MESSAGE FROM THE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR – ALI
Hi everyone, and welcome back to the beautiful area of Saddleworth. If it’s your first time here, I hope it will be the first of many, as there’s so much to see and do here, plus the Folk Weekend isn’t the only festival. We have the Saddleworth Rushcart hosted by Saddleworth Morris Men, a Blues Festival, and the Yanks Weekend in August, to mention just a few – and of course the biggest event of the year, Whit Friday!!
This year Vivienne and I decided to ask local businesses if they could support us, and some actually did! We’re so grateful to them, and it reminds me to ask you to support local shops, cafes and pubs if you can. Also, please give what you can to the collection pots because I’m again running this weekend from my own funds – and I would love to do it all over again!!!!
We have some new venues this year, in addition to the usual ones i.e. Civic Hall, Tory Club and Commercial – the Cellarpot Cafe managed by Tony, and Emma’s Reclamation Room. Thank you so much again to the landlords and managers of the various venues – I hope you enjoy the weekend just as much as the festival-goers do. Thank you also to all the local people who put up with hundreds of people descending on your village many times through the summer.
Friday night will be quieter than the other days – just a singaround, musicians session, and Fresh Folk at a venue yet to be decided (at the time of writing this programme). Dean Ross is running this event again, and he will be showcasing young, new Manchester artists who need (and merit) our support.
There are a number of people I do need to thank, for without their help and support this Festival would not have been possible: my radio programme producer Bernard and Paul for providing the PA, my friend Vivienne who is Assistant Director, her son Dean who designed the brilliant flyer and programme cover, more good friends Sara and Helen who are running the Craft Fair, Tony Cutler for taking on the role of Chief Steward, Liam Reed who has managed the Festival website. Plus of course all the wonderful stewards, the King Bill staff, A Taste of Vintage, the crazy desk staff led by Kim, the MC’s, Civic Hall staff, the fantastic artists……..and YOU of course for coming here. I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and I’ll see you around the village.
SADDLEWORTH FOLK WEEKEND thank our SPONSORS, who include:
– Team Spirit
– Hartley Botanic
– Blush Boutique
– Cllr Pam Byrne, previously Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council
FESTIVAL WEEKEND INFORMATION
The Festival Campsite is at Well-i-Hole Farm, Greenfield OL3 7HY – leave Uppermill, drive past Greenfield railway station and turn right along Shaw Hall Bank Road. Follow the road for around 3/4 of a mile, and the campsite is on your left. Booking is required in advance for campers and caravans – call 01457 834316. This campsite is open all year round and is in a very picturesque spot with the Royal George pub just 50 yards away. A free minibus will be provided on Saturday night 9.00 – after midnight from the square in Uppermill to the campsite. To ride free passengers must display their festival wristbands. Passengers who do not have wristbands must pay £5 fare.
The Festival Office is in the foyer of the Civic Hall, and will be open from 10.00a.m. on Saturday till late evening, and on Sunday from 10.00 till late afternoon.
You will find our Festival Stewards at every venue / every event – my Chief Steward is the excellent Tony Cutler who many of you know. If you have any problems or queries please do not hesitate to approach him / them, and I know they will do their best to help. In the event of a fire they will ensure you have a safe exit from the building.
The Craft Fair will be open all day Saturday and Sunday, and is located in the downstairs area of the Civic Hall next to the Festival Cafe – it is being run by Sara and Helen, who have both been stallholders previously. Some of the stallholders will be demonstrating how they make their products. There will be a box in the Festival Office asking for contributions as entry to the Fair.
Artists CD’s will be on sale in the bar area of the Civic Hall – there will also be a CD stall inside the Craft Fair.
The Festival Cafe is situated in the downstairs area of the Civic Hall next to the Craft Fair, and will be open all day Saturday and Sunday – it will be run by Moor and Coast. The Festival Bar can be found out upstairs at the back of the concert room, and again will be run by the popular Moor and Coast. The Bar will be open during all events held in the concert hall.
