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Monthly Folk Event updates from our Chairman

August 2023

Folk at The Barlow is a Folk Club that holds its events at The Barlow (formerly The
Barlow Institute) in Edgworth. We hold a singaround that is usually on the first Friday
of the month, a a concert that is usually on 3 rd Friday. The next singaround at the
Barlow will be on 1 st September and all are welcome whether to sing, play or simply
to listen.
The next guest at The Barlow, 22 nd September, will be Marie Little, supported by The
Apple Sellers.
On 11 th August, Folk at the Barlow will present their annual Showcase concert
featuring singers and musicians from our monthly singarounds, each performing sets
of their chosen music.
Marie Little is a native of Salford and now lives in the North-East of England. She
has been around the folk scene for many years and has appeared at clubs and
festivals all over the UK and Europe. A well-respected figure on the folk scene, her
CV includes a number of albums as well as TV, radio and Festival appearances.
Marie has never lost her old Salford chat and earthiness. This, along with her warm
personality and choice of good quality songs delivered in a relaxed manner, has
made her both popular and a must for folk calendars everywhere. Marie made a big
impact at last year’s Edgworth Folk Festival and we are delighted to welcome her
back to the club.
The Apple Sellers are a ‘side project’ of Harp & a Monkey featuring lead singer
Martin Purdy on piano plus a double bassist playing North-West folk and narrative
We are closing in now on the Edgworth Folk Festival which takes place over the
weekend of 6 th – 8 th October. The festival is a charity event which is run for the
benefit of the Barlow Institute, a community centre and wonderful historic
building in the village of Edgworth near Bolton in Lancashire. It usually takes
place on the first weekend of October. All proceeds go to the Barlow Trust.
There are concerts, workshops, singarounds, music sessions, dance displays,
a ceilidh, lectures, demonstrations, with a bar and food available. All the artists
and workshop leaders give their time and talents for free for which we are
immensely grateful. We are proud that the festival attracts guests and visitors
from all over the country to share our love of great folk music and camaraderie.
The Festival is in its 12th year now, and has established a reputation of being
relaxed, friendly and welcoming. 
Artists appearing include:

All@Sea Shanty Crew
Stanley Accrington
Corrie Shelley
Nick Dow
Mark Dowding

Tom Perry/Clive Brooks
The Riot Band
Nick Mallion
LocTup Together
Sid Calderbank
Wet the Tea

Full details of the Festival, the artists appearing, Ticketing arrangements, and much
more, are available on the Festival web page
folk-festival-2023 .
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 continue at the White Horse in Edgworth. 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 song session will be on 4 th September, and
the next tune session is on Monday 17 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 16 th August, and again on the third
Wednesday of each month thereafter.

17.8.23 Tune Session, White Horse, Edgworth
1.9.23 Singaround, The Barlow
4.9.23 Song Session, White Horse, Edgworth
16.9.23 Folk Evening Masons’ Arms, Egerton
22.9.23 Mari Little, supported by The Apple Sellers,

6 – 8.10.23 12 th Annual Edgworth Folk Festival at The Barlow.

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