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Awna Teixeira

A wonderful 'Live' Drift session on Sunday 22nd March
by Awna Teixeira available on
Radio Lancashire's Listen again facility for 30 days.

©All the photos are the copyright of Roger Liptrot ©

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 27th - Emily Barker and Gill Sandell
Thursday 2nd April - Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
Thursday 9th April - RANT

Mr Kite

regularly hosts some great evenings and future events include:

Kris Drever and Boo Hewerdine Thursday April 23rd, 2015 at Bury Met

I'm With Her Tour featuring Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan Saturday April 25th at Bury Met

Phil Beer Sunday May 3rd, 2015 in aid of The Island Trust Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland

Cahalen Morrison and Eli West Sunday May 10th, 2015 in at Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland

For all details plus other events visit the website

Coming up at the Met: Rant - Thursday 9th April @ 8pm

RANT is the meeting of 4 of Scotland's finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Sarah-Jane Summers and Lauren MacColl join forces to create a rich and vibrant sound, evocative of the exciting scene they create music in. They made their debut performance in July 2012, storming onto the scene and immediately earning high praise. Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds.

Tickets 10 (8 Concession) Book now


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)

The Grant Arms Hotel, 11 Market Place Ramsbottom, BL0 9AJ

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


SW Manchester Cricket Club, Ellesmere Road, Chorlton M21 05G


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

Heaton Mersey

Heaton Mersey Sports & Social Club, Halewood Road, SK4 3AW

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

South Lakes Music Promotion

Sports & Social Club, Priory Road, Ulverston

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!)



24th January

Folkworks Winter Workout, Gateshead





13-14 February

 Love Folk Festival - The Atkinson Southport

19-21 Fe

The Big Whistle Festival Bury Met

28 February

Chester February Folk Day, Hoole, Chester, Cheshire




6-7 March

Moonbeams March Folk Weekend, Driffield, E. Yorks.

6-19 March

Manchester Irish Festival,

13-15 March

Yorkshire Cajun and Zydeco Festival, Malton, N.Yorks

13-22 March

Penkhull Folk Week, Penkhull, Stoke-on-Trent

14 March

Mellor Brook Fiddle Day

20-22 March

Nonsuch Dulcimer Club Spring Fling, Allendale, Northumberland





3-5 April

Sheffield Sessions Folk Festival, Sheffield,.

10-12 April

Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering, Morpeth, Northumberland

17th - 18th April

Todmorden Folk Festival

30 April-1 May

English Fiddle Symposium, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear





1-3 May

Folkworks Fiddles on Fire, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear

1-3 May

Filey Folk Festival, Filey, N.Yorks

1-3 May

Whitby Spring Session, Whitby, N.Yorks

1-4 May

Wath Festival, Wath-upon-Dearne, S.Yorks

1-4 May

Scandimoot Scandinavian Music & Dance, Settle & Clapham, N.Yorks

8-10 May

Holmfirth Festival of Folk, Holmfirth, W.Yorks

15-17 May

Shepley Spring Festival, Shepley, W.Yorks

15-17 May

Doncaster Folk Festival, Doncaster, S.Yorks

16 May

Hebden Bridge Roots Festival

21-24 May

Folkworks Hexham Gathering, Hexham, Northumberland

22-23 May

Ireby Festival, Ireby, Cumbria

22-25 May

Festival on the Moor, Botton, Danby, N.Yorks

22-25 May

Chester Folk Festival, Kelsall, Cheshire

25-30 May

Morland Scottish Country Dancing Week, Morland, Cumbria

29-31 May

Blowout Bagpipe Festival, Polesworth, Staffs,

29-31 May

BAMFest, Bedale, N.Yorks






4-7 June

Wirral Folk Festival, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

5-7 June

City of York Free Folk Weekend

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

24-26 July

Underneath the Stars Festival, Cawthorne, South Yorks






8-15 August

Billingham International Folklore Festival of World Dance, Billingham, Teesside

8-15 August

Morland Folk Dance Week, Morland, Cumbria

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






4-6 September

Fylde Folk 'n' Roots Festival, Fleetwood

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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