There are several main Venues for the Festival – the Civic Hall which is at the top of Court Street in the centre of Uppermill village; the Conservative Club which is on the High Street next to Java Cafe Bar; the Commercial Inn which is also on High Street in the square, next to the Methodist Chapel. Reclamation Room and the Cellarpot Cafe will also be used as informal spaces for artists to perform in. Reclamamation Room is on the same street as the Civic Hall, and the Cellarpot Cafe is on the High Street, accessed by the shop upstairs. Muse will host Fresh Folk on Friday evening – a concert showcasing young, Manchester artists (please support them!!!) The Civic Hall is completely disability-friendly, but there are stairs to access upstairs rooms at the Tory Club and Commercial.
I HAVE BEEN ASKED TO STRESS THAT FESTIVAL GOERS SHOULD NOT TAKE THEIR OWN ALCOHOL INTO VENUES WHICH HAVE BARS – WE DON’T WANT TO LOSE THEIR GOODWILL.
Tickets for individual events will not be sold in advance except for the main concert on Saturday evening. We would ask that weekend ticket holders turn up well in advance for anything you particularly want to see, particularly Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon concerts. Please follow the unwritten rule of the folk world and wait outside the door until the artist has finished their number!!!
There are 2 chemists in the village – Well on the High St next door to Java, and Strachans on New St opposite the Chinese chippy.
There are 2 cash machines in Uppermill – one at the old Nat West Bank, and the other inside the Co-op.
SOUNDS OF FOLK radio programme is on Oldham Community Radio 99.7FM every Monday evening from 7.30 – 9.00. It is presented by the Festival Director Ali O’Brien, and produced by the Festival Sound Engineer Bernard Cromarty. Kimberley Ross is our new, young co-presenter. it is available online and also on catch-up, and we have a Facebook page which you are welcome to join. People listen to us from all over the world – please listen in one Monday and let us know where you’re from!
Slubbing Billy are a Yorkshire side who have danced in Saddleworth on many occasions previously. They’re a mixed North west Morris team with a reputation for colourful costumes and lively, entertaining dances. Most of the members live in and around the Colne Valley near Huddersfield and have different backgrounds, but all have a love tradition, good company, and the occasional pint of decent beer!!
Pete Abbott is a local singer / songwriter who will be performing rare solo spots at the festival this year. Formerly with the John Wright Band and now front man of the much acclaimed international folk band Other Roads, Pete spends much of the year touring in countries throughout Europe, and across to Australia and New Zealand. Pete is a highly regarded songwriter, his songs having been recorded by the likes of Anthony John Clarke, Flossie, and several overseas artists. From humble beginnings playing at singers nights at the Cross Keys folk club here in Uppermill, Pete has since become an international, professional artist, and I am delighted to welcome him back to Saddleworth Folk Weekend. He has also been a long time supporter of the Festival.
Heather McNeill lives in Uppermill and is a regular at many of the local folk clubs. For the last 2 years at the festival she has run the Cross Keys Folk Club session along with Jim Schofield (who runs the club, where Heather is a regular), but this year I’m delighted that Heather is performing solo in a number of events. Heather sings and plays guitar, but she is also an excellent songwriter.
Dai Thomas is a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist with an authentic blues sound which never fails to delight, increasing his following with every performance. A true enthusiast, he captivates his audiences with stories of the old bluesmen and women alongside brilliant interpretations of their songs, played on a fine collection of vintage instruments. Dai is always keen to encourage to encourage fellow blues enthusiasts to take the stage themselves and will be hosting the Acoustic Blues Session in the Commercial.
