Manchester Folk Festival is now in it’s second year, celebrating the best of English folk and acoustic roots music. It is an urban festival. A gathering of all kinds of folk.
The festival takes place in one area of the city over one weekend. HOME will beat the heart of the festival. Gorilla, The Ritz and Great Northern Warehouse also host gigs and you can get involved too, with workshops and sing-arounds nearby. It will have the spirit of a festival in a field, right in the core of the city. From true folk tradition to contemporary unions, protest songs to haunting ballads, the festival will present familiar names alongside exciting new voices. Contemporary folk straddles genres, embraces different cultures and absorbs new influences. With over 13 concerts, workshops and more, Manchester Folk Festival is dedicated to bringing you new discoveries and profiling the incredible range of music that the current English folk and acoustic scene has to offer. Manchester Folk Festival is the legacy of the successful Homegrown Festival in Bury.
The festival is produced by David Agnew, Artistic Director of The Met
and Head for the Hills Festival 2018
. Manchester Folk Festival works in collaboration with the music industry event English Folk Expo
. English Folk Expo is the music industry show-case for English folk, roots and acoustic music attracting around two hundred festival and venue representatives from across the world.
2018 artists include: This Is The Kit
, The Askew Sisters
, Beans on Toast
, Bird in the Belly
, Skinny Lister
, Gwyneth Glyn, Melrose Quartet
, Will Varley
, Lindisfarne Live
, Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band
, Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage, Alice Jones Music
, Blair Dunlop
, Lady Maisery
, The Wilson Family, Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
, Billy Bragg
, Dan Walsh Trio, Alaw, Rachael McShane
For more information on the festival please visit: manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk #McrFolk