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Monthly Folk Event updates from our Chairman

JULY 2024

 See our HOME PAGE  for details of this month's concert and how to book

The next singaround at Folk at the Barlow will be on 5 th July.

The next guests at The Barlow, on 19 th July, will be Hannah Sanders and Ben
who will be supported by Ed McGurk and Dave Howard.
Since emerging in 2016, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage have been defying all
conventions of style, genre and compartmentalisation. A touch of ‘Americana’, yet
quintessentially English. Traditional, yet contemporary, with their individual writing
style. Playful and instinctive, they constantly do the unexpected; yet they do it with
such panache and natural chemistry it makes perfect sense. Hannah Sanders has
an alluring mystique and a voice of disarming purity that massages your senses. Ben
Savage is a bubbling ferment of energy and infectious enthusiasm, seemingly able to
play any instrument you put in front of him with grace and favour.
Ed McGurk sings regularly with Caffrey McGurk, Madge, whilst Dave Howard has
appeared and recorded with a list of musicians that might well fill this page. He is,
perhaps, best known as the mandolin player of the Oldham Tinkers. Fancy string-
work, fine vocals and a discerning choice of songs. Who could ask for more?
Next month, our singaround will be on 2 nd and our annual Showcase event on 9 th .
This will feature short sets by some of our regular singaround musicians in various
combinations. Admission will be by donation (recommended £5).
For details of these events, booking details and future events at Folk at the Barlow,
please visit our website at

The song and tune sessions, previously held at the White Horse, continue at the
Railway Hotel in Bromley Cross. The first Monday of the month is a song session,
and there is a tune session on the 3 rd Monday, each at 8pm. Hence, the next tune
session is on 15 th July. Following that, the next song session will be on 5 th August.

For fans of open mic style sessions, The Saggy Bottom Girls hold their events at the
Masons’ Arms in Egerton. The next one is on 17 th July, and again on the third
of each month thereafter.

Peter and Barbara Snape, with Poppy Weatherall present Cotton Town Chronicles, a
folk song based multi-media presentation about Lancashire working life when cotton
and coal were king, at Helmshore Textile Mills Museum, Holcombe Road,
Helmshore, Rossendale BB4 4NP on Saturday 13th July, 7·30pm. Tickets are £10,
and doors open 7pm. If you are thinking of going to this excellent event, you can get
your tickets from Samantha or Mike at either of the June Folk at The Barlow events
in June. Otherwise, you can email
or call 01706 226459.


Folk at the Mill (held at Leigh Spinners Mill, Park Lane, Leigh WN7 2LB) present
Belinda O’Hooley on 21 st July.

Bolton Socialist Club continue their excellent series of concerts with The Apple
on 28 th September at 7.30pm. The Apple Sellers are a contemporary folk duo
who incorporate elements of modern classical and traditional spiritual music to
create really unique and immersive shows. Tickets are available from Julia on 07734

The Met, in Bury present a varied and interesting programme of related music this
autumn. Visit their website at .

Finally, it is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of a friend of Folk
at the Barlow, Peter Bearon. We knew him as a member of the group, One Accord,
but is musicianship, and indeed, his scholarship was much wider, as a melodeon
player with Rumworth Morris, and a dancer and sometime musician with Horwich
Prize Morris.

1.7.24 Song Session, The Railway, Bromley Cross
5.7.24 Singaround at Folk at the Barlow
13.7.24 Peter and Barbara Snape with Poppy Weatherall present,
Cotton Town Chronicles, Helmshore Textile Mills Museum,, or call 01706 226459.

15.7.24 Tune Session, The Railway, Bromley Cross
17.7.24 Folk Evening Masons’ Arms, Egerton
19.7.24 Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage, supported by Ed McGurk

and Dave Howard, Folk at The Barlow

21.7.24 Belinda O’Hooley, Folk at the Mill, Leigh -
2.8.24 Singaround at Folk at the Barlow
5.8.24 Song Session, The Railway, Bromley Cross
9.8.24 Annual Showcase Concert, Folk at the Barlow
28.9.24 The Apple Sellers, Bolton Socialist Club, Wood Street – contct

Julia on 07734 464236

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