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12th Edgworth Folk Festival Fri 6 - Sun 8 Oct 23

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. We are pleased to announce that the 2022 Festival raised around £4000 for the Barlow. Thanks to everyone who made this possible.

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Artists appearing:

All@Sea Shanty Crew
Stanley Accrington
Corrie Shelley
Nick Dow
Mark Dowding
Tom Perry/Clive Brooks

Demdike's Cat


The Riot Band

Nick Mallion

LocTup Together

Sid Calderbank

Wet the Tea



Prices - Edgworth Festival is a  Charity Folk Event—all proceeds support The Barlow

Full Weekend Ticket only £45 

Friday evening : £10

Saturday day and evening : £30

Saturday daytime : £20

Saturday evening : £15

Sunday : £20


Email  or ring 07427613783

for a booking form. There are also online booking forms  at the bottom of this page, or you can download one here.

Need Camper Van parking? Ring 01257 233513

or 07713248067 before booking your tickets

Accommodation :

Camper vans spaces at or near the Barlow are limited, so please book this early. There are no tent the village. There is a Camping & Caravan Club site at

Park Fold Farm

Other accommodation is available at:

Quarlton Fold Farm
Meadow Croft Barn
Meadow Croft Farm b
Affetside b&b https://affetsidebedand ; 9
Red Lion, Hawkshaw
Strawbury Duck

Eleanor Hill (Folk Club Member)

Clough Head Farm : 9 self-catering chalets

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Stan Accrington


Sid Calderbank

Caffrey McGurk Madge

Nick Dow

Corrie Shelley

Mark Dowding

Tom Perry & Clive Brooks

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Tom Perry & Clive Brooks

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The Riot Band

Nick Mallion

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Nick Mallion

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LocTup Together

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Demdike's Cat



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Wet the Tea

LocTup Together

Chris Lock and Ian Tupling first met 27 years ago and have been on one long musical adventure ever since.

LocTup Together’s repertoire is quite varied and encompasses both traditional and contemporary songs, some self-penned and a few humorous ones thrown in for good measure, however, over the years they have developed a deep interest in and love of maritime songs in the broader sense, This has taken the form of mainly sea songs that tell stories, with the odd shanty thrown in.

It is this interest in maritime-themed songs that has taken them to festivals all over Europe.  They have performed in Poland, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Ireland, the Channel Islands,


All@Sea get such a buzz from singing together. They perform shanties and sea-songs with gusto and feeling and there will be choruses! as well as great harmonies. All@Sea have sung at festivals and events in Keswick, Oban, Arnside, Teignmouth and Staveley, so riverside, lakeside or seaside works for them.... or next to a bowling green..... in Edgworth..


Stanley Accrington

Stan emerged from the dark days of the late 1970's and has been terrorising the cultural world ever since. He has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast range of subjects. There are old-style songs on current   happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and possibly anything pertinent.  Apart from the silly and very silly material,    Stanley has always been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further.

Stanley has been performing all over UK and occasionally beyond at a wide variety of locations and events.

The pigeonhole to put this stuff into is "miscellaneous-ish"


Caffrey McGurk Madge

Nick Caffrey, Ed McGurk and Robin Madge have delighted audiences with their own take on traditional and contemporary folksong since becoming a trio. With their good humour and informed understanding of the song subjects, they instill their particular flare for harmony, fine musicianship, thoughtful arrangements and enthusiastic performance making each song a joy to hear. Their music been described as traditional, contemporary and self-penned song performed at its very best.


Corrie Shelley

Corrie is a folk singer-songwriter from Lancashire, who has  recently rediscovered the joy of songwriting and performing after a 30 year break. She now has he has  3 albums and an EP under her belt.  Her songs take us on a     journey of random thoughts, fuelled by copious cups of sweet 'builders' tea, which transport us to 17th century scenes of Lords and Peasant girls, 18th century pirate ships ‘The Whydah' which sank 300 yrs ago, into the 19th century covering wars, mining tragedies and affairs of the heart.

 nd not a minute too soon.

 Nick Dow

Nick is a great folk singer with a well-earned national reputation. He has performed at numerous folk clubs and festivals. Nick has an encyclopedic knowledge of traditional folk songs and material from the travelling community but this doesn’t confine his musical taste to that genre - he also has is own blues band. Nick was also a former presenter of BBC Radio Lancashire “The Drift” – our own regional folk programme. Nick is back on the folk scene after a number of year’s absence

 Mark Dowding

A stalwart of the Lancashire folk scene for many years, and a popular and regular performer at The Barlow, Mark is a fine singer and multi-instrumentalist on   guitar, banjo and concertina. He has recorded his own CDs and collaborated with many other performers to promote the rich heritage of music and songs of     Lancashire. His repertoire includes a wide range of traditional and contemporary songs,  featuring material from Harry Boardman and the Manchester Ballads, through classic songs from the Music Hall era to the seriously funny songs of Jake Thackeray.


