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   Friday 17 Sept 2021       

 Live concert with Belshazzar's Feast 8pm

Our first live concert back at the Barlow.

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This amazing duo, Paul Sartin (fiddle, oboe, vocals) and Paul Hutchinson (piano accordion) have been playing together for 25 years and manage to combine their accomplished musicianship with belly-aching humour. I've been looking forward to this concert for about two years now! But don't take my word for it, here's a quote from Mike Harding and another from the Cambridge times

"Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin play like no-one else you’ve ever heard. Their music is breath-taking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music. But don’t let me give you the impression they’re a lightweight comedy act: they finish the set with a haunting piece of oboe and accordion magic which has the audience spellbound."

"Musicians Paul Sartin (oboe, violin, swanee whistle and vocals) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion) are notorious for their superlative ability, wit, rapport and depth of experience, creating a concert to remember.

Together, as Belshazzar’s Feast, they have entertained audiences across the UK, Australia and beyond with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes, songs and humour.

Live audiences can look forward to an inspired collection of tunes – stirred into the mix are classical, pop, music hall and traditional folk music, all laced with the duo’s wry humour"




Fri 15 Oct 21

Stanley Accrington 

Stanley Accrington must be the most prolific songwriter in the North West. Whatever it is, it has hardly has chance to finish happening before Stan has put pen to paper about it in his humorous and inimitable way. His formidable command of the English language and unusual slant on events makes his concerts both belly-aching and thought-provoking. Stanley emerged from the dark days of the late 1970's and has been terrorising the cultural world ever since. He has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast array of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and possibly anything. Apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has always been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further. Everybody has their Stan Accrington favourite so get your requests in early!

Stanley performs all over UK and occasionally beyond at a wide variety of locations and events. The pigeon-hole to put this stuff in is "miscellaneous-ish"

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Friday 19 November 2021       
Mikey Kenney Duo                      
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Fresh from his fiddle workshop at the Edgworth Festival, Folk at the Barlow enjoyed a great concert from vituoso fiddle player Mikey Kenney. Mikey will be accompanied by guitarist Stuart Burns at our November concert. A traditional fiddler held in high regard by his peers, Mikey has a reputation for making quality music and producing wondrous flourishes of superb creativity. A multi-talented and in-demand collaborator, he enjoys the company of others who are well established on the circuit, turning out for instance with The Band of Burns.

Mikey Kenney is a traditional fiddle player and musicologist from Liverpool with close ties to Lancashire Heritage Learning and the Liverpool branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. He is a professional international touring musician whose academic background fuels an interest in a variety of fiddle styles and genres (Irish, English, Scottish, Bluegrass, Jazz). A well travelled session musician, Mikey has worked with the likes of Vinicio Capossela (Italy), Band of Burns, Alabaster dePlume, Dan Haywood’s New Hawks, Victor Herrero (Spain) & Josephine Foster (USA). He is an accomplished recording artist and producer, with his own releases receiving much acclaim; his last two albums ‘The Reverie Road’ and ‘The Counsel of Owls’ both being rated 5/5 by fRoots magazine. An experienced teacher, Mikey has been hosting workshops on the subject of fiddle-playing traditions for many years. He is currently working as project co-ordinator for the Lancashire Turns and Tunes project, exploring social dancing traditions across historic Lancashire and he is also working as an independent researcher with the Lancashire archives.


With a distinctive vocal and instrumental style, a great experience never to be forgotton. Thank you Mikey and Stuart. Greatly enjoyed.

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