Monthly Folk Event updates from our Chairman

June 2022

The next singaround at The Barlow on Friday 3rd June, starting at 8pm. As always, you are all welcome whether you want to sing, play or simply watch.

The next concert event at Folk at The Barlow is on 17th June and will feature Granny’s Attic supported by Dandelion Train. With exceptional musicianship and boundless energy, Granny’s Attic are going from strength to strength. Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, anglo concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (violin, vocals) have honed their skills touring the UK and Europe since 2009. They are much loved by audiences up and down the country, with bookings everywhere from Cambridge Folk Festival to Cecil Sharp House. The trio have been heralded for their lively performances and skilled delivery of traditional material, playing with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. Though grounded in tradition, they are keen to push new boundaries by exploring fresh approaches and writing their own compositions.

Dandelion Train are Sue, Ste & Gerry - a raggle-taggle multi-instrumental acoustic folk mix of musical genres, songs, tunes and original compositions.


These plans are, of course, subject to any change the Government makes in relation to the pandemic. Our policy, until then, remains The Barlow’s policy, and this includes the wearing of masks. Recent, well publicised developments in the Government’s response to the virus suggest the wearing of masks is highly advisable. This means that if you leave your seat to go to the bar or use the facilities, you should wear a mask.

For details of these events, booking details and future events at Folk at the Barlow, please visit our website at

On 1st June, Over Hulton Folk Club welcome the great Jez Lowe. Not only is Jez one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks. Jez’s own long-established band The Bad Pennies (featuring Kate Bramley, Andy May and David De La Haye) continue to attract a huge following, and his other collaborations with The Pitmen Poets (with Billy Mitchell, Bob Fox and Benny Graham), The Broonzies (alongside fellow-veterans Maggie Holland, Chris Parkinson and Roger Wilson), Men at Words (with James Keelaghan and Archie Fisher) and with fellow-songwriter Steve Tilston, show a willingness to push boundaries and venture boldly into pastures new. More details from


I am told that the monthly song session will be at the Rose and Crown in Edgworth on 6th June, with the Open Mic Night taking place there on 8th June.


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 the 15th June, and again on the third Wednesday each month thereafter.

The Covid 19 situation continues to present challenges for Folk Club organisers and managers of other venues. We can only advise that you take all the precautions that are advised by the NHS, and that if possible, you check with venues before you travel.


Described as one of the most exciting vocal groups to emerge on the acoustic music scene, their energy on stage is matched only by their collective talents, Daphne’s Flight are unrivalled and sit firmly in a class of their own as singers, musicians and writers. After a twenty-one year hiatus, they reunited in 2017 with a brand new album, Knows Time, Knows Change and toured the UK and Europe to much critical and audience acclaim. A live album and second tour followed in 2018 with festival appearances in 2019, including Cambridge, Shrewsbury and Cropredy which they stormed, gathering them even more devoted followers. Daphne’s Flight will appear at The Met, in Bury on 29th May.

Kris Drever (Lau), and Nashville-based Americana artist Rachel Baiman present a joint tour of the UK and Scotland in the spring of 2022, featuring solo sets from each as well as unique collaborations drawing on their respective original material. The tour touches down at The Met on 2nd June. Drever and Baiman are both heavily seeped in folk traditions, yet happily influenced by modern sounds. Together they present a complimentary and transatlantic take on roots music, with stunning vocal harmonies and instrumental prowess.

Dominie Hooper’s voice pushes forth a depth, darkness, and arresting honesty, as her songs dissect shame, sexuality, survival and identity with an ever-present sense of solidarity and optimism. Her sound draws from English folk, classical music, alt-rock, and avant-garde pop, defying easy categorisation, and pushing at the boundaries of standard folk and singer-songwriter. She will be performing at The Met on 3rd June.

The music of Manchester based pianist and singer-songwriter Ollie West has shifted dramatically since his formative years playing at open mic nights aged fourteen. Ten years of writing and performing has seen him work with multiple incarnations of his band that have included everything from solo gigs, a four piece rock and roll band right up to twenty four musicians on stage at one time. Ollie West and The Wildflowers will grace the stage at The Met on 9th June.



Jamie Blatchley’s radio show on Salford City Radio offers something for all tastes which that bodes well for some excellent entertainment for the future.