Tom Perry & Clive Brooks

Tom & Clive have been performing together at folk clubs and festivals since 2011, and are well known for fine solo singing and performances with various other groups. Their repertoire, which is delivered a cappella, consists of traditional songs and contemporary pieces written in the traditional vein. Most of our songs have choruses and audiences are encouraged to join in.


Nick Mallion

One of Edgworth’s finest songwriters, as well as being an accomplished guitarist, researcher and story-teller. Nick is a member of the trio Watch the Wall, but is also a fine performer in his owm right. He has written some great songs which are being performed and recorded by other artists


The Riot Band

The Riot Band return for the festival ceilidh with their unique blend of Lancashire, English, Celtic and American folk dance music. Probably Lancashires most successful and enduring ceilidh band. Foot-stompingly good.

Sid Calderbank

A native speaker of the Lancashire dialect, Sid has been researching and collecting the songs, poems and stories of old Lancashire for many years, performing them at arts festivals, libraries, historical society meetings, Lancashire nights, folk clubs and more. He is an accomplished and entertaining performer, speaker, MC and caller, and of course a firm Edgworth Festival favourite.

Wet the Tea

Wet the tea are an amazing band of multi-instrumentalists with traditional Irish music roots together with many other influences. Blue grass, English folk, modern elements plus a few old gems combined with excellent musicianship make their music enjoyable, energetic and innovative. Vocals, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, cajon, bouzouki, flute, whistle, guitar, tenor guitar, banjo and bass.


Around in various guises since the 60s, this esteemed and established band of great musicians and singers is still as entertaining and inspiring as ever. They play a mix of modern and traditional folk, Americans and Blue Grass, all with a feel-good factor. A welcome return to Edgworth! Check out their albums The Loft Album ans On the Road Again. 

Demdike's Cat

Fantastic duo from the Pendle area with an appeal wider than folk, comprising the magnificent singing of Karin Grandal-Park and Ava Gardiner's lovely fiddle accompaniments. Edgworth was bowled over by these last year and they are returning by popular demand.

Order your Ticket Now - Pay by PayPal or Card

£45 plus £1.70 booking fee. Don't forget to book Camper van parking with Mike on 07713 248067 first please 

This is the form to use if you wish to pay online by PayPal or credit/debit card. You will need to do each ticket separately - sorry! It will accept all major credit and debit cards and PayPal itself. PayPal charges us, so there is a booking fee. If you wish to pay by bank transfer or cheque, please use the blue  form below. Any problems, email you need help selecting tickets or have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to assist you. Don't miss out on the chance to experience some of the best folk music around - get your tickets today!


Full Weekend £45 + £1.70 booking fee

Saturday Day & Evening £30 + £1.50 booking fee

Saturday Daytime £20 + £1.50 booking fee

Saturday Evening £15 + £1.50 booking fee

Friday Evening £10 + £1 booking fee

Sunday £20 + £1.40 booking fee

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By Cheque   :made payable to Folk at The Barlow and posted to Hoyle Dean Farm, Coal Pit Lane, Rossendale BB4 9SA with s.a.e if you want tickets through the post (otherwise I'll email them)

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Thanks for booking for Edgworth 2023!

Draft Concert Programme 

Edgworth Folk Festival – 6/10/23-8/10/23

7:30 – 6/10/22 - Friday Night Ceilidh – MC

7:30   -        11:00           Riot Band with caller Peter Crowther
8:30   -          8:50          Dance Spot - Leap To Your Feet
9:45   -        10:05          Song Spot – Locked Up Together


9:00 – 6/10/22 – Folk Club Session – Guest Spot


9:00   -        9:20            Guest spot - Locked Up Together
2:25 – 7/10/22- Saturday Afternoon Concert – MC Jamie Blatchley
1:15 to 2:10 Sound checks in reverse order of appearance.


2:30   -         3:15            Tom & Clive
3:20    -        4:05            Corrie Shelley

4:05    -       4:20            Interval      

4:20   -        5:05            Sid Calderbank

5:10    -        5:55            Redmayne

7:25 – 7/10/22 - Saturday Evening Concert – MC Helen Howard
6:15 to 7:15 Sound checks in reverse order of appearance.


7:30     -       8:15            All@Sea

8:20     -       9:05            Mark Dowding              

9:05     -       9:20            Interval
9:20     -       10:05          Stan Accrington
10:10   -       10:55          Wet The Tea


1:30 – 8/10/22- Sunday Afternoon Concert – MC Simon Blatchley

12:15 to 1:15 Sound checks in reverse order of appearance.


1:30   -           2:15               Demdike's Cat

2:20   -           3:05               Nick Dow                                                                                                               

3:05   -           3:20               Interval

3:20   -           4:05               Nick Mallion

4:10   -           4:55               Caffrey/McGurk/Madge

4:55   -           5:00               Finale

Here is the Full Festival Programme : 

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