Granny’s Attic formed in 2009 as three students at secondary school with no better way to spend our lunchtimes than scrape a tune or two. Gradually the band became less about avoiding socialising with peers and more about actually playing music, and so Granny’s Attic premiered in 2010 at the prestigious Claines Church Fete. 2011 saw them release their debut EP Mind the Gap featuring a mix of traditional and original tunes. Around this time, they took their first forays into regular live performing, with early highlights including the first of many appearances at the Worcester Music Festival and a support spot for the legendary John Kirkpatrick at Worcester’s Huntingdon Hall. In 2013 they set their sights a little bit higher, and after playing at the Worcester Cathedral Teddy Bears’ Picnic, they began work on their first full length album (eventually released in spring of 2014 with the title Better Weather) featuring a mixture of traditional tunes and songs as well as some self-penned tunes. In the winter of 2015 / 16 they went to WildGoose Studios in Wherwell, Hampshire, to do some recording under the expert hands – and ears – of Doug Bailey, and Off The Land was released in August last year. In the years inbetween they took part on the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards, filmed with the BBC Hereford and Worcester, and performed at clubs and festivals across the country (including Cleckheaton where I first saw them last year!!)
Tony Portlock has a vast repertoire. Called on to accompany virtually anyone he is able to improvise. This leads to him being one of the best and most popular artists in the Midlands. his search for new and exciting sounds has led to collaboration with artists all over the country. Prolific both as a performer and recording artist Tony has a fine discography which covers a multitude of disciplines, and he will bringing CD’s to the festival of course!
Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights have been performing as a duo for some time, specialising in sea and maritime songs. Known as Shanty Jim for many years, his knowledge of sea songs, infectious enthusiasm and powerful singing made him the obvious choice to set up a Tyneside shanty group – The Keelers. When he lived in London her was resident at several folk clubs including the Herga, and he teamed up with the late Johnny Collins to create a formidable singing duo. Graeme’s involvement in music goes back over 20 years. For some time he was Director of Doncaster Folk Festival and he has been involved in the running of several folk clubs. He enjoyed a high profile as a member of the shanty group Landlocked although his repertoire is not confined to maritime songs but encompasses gospel songs, mining songs, drinking and music hall songs. Although Jim and Graeme had performed together many times over the years, they officially started singing together in 2002 at Whitby Folk Week in the Endeavour pub’s shanty sessions. They were mostly known in association with the great Johnny Collins, and like him they specialise in unaccompanied chorus singing. (You won’t be able to not join in with them!!)
Lucy Ward is an award-winning singer songwriter from Derby who plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. In 2009 she reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award, and in 2010 she won the Horizon Award for Best Newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2014 she was nominated for Folk Singer of the year at the same awards, making Lucy one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for this acclaimed award. As well as her own music Lucy has written for both film and theatre, and has been involved with many, varied projects, plus producing 3 CD’s.
Izzie Walsh is a singer songwriter from Manchester who has performed across the north west along with her Americana band. They have taken Manchester venues and turned them into Tennessee front porches. Last year Izzie performed in the Fresh Folk event at the festival and was so popular and well-received that she was asked to contribute to the main festival.
Thursday’s Child was born on a Monday August bank Holiday in 2009, and are Christine, Ken and Heather. Crispy (Chris Pyam) and Ken (Punshon) got together in 2009 at Maddy Prior’s singing workshops at Stones Barn, to write and sing songs, so that’s what they do. Heather (Dunn) joined them in 2013, during the creation of their 3rd album, to create additional harmonies, and is usually the percussion section of the group. They occasionally go out to do gigs, and to date have released 3 albums; they enjoy creating and singing songs and have even supported Lady Maisery at the met. Saddleworth welcomes Thursday’s Child from Bury for their first visit here.
Grassroots are folk singer / songwriter / musicians, otherwise known as Janice Bell and Mick Hare. They are residents at both Lymm folk club and Sale folk club, and are extremely popular wherever they go.
Sharron & Andy sing wherever they go!! Ali first knew them back in the late 80′ when they were all dancing with Mossley Rose and Clog Mixed Morris side. They were already singing – Sharron leading and Andy accompanying with guitar. They have led folk club sessions across the Oldham area, currently at the Dog and Partridge on Roundthorn Road in Oldham every Tuesday evening – you’ll get a huge welcome if you turn up there!
