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Monthly Folk Event updates from our Chairman

February 2024

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


The next guests at The Barlow, on 16 th February, will be Redmayne, supported by David Helme

Redmayne rode the crest of the late 60s Folk wave until the continual touring took its inevitable toll and the band split in 1976. Popular demand and general public nagging caused the group to reform in the middle 80s, but day jobs, age and family limited their appearances. Fast forward until the last few years, when the opportunities presented by retirement from those day jobs has brought them back to
perform. They are still the band they were and are very much not to be missed.

David Helme is a local singer whose excellent playing and thoughtful and sensitive arrangements have endeared him to those who attend our singaround, and we believe he deserves to be heard by a wider audience.

There will be no singaround at Folk at the Barlow on 1 March as it is Pantomime Season at the Barlow

The next one after that will be on 5 th April back at The Barlow.

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

Another local band out on the road in the near future will be MALpractice, who will be at the Irwell Works Brewery on 21 st February.
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 7pm. Hence, the next song session will be on 4 th March, and the next tune session is on 19 th February. Please note the new start time, necessitated by the pub’s revised opening hours.

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 21 st February, and again on the third Wednesday of each month thereafter.

We are delighted to announce that Swinton Folk Club are starting their series of concerts at their traditional home of the White Lion in Swinton. Their next guest, on 8 th March, will be Lynn Walton. Their concerts will be on the second Friday of each
month. Singarounds are each Monday night at 8pm.

Pete Ryder and Friends operate at Worsley Road Sports and Social Club, WorsleyRoad, Swinton M27 5WN. Their next concert, on 23 rd February will be The Dodgers, who are well known to regulars at Folk at The Barlow.

Our friends at Music for All now have a new favourite venue which has proved a raging success the last few months. St Josephs Community Club, Brinscall. They have got February Acoustic Cabaret booked in on Saturday 24 th  February with London trio of Trinity Laban Conservatoire musicians 'Once a Fig'.  This is Cello, Vocals and Viola and will be an interesting night to be sure!

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

16.2.24 Redmayne, supported by David Helme, The Barlow

19.2.24 Tune Session, White Horse, Edgworth
21.2.24 MALpractice at The Irwell Works Brewery, Irwell St.,

Ramsbottom BL0 9YQ

21.2.24 Folk Evening Masons’ Arms, Egerton
23.2.24 The Dodgers, at Pete Ryder and Friends, Worsley Rd., Sports

and Social Club, M27 5WN

24.2.24 Once a Fig at Acoustic Cabaret, St Josephs Community Club,


1.3.24 Folk at The Barlow Singaround FOR ONE TIME ONLY at St
James’s Church on Blackburn Road in Edgworth BL7 0PW.

4.3.24 Song Session, White Horse, Edgworth
8.3.24 Lynn Walton, Swinton Folk Club at White Lion, Manchester

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