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October 2021

Jesca Hoop plus support @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
RNCM, 124 Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9RD
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£22

California-born but now based in Manchester, Jesca Hoop is what you’d call a musician’s musician. Discovered by Tom Waits, and brought on tour by Peter Gabriel to sing in his band, it was a phone call from Elbow’s Guy Garvey that saw her move to the UK. Her recent album “Stonechild”,  produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, This is the Kit), received huge acclaim from fans and critics alike, and it’s easy to see why: her beautiful songs,…

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The Breath plus support from Hannah James & Toby Kuhn @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN
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£17.60

The Breath is guitarist Stuart McCallum and singer/flautist Ríoghnach Connolly. Ríoghnach (pron. Rea-nuh) is Armagh-born and Manchester based. Known for her work with Afro Celt Sound System and Honeyfeet, she met Stuart on the city’s gig circuit several years ago. An unlikely pairing though it was - she a folk singer, loud, brash and mischievous, he an acclaimed jazz guitarist, member of Cinematic Orchestra and a softly spoken Manchester urbanite. Their connection was immediate; they formed The Breath, a duo…

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Harbottle & Jonas Trio @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 22 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge St
Manchester, M1 5BY United Kingdom
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£13.20

Devon duo Harbottle & Jonas have established themselves as one of the most exciting prospects on the folk circuit today, combining a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Dave Harbottle and Freya Jonas have evolved a compelling live signature sound blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and cittern with their powerful close vocal harmonies. Touring now with latest album, The Beacon, Cornish fiddle player Annie Baylis joins them, weaving in…

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Sam Carter @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 22 @ 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Anthony Burgess Foundation, 3 Cambridge St
Manchester, M1 5BY United Kingdom
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£13.20

In the eleven years since winning Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and captivating live performances. Having made a spell-binding appearance on ​Later... with Jools Holland ​in 2012, Sam has gone on to tour the world, sharing stages with some of the finest guitarists and songwriters, including Nic Jones, Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson, and Chris Wood. This Autumn Sam Carter embarks on a national tour to…

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Sheelanagig @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 22 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN
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£17.60

Sheelanagig, for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass - added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces. Putting the groove into a…

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Festival Club (Friday) @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 22 @ 11:00 pm - October 23 @ 12:40 am
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN
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£11

Friday Festival Club at Manchester Folk Festival 2021: This ticket is only available for purchase when purchased in conjunction with another Friday Manchester Folk Festival event ticket. It is also available to purchase if you are an EFEx Digital subscriber (log into your account to buy). See three of the best emerging English folk acts in HOME, the vibrant hub venue of Manchester Folk Festival. Friday’s line-up features: Described by Bright Young Folk as ‘experienced storytellers’ who bring ‘timeless quality’ to…

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Gigspanner Big Band plus support @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 23 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN
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£17.60

"With the Gigspanner Big Band, Peter Knight has assembled a group of musicians intent on making some of the most important and exhilarating art ever to sit under the banner of folk music" FRUK "Amazing...a force to be reckoned with - they storm every stage they walk on" Mike Harding The Gigspanner Big Band are a unique force in British folk music... Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they…

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Sam Lee plus support @Manchester Folk Festival

October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:10 pm
RNCM, 124 Oxford Road
Manchester, M13 9RD
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£17.60

Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. He’s an acclaimed, award-winning inventive singer, a folksong collector, conservationist and founder/director of The Nest Collective who’ve helped shake up the music scene and injected life back into the folk trad and world acoustic scenes. With his critically acclaimed new album, ‘Old Wow’, he takes the listener on a truly compelling and emotional journey that takes his work to yet another level. His 1st release, ‘Ground Of Its Own’ in…

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The Trials of Cato @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN
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£13.20

Formed in Beirut, the band returned to the UK in 2016 and set to performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Their debut album, Hide and Hair, gained attention in national publications, receives repeated national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, and won Best Album at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Following a…

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O’Hooley & Tidow plus support @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN
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£22

Performing together for over 10 years, much loved Yorkshire folk duo Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow were propelled into newfound fame when their song ‘Gentleman Jack’ was chosen as the theme tune for Sally Wainwright’s hit BBC1/HBO drama of the same name. Nominated four times for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’, Belinda and Heidi’s boundless song writing has been described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional’ and The Independent as ‘defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk music for the…

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