Merry Hell are welcomed on their 1st visit to Saddleworth festival, although Ali has interviewed them on Sounds of Folk. They are a band founded on the ever-evolving folk tradition, music made by the people and shared by the people. Though their hearts and souls are tuned to the songs and tunes which came before them, they bring us new words and music forged from their own experiences, from the lows and loves of their lives. Their art is energy and their hope is unity. Their pleasure is to please: let the audience be the acid test, and let the music speak for itself……..
Wilson McGladdery are a very local duo as they live in Saddleworth, and can often be seen supporting various local charities by performing their music. They are Gaynor Wilson and Paul McGladdery. Gaynor is a singer / songwriter originally from Ashton, and plays both violin and piano, although she is best known as a singer with a powerful stage presence that commands the full attention of her audience. Paul is a singer / songwriter / guitarist known for his prolific songwriting encompassing a variety of styles and influences from folk to country to classic pop. They met through fellow musicians and decided to join forces to enhance their reputations and audiences they had developed.
The Hayes Sisters are a sibling acoustic trio from Greater Manchester with 3 guitars, 3 voices, a banjo and a focus on close familial harmonies. As teenagers they played in many local folk clubs, breaking to go further afield to study in: teaching, nursing and acting (you may have seen Jen in The Office, Coronation Street, The Bill, Emmerdale, and recently in the BBC epic serial ‘Dickensian’ as Mrs Cratchitt), before having families. Forward 20 years……..they decide to “have another go”. Spotted by the hugely talented Clive Gregson, the Hayes Sisters soon had a producer and a debut album in the making. Their influences come from the traditional music of England and Ireland they grew up listening to, and songs where harmonies and vocals dominate. The Hayes Sisters debut album “Another Man’s Shoes” is produced by Clive Gregson and John Wood (best known for his work with Fairport Convention, Cat Stevens and Sandy Denny), and features the awesome talents of Andy Dinan, Andy Seward, Fiona Lander, Simon Whitbread plus Clive himself (Clive now lives in Uppermill part of the year, and is well known in this area). They’re playing at gigs and festivals around the NW – recent appearances include the Bury Met, Midway folk club, Blackthorn and Headlander Festivals and Stockort Plaza. I’m delighted they’ve come to our Weekend.
Saddleworth Consort is a chamber choir that specialises in unaccompanied material ranging from madrigals to 20th century folk songs. the group began life in the late 60’s with 8 members drawn from Saddleworth and the surrounding area. Although none of the founder members remain, to consort continues to be made up of keen amateur singers from the local area. We are proud of our long association and look forward to this, our first performance at the Saddleworth Folk Weekend.
Ken Hall is known throughout the country for his commitment to supporting singarounds and singing weekend – often around his local area in Whitby. He is involved in numerous festivals across the North leading singarounds or acting as an MC for the various concerts.
Eliza P and the Disco Misfits – the lovely Eliza P and her band the Disco Misfits have more than enough energy between them. They are singers, musicians, circus performers, and also campaigners for human rights. Their circus is the Oopsadaisy Circus which is here this year, in the park on Saturday afternoon.
Dylan Owen is a well established and much-loved musician on the North West folk / acoustic music scene. His songs are quirky, intelligent, daft, moving, poignant, angry, silly, and sometimes just plain surreal. Described as the “Bard of Oswaldtwistle”, his music is unique and spans a wide range of style – from traditional folk ballads, to bluegrass and ragtime influenced ditties. His distinctive poetry lyrical style often verges on the edge of rap. Rap for Folkies!! (Ali says “don’t miss the Poems and Pints session in the Commercial along with Jim Saville”)
Jim Saville has many strings to his bow. He’s on the committee for Cleckheaton Folk Festival, regularly writes / reviews articles for local folk magazines, and is a well-respected poet. Along with Dylan Owen he will be presenting Poems and Pints with Dylan Owen in the Commercial.
FOLKUS, led by Alan Bell, previously Director of Fylde Folk Festival, is the Folk Arts Network of North West. FOLKUS will be presenting 3 workshops at the Festival – Bodhran with Fred Rose, Advanced Whistle also with Fred Rose, and Guitar with Graham Moss.
