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Monthly Folk Event updates from our Chairman

January 2023

Happy New Year from all of us at Folk at The Barlow. We have a great programme
of guests for the first half of 2023 and every prospect of a similarly excellent second
half of the year. Early planning has started for our Festival in October. Details of
what we have planned are available on our website, .
The next singaround at the Barlow will be on 6 th January and all are welcome
whether to sing, play or simply to listen.
The first guests of the new year will be Drop the Floor on 20 th January. Drop The
Floor officially formed in 2012, brought together by a shared love of traditional,
particularly Irish traditional music. In late 2011, the four friends took a trip to Co.
Clare as part of a larger collective of friends and musicians under the travelling name
“Banna Gan Ainm” (Band With No Name). An annual excuse for four days of music
and merriment on the West Coast of Ireland, it was during this trip that the seeds
were sown for putting a band together with a characteristically laid back formation .
Following a number of name changes, the band would eventually become Drop The
They will be supported by Karin Grandal – Park, who played an excellent set at
Edgworth Folk Festival in October. Her powerful, crystal clear voice is a vehicle for
her own excellent song writing.

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 Rose and Crown 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 Monday 6 th February
and the next tune session is on Monday 16 th January.

Louise and Chris Rogan - no strangers to the Barlow - are releasing an album of
their songs on February 1st the same day they are the guests of Over Hulton Folk
Club. The Father and Daughter duo have created quite a stir at Clubs and Festivals
alike. John Owen, Chair of Folk Northwest and Organiser of the Hungry Horse Folk
Club, described Louise’s voice as “unrivalled on the current folk scene”. Their album
“Things That Matter” is made up of twelve original and traditional songs arranged by
Louise and Chris. Over Hulton is a popular, local Folk Club in the Bolton area and
Louise and Chris hope that this will bring friends along. Tickets are available from the
Club’s website or they can be reserved on the
door (07841 288238).
The album of 12 songs is available to pre-order in all formats from January 8th on
Louise and Chris’ website

At The Met in Bury,19 th January sees them welcome Lauren Houseley and Nigel
Wearne. It was early 2019, in the bustling Arts Café in Montreal. English singer-
songwriter Lauren and Australian troubadour Nigel were both in town to showcase at
Folk Alliance International. Instantly hitting it off, Nigel and Lauren spoke about the
future of folk music, the similarities and differences of their respective hemispheres
and their mutual admiration of John Prine, all the while sharing their dry wit. After
reconnecting in New Orleans in early 2020, they’ve kept in touch and have been
scheming to join forces ever since.At the core of their craft is their mutual love of
storytelling. This special presentation sees intimate acoustic performances from
each artist, in a celebration of cross-continental connection. 
Details of all events at The Met can be found at

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 18 th January, and again on the third
Wednesday of each month thereafter.

6.1.23 Singaround, The Barlow
16.1.23 Tune Session, Rose and Crown, Edgworth
18.1.23 Folk Evening Masons’ Arms, Egerton
19.1.23 Laren Houseley and Nigel Wearne, The Met, Bury

20.1.23 Drop the Floor, supported by Karin Grandal-Park, Folk at the

6.2.23 Song Session, Rose and Crown, Edgworth

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