also 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 said: “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.”

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”.


Heather has released 4 CDs:

‘Birds’ - 2009  ‘TWO’ - 2012, Nursery Rhymes - 2016, Scars upon my heart - 2018

Her most recent album of songs 'Scars upon my Heart' is a collection of first world war poems,(written by female poets, from the woman’s point of view) set to music. This has been 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 been given around West Yorkshire & taken to Brussels around the time of 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.

Recent folk performances have included the Aubergine café in New York, Boom Cafe in Brussels, FRACCA in Chapel Allerton, The Blues Bar, Harrogate,  The Grove Inn Leeds, and Filey Folk Festival.

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 and with the RSCM Northern Cathedral Singers.

More music by Heather & Alison can be heard on


Reverbnation at


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

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