Copper Kettle appeared at every Saddleworth Folk Festival. Michael Forsyth is a singer / songwriter from Mirfield, West Yorkshire. His songs will take you on a journey, through thought provoking ballads to reminders of past events, backed by gentle acoustic guitar work. Appearing with Michael this year will be Dennis Jorgensen, a guitarist from Cramlington, Northumbria. Together they will be performing songs taken from Michael’s Scrapbook ‘Along Life’s Road’.
John Thrall – the Seahorse Folk Club in York was the starting point for him at the age of 16. John has sung traditional and contemporary material specialising in sea songs and shanties in clubs and festivals all over the UK. After meeting up with the shanty Crew Landlocked in Lancaster, John sand with them for many years, then when they disbanded he joined Zeke Deighton as Two Old Buoys, and latterly the Owd Chyvers. Recently he started singing solo again, but in 2014 joined John and Jay Rennie to form the 3Jayz.
3Jayz are so named ‘cos all their Christian names begin with a J – Joy Rennie, John Rennie and John Thrall. John Thrall has performed with Landlocked, Two Old Buoys and The Owd Chyvers. John Rennie sang for many years with The Endeavour Shanty Men. John and Joy Rennie have sung together as Dogwatch since 2000. In 2014 they all decided to do some singing together, and having found they enjoyed it, gave themselves a name and sang at a few festivals. While at Towersey festival they also performed on BBC Oxford Radio.
Ade the Face-Painting Fairy as seen on CBeebies, will he here in Saddleworth around the Craft Fair. She is a very experienced face painter offering an infinite number of designs from beautiful princesses and fluttery butterflies with lots of sparkle and glitter to green monsters and ferocious tigers. Find her at the Festival and she will “paint on a smile”. (Ali says “I bet she will want to paint my face again this year!!”)
Dogwatch are folk duo John and Joy Rennie who play loads of tunes and sings loads of songs, some of which are traditional, some made up of wonderful poetry set to music by Joy, and a few that are all their own. John plays English concertina, Joy melodeon, recorder and digital piano. They sing lots of songs about the usual folkie subjects e.g. soldiers and milkmaids, but their main love is songs of the sea. Since 2000 they’ve appeared at various festivals – home and abroad – and lots of folk clubs.
Sid Calderbank, Lancashire’s foremost collector, interpreter and performer of dialect songs, stores and poems returns to Saddleworth to lead the Lancashire team in the War of the Roses!!!
Saddleworth Morris Men – in 1974 Peter Ashworth sought the recollections of older residents about the original Rushcarts. With the information obtained he formed the present day Morris Men who revived the Rushcart in 1975, and along with the Folk Festival and Whit Friday has long been a highlight in the Saddleworth calendar. This year’s Rushcart will be their 40th, with Eddie Worrall as their Squire. The Rushcart Festival flourishes, going from strength to strength – the Festival wished them a happy and dry weekend!
Maureen and Joe will be your hosts for some of the weekend singarounds, and Joe will be doing some MCing. The couple are truly veterans of Festival singarounds, having run them at Darlington, Holmfirth, Cleckheaton, Fylde, Cleethorpes, Four Fools, Warwick, plus the Song and Ale weekends in Helmsley and Whittlebury. They invite you all to call into one of their singarounds and give them a song!
The Wilson Family consist of sister Pat and brothers Tom, Chris, Mike, Steve and Ken. They still record and release the odd album every now and again, and they still sing wonderful traditionally orientated songs in unaccompanied harmony – and it’s wonderful!! They all like to have a bit of a laugh and to wash it all down with a natter and a few pints of beer – that’s all really!
Stanley Accrington 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 rake 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. 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 pigeon-hole to put this stuff in is “miscellaneous”.
