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Folk Music
North West England

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Thea Gilmore


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Clive Gregson and Liz Simcock

Clive Gregson will be touring with Liz Simcock in November 2015.
They're going to revisit the Gregson & Collister catalogue so it should be one to watch out for. See Clive's site for details

This is one of the publicity shots that I took for the tour.

Coming next to Bury Met

Friday 20th November - The House Devils
Thursday 26 November - Sweet Liberties

Mr Kite

regularly hosts some great evenings and future events include:

Thursday 3rd December - St Agnes Fountain @ Bury Met
Sunday January 31st - Aoife O'Donovan Band @ Bury Met


For all details plus other events visit the website

We want to build a better
Bury Met

(But they need your help to make it happen)

The Met is a much loved venue, but the 165 year-old building is starting to show its age. They want to refurbish and improve the building, to create an exciting and vibrant space for you and for artists, while retaining The Met's unique character.

They've called this project A Better Met, and for the past three years have been working hard behind-the-scenes to make it happen. Transforming the building will cost £4.6 million, of which £4.1 million has already been raised. They now need your help to find the final £500,000.

How can you help?

The best way to help is by making a donation.

Donate by text: To send £5 right now text BMAA01 to 70070.
Donate at an event: Look out for the red buckets.
Donate at the Met ticket office: In The Met's foyer, Tuesday-Saturday.
Donate by phone: Call 0161 761 2216.
Or... Donate online "

Every penny helps.

The staff at The Met been overwhelmed by the support for the project so far and with almost 90% of their fundraising target already achieved, hope you can join the final push to create a brilliant venue for arts and music in Bury.

Individual Clubs and Sessions with Websites

For more in depth details such as days and dates in the North West follow this link and for Yorkshire follow this one

Click on the Club Name to Link to their site

Please check with the venue before setting off as, unfortunately, changes of venue, night or even closure are often not communicated to me!.



Clwb Gwerin Conwy

Royal British Legion, Rosehill Street, Conwy, LL32 8AF

Folk at the Prospect

Prospect Inn, Weston Road, Weston Village, Runcorn, WA7 4LD

Four Fools

Crown Hotel, Platt Lane, Worthington, nr Standish, WN1 2XF

Midway (ex-Red Bull)

The Midway, 263 Newbridge Lane, Stockport, SK1 2NX

Oddfellows Arms

191 Oldham Road Middleton Manchester

Room at the Top

Red Lion Hotel, Ashbrow, Newburgh, WN8 7NF

Skipton Folk Unplugged

The Narrow Boat, 38 Victoria Street, Skipton, BD23 1JE


The White Lion, 242 Manchester Road, Swinton, M27 4TS



Acoustic Collective

The Old General, 73 Crescent Road, Dukinfield, SK16 4EU

Bush Acoustic Music Club

The Bush Inn 120 Moorside Street Droylsden Manchester M43 7HL

Everyman Folk Club

Everyman Bistro, Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside

Longridge Folk Club (1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month )

British Legion, Townley Road, Longridge, Nr. Preston PR3 3EA


Maghull Community Ass'n, 604 Green Lane, Maghull, L31 2JH

The Plough at Staining

The Plough Inn, Chain Lane, Staining, Blackpool FY3 0BX

Ryburn 3 Step
Last Tuesday of the Month

The Alma Inn, Cottonstones, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 4NS

Sale Folk Club

United Services Club, Southern Road, Mersey Road, Sale, Manchester M33 6HQ

Wigan Folk Club

The Fox & Goose, 37-39 Wigan Lane, Wigan, WN1 1XR



Coppull Folk

The Alison Arms,  Preston Road, Coppull, Chorley, PR7 5DU

Biddulph up in Arms

The Biddulph Arms, 171 Congleton Road, Biddulph, ST8 6QJ

Burnley Folk Club

Kettledrum Inn, 302 Red Lees Road, Cliviger, Burnley, BB10 4RG

Clarence Folk Club

The Clarence, 88 Preston New Road, Blackpool, FY4 4H

Cross Keys Folk Club

Cross Keys, Running Hill Gate Uppermill Nr Oldham OL3 6LW

Garstang Unplugged

The Kenlis Arms, Ray Lane, Barnacre, Garstang, PR3 1GD

Otley Folk Club

40 Bondgate Otley, North Yorkshire LS21 1AD

Ramsbottom Folk Club (Monthly)

Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Eliza Street, Ramsbottom BL0 0BS

Ye Olde Man & Scythe, Bolton
(first and third Wednesday of each month )

6-8 Churchgate Bolton, Lancashire BL1 1HL
(Not strictly folk only but we do have a large number of folk musicians and folk instruments who tend to come along)



Acoustic Folk at the Nursery
Alternate Thursdays

Nursery Inn, 258 Green Lane, Heaton Norris, Stockport SK4 2NA

Black Swan Folk Club

Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green, York, YO1 7PR


The Oddfellows Arms, Welsh Row, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5ET

Earby - Informal singaround session

Station Hotel, 123 Colne Road, Earby, Barnoldswick, BB18 6XL

Folk at Gillespies Note new venue
launching on the Thursday 25th October with Jaywalkers

Monthly - follow link for details

The Old Town Hall Tavern 5 Church Street Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 7AP

