Back in November we announced the first 6 artists for English Folk Expo, 21st – 24th October 2021 and now we’re pleased to announce who will be joining Spiers & Boden, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, Jesca Hoop, John Bramwell & The Full Harmonic Convergence, The Gigspanner Big Band and O’Hooley & Tidow at this year’s showcase.

Thursday night sees shows in our hub venue, HOME, from ‘the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene’ (The Guardian) and Bellowhead frontmen, Spiers & Boden, Manchester’s very own Kabantu – the award-winning Manchester collective whose music bridge countries and cultures, and Lady Nade whose star continues to rise after her ‘Best Song’ nomination at this year’s UK Americana Awards. John Bramwell & The Full Harmonic Convergence – brings songs from his solo repertoire as well as some I am Kloot fan favourites to the 02 Ritz.

Lady Nade performs on Thursday 21st October at HOME

On Friday, as well as Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening and Jesca Hoop, we’re thrilled to welcome The Breath – Manchester based Stuart McCallum and Ríoghnach Connolly bring us their contemporary take on alt-folk and are joined by special guests Hannah James and Toby Kuhn whose combination of accordion, cello and voice is described as ‘soulful, original and conversational’. And if ‘foot stomping’ is what you’re looking for then don’t miss Sheelanagig who’ll be putting their groove into traditional and original European Folk music.

The Breath perform on Friday 22nd October at HOME

Saturday afternoon sees shows from the inventive and technically gifted Gigspanner Big Band (at HOME), and critically acclaimed folk song interpreter and conservationist Sam Lee plays another venue new to us this year – The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM).

Saturday evening at HOME sees an early show from Banter whose music is rooted in English traditional folk music but incorporate influences of pop, jazz, soul and big band. And later on we have shows from BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning duo, O’Hooley & Tidow and The English Fiddle Ensemble – a brand new band featuring four of England’s finest traditional fiddle players; Bryony Griffith, Jim Boyle, Ross Grant and Rosie Butler-Hall. Also on Saturday night, over at RNCM The Futureheads bring us their hotly anticipated acoustic /a cappella show.

Our event formally known as the ‘Late Night Bar’ has been newly named the ‘Festival Club’. As always, it takes place in the vibrant first-floor restaurant at HOME from 11pm – 1am each night and brings you 3 of the best emerging folk artists.

Artists featuring this year are: Good Habits, The Brothers Gillespie, Chris Elliott and Caitlin Jones, Tom Moore & Archie Moss, Granny’s Attic, Bryony Griffith & Alice Jones, Honey We Three and Ranagri.

We’ll be announcing EVEN MORE artists playing at this year’s showcase soon. We can’t wait to see you in Manchester this October.

For more details on all the artists announced so far click here. To register your interest in attending as a delegate click here.


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