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Local North West Festivals 2021



All included dates tbc

Bury Met has reopened

and utilising Covid safety

Music Dates Include:

Sunday 29th August - The Wedding Present
Thursday 2nd September - Northern Flyway
Thursday 9th September - Bird on the Wire
Friday 10th September - The Houghton Weavers
Thursday 23rd September - Eddi Reader
Thursday 30th September - John McCusker
Saturday 2nd October - Mad Dog Mcrea
Wednesday 6th October - Thea Gilmore


Head for the Hills, Bury Met’s outdoor music festival, is returning as a two day event on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th September 2021


Individual Clubs and Sessions with Websites

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

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

Mucky Duck

Ewloe Social Club Old Mold Road, Ewloe, Deeside, Clwyd CH5 3AU

Room at the Top

The Ring o’ Bells, Ring o’ Bells Lane, Lathom Nr Ormskirk L40 5TE

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

All Things Considered 3rd Tuesday of the month

The Eagle Inn Collier Street, Salford. M3 7DW

Belper Folk Club

The Old King's Head, Days Lane, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1NP.

Bush Acoustic Music Club

The Bush Inn 120 Moorside Street Droylsden Manchester M43 7HL

Cornmarket Acoustic

The Cornmarket Old Ropery, Fenwick Street, Liverpool, L2 7NT

Cross Keys Folk Club

Cross Keys Llanfynydd Road, Llanfynydd LL11 5HH

The Eagle Inn, Salford
Third Tuesday of each month
‘All Things Considered Acoustic Session’

The Eagle Inn, 19 Collier Street Salford

Everyman Folk Club

Everyman Bistro, Hope Street, Liverpool, Merseyside

Kiveton Park Folk Club

Kiveton Park Colliery Cricket Club, Stone Close, off Stoney Bank Drive, Kiveton Park, S26 6SQ

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

Sheffield to Edale Rambler Folk Train
(Fourth Tuesday of each month)


Wigan Folk Club

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



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

Coppull Folk

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

Cross Keys Folk Club

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


Cross Keys 13 Earle Street, Liverpool L3 9NS

Formby Folk Club (First Wednesday of the month)

The Gild Hall Church Rd Formby L37 3NG

Nether Edge Folk Club

C/O Nether Edge Bowling Club, Nether Edge Road, Sheffield S7 1RU

Otley Folk Club

40 Bondgate Otley, North Yorkshire LS21 1AD

Ramsbottom Folk Club (Monthly)

Ramsbottom Cricket Club, Eliza Street, Ramsbottom BL0 0BS

Ryburn Folk Club (Last Wednesday of the month)

The Works, in Hollins Mill Lane, Sowerby Bridge.

The Navigation in Marple (First Wednesday of every month)

9 Stockport Road, Marple, Stockport, Cheshire SK6 6BD

Willows Folk Club

Wrea Green Institute Station Road Wrea Green Preston PR4 2PH

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 Midland
Alternate Thursdays

The Midland 19 Wellington Rd North, Stockport SK4 1HJ

Black Swan Folk Club

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

Derby Heritage Traditional Music Club
(3rd Thursday in the month)

The Old Derby Gaol, Friargate, Derby

Earby - Informal singaround session

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

Fleetwood Folk Club

The Strawberry Gardens PH Poulton Road Fleetwood FY7 6TF

Formby Folk / Acoustic Club
Second Thursday of the month

Formby Sports & Social Club Whitehouse Lane, Formby L37 3LT

Gregson Lane
Alternate Thursdays (Occasional specials on Fridays/Saturdays) mixture of Singers Nights +
Guest Nights.

Gregson Lane Folk Club, Nets Bar (Upstairs Room) Gregson Lane
The Village of Gregson Lane Nr Preston PR5 0AX
Tel: 01254 853929

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

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

Folk at the Barlow (formerly Bromley Cross Folk Club)

The Barlow Institute Bolton Road, Edgworth BL7 0AP

The Beehive Folk Club

Harthill, Sheffield S26 7YH


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

Carlisle Folk & Blues

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

Chesterfield Folk Club

Chesterfield Library Theatre, New Beetwell St., Chesterfield S40 1QN

Gainsborough Folk Club

Melrose Club Melrose Road, Gainsborough, DN21 2SA,

Grove Folk Club, Leeds

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

Liverpool Acoustic Live - 4th Friday of the month

View Two Gallery 23 Matthew Street, Liverpool L2 6RE


Harlequin Theatre, Queen St, Northwich, CW9 5JN

Pete Ryder and Friends - Occasional Fridays

White Lion 242 Manchester Road, Swinton M27 4TS

Timperley Folk Club - 1st and 3rd Fridays

Timperley Taverners 43a Park Road, Timperley WA14 5AD

Westhoughton Folk Club - Occasional Fridays

Westhoughton Golf Club Long Island, Westhoughton, Bolton BL5 2BR


Bothy Folk Club

Park Golf Club, Park Road West, Southport, Merseyside

Bull's Head Folk Club

The Bull's Head on Church Street, Warrington WA1 2SX

Live at the Lion (Last Sunday of the Month)

The Red Lion, 10 High Street, Wath-upon Dearne, Rotherham S63 7QG

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 - 2020

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





27th February

Chester Folk Festival - Kelsall, Cheshire Online Festival




19th - 21st March

Medieval Music in the Dales, Bolton Castle and Redmire, Yorkshire






9th - 11th April

Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering - Morpeth, Northumberland

30th April to 3rd May

Filey Folk Festival - Filey, Yorkshire





7th - 9th May

Hebden Bridge Folk Roots Festival - Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

27th - 30th May

Bearded Theory - Catton Hall, Derbyshire

228th - 31st May

Chester Folk Festival - Kelsall, Cheshire

28th - 31st May

Great North Folk Festival, Danby

21st - 23rd May

Acoustic Festival of Britain, Uttoxeter, Staffs






4th - 6th June

Rochdale Folk Festival

17th - 20th June

Towerfest, Yorkshire

17th - 20th June

Beverley Folk Festival

25th - 27th June

Exile Music Festival Darley Dale, Derbyshire







2nd - 4th July

Cleckheaton Folk Festival


2nd – 3rd July

Moonbeams Festival, Wold Newton, E. Yorks

9th - 11th July

Furness Tradition

9th - 11th July

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival - Burton Agnes Hall, Yorkshire





6th - 8th August

Lake District Folk Weekend, Cumbria


12th - 15th August

Saltburn Festival, North Yorks

20th - 22nd August

Just So Festival - Rode Hall, Cheshire

21st - 27th August

Whitby Folk Week, Whitby, N.Yorks

27th - 30th August

Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Shrewsbury, Shropshire





3rd - 6th September

Settle Folk Gathering

17th - 19th September

Medieval Music in the Dales, Bolton Castle and Redmire, Yorkshire






21st - 23rd October

Manchester Folk Festival

22nd - 24th October

Musicport, Whitby, N.Yorks









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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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