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October 2021

Festival Club (Thursday) @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 21 @ 11:00 pm - October 22 @ 12:40 am
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN
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£10

Thursday Festival Club at Manchester Folk Festival 2021: This ticket is only available for purchase when purchased in conjunction with another Thursday 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. Thursday’s line-up features: UK alt-folk duo Good Habits, composed of singer-cellist Bonnie Schwarz and accordionist…

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Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening plus support @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN
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£20

Kathryn Tickell – Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle Joss Clapp – guitar, vocals Joe Truswell – drums, programming Kate Young – fiddle, vocals Amy Thatcher – accordion, vocals Kieran Szifris – octave mandolin Musicians from Northumberland, Scotland and England invoke the dark, powerful, shamanic sounds of Ancient Northumbria and broadcast them to the modern world. Their inspiration comes from the wild, dramatic, weather-bitten countryside along Hadrian’s Wall, which seems so quintessentially Northumbrian…and yet, almost 2000 years ago that same landscape was inhabited…

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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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£20

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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£16

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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Sheelanagig @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 22 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN
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£16

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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£10

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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£16

"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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£16

Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. A highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, passionate conservationist, song collector and successful creator of live events. Alongside his organisation, The Nest Collective, Sam has shaken up the music scene breaking boundaries between folk and contemporary music and the assumed places and ways folksong is appreciated. Sam’s helped develop its ecosystem inviting in a new listenership interrogating what the messages in these old songs hold for us…

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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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£20

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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Banter @ Manchester Folk Festival

October 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place
Manchester, M15 4FN
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£14

Banter are: Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards and vocals and Tim Walker on drums, percussion, and brass. They are rooted in English traditional music but incorporate influences of pop, jazz, soul and big band sounds. Although just three people, they create a huge sound and have been described as the world’s smallest big band. Their new album “THREE” sees them exploring traditional song, whilst maintaining that quirky Banter twist.   What people say bout Banter: “Featuring percussion,…

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