Fleetwood Folk Club

The Strawberry Gardens PH Poulton Road Fleetwood FY7 6TF

Gregson Lane

Sports & Social Club, Gregson Lane, Hoghton, PR5 0FD

Hobo's Retreat Country Music Club

Heywood Reform Club, 34 Tower Street Heywood OL10 3AA

Hungry Horse Acoustic

Whitby Sports and Social Club, Chester Road, Ellesmere Port,
Cheshire CH65 6QF
Tel: 0151-678-9902

Lymm Folk Club
(formerly the Railway Folk Club)

Please note a 'Strictly ticket only' Club see website for details


Boathouse Pub/Restaurant, 1 The Parade, Parkgate, CH64

Topic Folk Club

The Bradford Irish Club Rebecca Street, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD1 2RX

Wigan Folk Club

The Keepers, 279 Woodhouse Lane, Wigan, Lancashire, WN6 7TD


The Nags Head Inn, Mount Street, Wrexham, LL13 8DW



BACCA Pipes Folk Club

The Ukrainian Club, 9 Henry Street (off Cavendish St) Keighley BD21 3DR


The Dog & Partridge, 97 Palmerston Street, Bollington, SK10 5JX

Bromley Cross Folk Club

Bradshaw Cricket Club, The Rigbies, Bradshaw, Bolton, BL2 3EL.

Carlisle Folk & Blues

Sunset Suite, Carlisle Football Ground, Warwick Road, CA1 1LL


Conservative Club, 74 Main Street, Frodsham, WA6 7AU

Grove Folk Club, Leeds

The Grove Inn, Back Row David Street, off Water Lane, Leeds LS11 5PL

New Cleveland Folk Club (fortnightly)

Cleveland Hotel, Crumpsall Lane, Off Middleton Rd, Crumpsall
Manchester M8 5SR


Harlequin Theatre, Queen St, Northwich, CW9 5JN

Porkies Folk Club

Poynton Brittish Legion, Geoges Road West, Poynton Cheshire


Bothy Folk Club

Park Golf Club, Park Road West, Southport, Merseyside

Wallasey Folk & Acoustic Club

The Wallaseyans' Club, 140 Grove Rd CH45 OJF

Wooden Horse Folk Club

Plough Inn, Spa Lane, Lathom L40 6JG (temporary)

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Local North West Festivals and Contacts - 2015

If any Festival Organiser wishes to add their details to this site
Please Email me (No attachments please!)






4-7 June

Wirral Folk Festival, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

5-7 June

City of York Free Folk Weekend

6th–14th June

Saddleworth Festival of Arts

12-13 June

Stepping Stones Festival, Kirklinton Hall, Carlisle, Cumbria  

19-21 June

Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter, Staffs

19-21 June

Middlewich FAB Festival, Middlewich, Cheshire

19-21 June

Beverley Folk Festival, Beverley, E.Yorks

27 June

Bakewell International Day of Dance, Bakewell, Derbyshire







3-5 July

Cleckheaton Folk Festival, Cleckheaton, W.Yorks

3-5 July

Yorkshire Folk Dance Weekend, Drax, N.Yorks

10-11 July

Moonbeams Festival, Wold Newton, E. Yorks

10-11 July

Furness Tradition, Ulverston, Cumbria

10-12 July

Whitby Sea Festival, Whitby, N.Yorks

11-12 July

Clogfest, Skipton, N.Yorks

16-19 July

Bradfield Traditional Music Weekend, Bradfield, S.Yorks
Edgemount Farm, Lumb Lane, High Bradfield, Sheffield, S6 6LJ. 0114 2851479 edeophone@aol.com

16-19 July

 Music on the Marr, Castle Carrock, Cumbria

17-19 July

Rothbury Traditional Music Festival, Rothbury, Northumberland

17-19 July

Stainsby Folk Festival, Stainsby, Derbyshire

17-19 July

Summertyne Americana Festival, Gateshead, Co. Durham

24-27 July

Litttleborough Rushbearing

24-26 July

Underneath the Stars Festival, Cawthorne, South Yorks







8-15 August

Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance, Billingham, Teesside

10-15 August

Folkworks Summer Schools, Durham

13-15 August

Folkworks Durham Gathering, Durham

14-16 August

Saltburn Folk Festival, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, N.Yorks

15 August

Liverpool Morris Meeting, Liverpool,.

21-23 August

Saddleworth Rushcart, Saddleworth                    

22-28 August

Whitby Folk Week, Whitby, N.Yorks

28-31 August

Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Shrewsbury, Shropshire







18-20 September

Roots North, Whitby, N.Yorks

18-20 September

Otley Black Sheep Folk Festival, Otley, W.Yorks

18-20 September

Ramsbottom Festival, Ramsbottom Cricket Club







2-4 October

Derby Folk Festival, Derby, Derbyshire

2-4 October

Allen Valleys Folk Festival, Allendale, Northumberland

3 October

Sword Dance Union Longsword Tournament, Goathland, N.Yorks

9-11 October

Edgworth Folk Weekend, Edgworth, Lancs

15-17 October

Homegrown, The Met, Market Street, Bury

16-18 October

Musicport, Whitby, N.Yorks











4-7 December

The Great British Folk Festival, Butlins, Skegness






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Other Sources

Any one of a number of local Folk Magazines

Mr Kite - Charity Folk Events

Mr. Kite promotes live music entertainment in the Preston/Blackburn area of the UK with all proceeds from these events going to charity. Follow the link to find out current planned events!.

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