Monthly Folk Event updates from our Chairman

October 2022

The 11 th Edgworth Folk Festival
will take place over the weekend of 7 th , 8 th and 9 th October.

Close Quarters

A two, or sometimes three part vocal harmony band hailing from the Lake District

Marie Little

Famous Lancashire singer now resident in the North East. This is a rare appearance

for Marie in Lancashire and is not to be missed.

Wet the Tea

A multi instrument act with Traditional Irish Music roots, with many other influences

Pete & Barbara Snape

A much in demand duo who have played at the Festival and at the club to great

Demdike's Cat

Self penned songs and stories about the Pendle area.  They’re sure to mention witches

Fabulous musicianship from local band

Matilda Trio
Vocal harmonies to die for
Scold’s Bridle

Fleetwood duo singing of the fishing and of life in a fishing town
Gerry Ffrench and Yesterday’s Men

Gerry French is able to successfully bridge the gap between the deeply authentic
and the spirit of her locality, Gerry is truly a folk treasure, seamlessly partnering with
Yesterdays’ Men, whose songs of the seas and other traditional songs blend well.

Richard Moss

Richard is a powerful guitar player and a fine singer from Blackburn equally at ease
with folk, ragtime, blues and modern fingerstyle. He has a keen interest in the
traditional music of the Northwest of England singing songs by the Blackburn poets

of the 19th century and the 'Lancashire Burns' Edwin Waugh.

Nat Clare

A talented and challenging singer songwriter whose music often reflect local history.

Mikey Kenney

Fiddler with a very wide range of material
Steve Canavan

Topical and amusing views of life in Lancashire
Millstone Ceilidh Band

A great success last time they were here so we’ve asked them back


Our next guests at Folk at The Barlow on Friday 21 October will be the exciting young
band The Wildernesss Yet. The Wilderness Yet combines the acclaimed talents of
folksinger Rosie Hodgson, traditional fiddler Rowan Piggott, and guitarist-flautist
Philippe Barnes. Independently, they have earned audiences’ esteem as
consummate musicians; together, they weave an eclectic tapestry of traditional
and original songs and tunes; from a capella three-part harmonies to
luscious They will be supported by the excellent Mike Fairclough from Fleetwood.

The next singaround at The Barlow will be on Friday 4 th November, starting at 8pm.
As always, you are all welcome whether you want to sing, play or simply watch.
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.

Song:  first Monday of each month (3 Oct) ; Tunes: 3rd Monday (17 Oct) of each month at 8pm

On 5th October, Over Hulton Folk Club welcome Reg Meuross. If you enjoyed him in
July at The Barlow, here is another chance to see him in the North West.
More details from

FARA brings together four leading musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk
scene and will be appearing at The Met, in Bury on 6 th October. Kristan
Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price’s three fiddles combine with Rory
Matheson’s piano to produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among
the music of Orkney and Assynt. With self-penned tunes as well as stunning vocals;
and vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies, energetic fiddle playing and driving
piano, FARA’s audiences are in for an exciting show.

Chris While (vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bodhran and percussion) and Julie
Matthews (v
ocals, piano, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki) are stunning singers,
songwriters, musicians and performers whose energy and commitment to their craft
and their audience is boundless. They can be seen at The Met on 21 st October.With
more than twenty-five years of unrivalled musical partnership and gathering
numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, they celebrated a
quarter of a century last year as one of the best loved and most prolific female duos
to come out of this country.

Skipinnish are without a doubt one of Scotland’s most exciting exports. They will be
at The Met on 22 nd October, but I’m not sure how they will all fit on the stage! A long-
standing favourite on the Scottish folk scene, the release of their 2017 album The
Seventh Wave catapulted them to staggering new heights and brought the
widespread recognition their loyal following had long since known they deserved.
With hit after hit of self penned songs and a strong mix of powerful bagpipe, fiddle
and accordion led tune sets, they encompass the very best of traditional and
contemporary Scottish music. The boundless energy of their live shows coupled with
their wonderfully evocative songwriting continues to captivate audiences around the

The Pitmen Poets present a night of songs and stories laced with north-east humour
and humanity. Featuring Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy
Mitchell, Warhorse songman Bob Fox, Master of Tyneside song Benny
Graham, and award-winning songwriter Jez Lowe. This is a great show with
some excellent songs. They’re at The Met on 27 th October.

For fans of open mic style sessions, The Saggy Bottom Girls hold their events at the
Masons’ Arms in Egerton. Third Wednesday of each month