This year Stanley will also be performing as part of the hilarious Doc Harvey and the Philistanz in the main concert on Saturday evening. The other two artists in this weird set up are Chris Harvey and Phil Brown. Doctor Theophratus Cicero Artaxerxes Polyphemus Harvey is a world expert on the lost songs of Lancashire. Years of painful research in places such as Stalmine Reading Room, the CWS cafe in Horwich , and the Queen and Ferret in Oswaldtwistle have yielded many previously lost gems on subjects such as Burnley’s favourite drink, extinct brass bands, and the Tottington Trout-Tickling Dance. he brings these astonishing relics to life with his minions Philip Philistanz (brass, whistle, vocals etc), and the non-related Stanley Philistanz (guitar, vocals, fool etc.)
Scolds Bridle – Sue Bousfield and Liz Moore have been playing music together as Scolds Bridle for more than 30 years. Their considerable talents combine to create entertainment at its highest level. Superb harmonies, dynamic presentation, quality performance and refreshingly different. Scolds Bridle are a breath of fresh air. standing ovation, The Hut People are rapidly gaining more and more of reputation as one of the hottest & most
Dave Howdon is an MC and performer with many years experience. He has been part of the folk scene for more years than he cares to admit and still enjoys it as much as he did in the beginning. Son Of A Gun – the duo comprises two grizzled survivors of the folk revival of the late 60s and early 70s. They are: Dave Howdon – who hails from, on the banks of the Tyne, the noble town of Gateshead. He speaks Geordie and has been know to utter a few sentences in English. The banks are now safe since he gave up the day job. and Kevin Hall – he fell out of the cliffs at sunny Saltburn by the Sea, along with many other prehistoric fossils. Dave and Kevin have sung together and apart for many years, with Boomalot, the Ironopolis Singers, Yorkshire Coble and others, and have appeared at festivals and clubs around their native North East, and anywhere else where the beer is cheap. Both draw on a repertoire of sea-songs, shanties, forebitters and work-songs from the English, American and Caribbean traditions, as well as a vast range of other songs both contemporary and traditional. Two distinct personalities and two distinct voices. They have occasionally been known to sing the correct words to the right tune . “Well I’ll be a son of a gun!!”
Mark Dowding and Chris Harvey have collaborated on several musical projects over the years including songs of Railway History, Lancashire songs that Harry Boardman sang in his heyday and “Manchester Ballads” that is based on a book of the same name compiled by Roy Palmer and Harry Boardman. This year they will be presenting Lost Days of Steam.
Mark and Chris are both stalwarts of the local and national folk scene – Mark has been playing since his schooldays in the 1970s either on his own or with others, Chris has been involved mainly with Strawhead for 40 years, but his musical expertise has been used in other groups including The Mrs Ackroyd Band which still performs.
Alan Cox and Ann Clancy will be returning as last year’s victors in the hotly fought Wars of the Roses. Both have been involved in folk music for longer than they care to remember, and have always been great supporters of the Saddleworth Festival weekend. They have been involved in organising other festivals – Holmfirth, Shepley and Whitby – and can always be seen and heard in singaround.
Dance Entertainment has been organised by one of the Saddleworth Morris Team (cheers Eddie), and the teams include:
Saddleworth Morris Men and Slubbing Billy
We welcome them all to the Festival, and congratulate Eddie Worrall for his promotion to Squire of the national Morris Ring. They will all be performing in the Park area on Saturday afternoon.
The Free Radicals present Peterloo: Soldiers on the Rampage. The Free Radicals are Geoff Higginbottom, Martin Gittins and Bob Ashworth. Geoff is a full time professional musician and musical agent with a vast range of experience working throughout the country; he also undertakes TV work on a regular basis. Bob has spent a lifetime as an amateur musician and actor working in folk clubs, theatres, youth groups and schools, and is a prolific writer of songs, poetry and other forms of literature. Martin worked with colleagues on many musical productions at primary and secondary levels, and also ran two long-standing folk clubs in the Greater Manchester area.
What is Peterloo about? On a sunny morning in August 1819 a mass of humanity 60,000 stron met in a peaceful protect on St Peter’s Fields in Manchester. The Manchester Magistrates, unwilling to believe the peaceful intentions of this vast crowd, ordered the Yeoman Cavalry to disperse the gathering, the result becoming known as The Peterloo Massacre. This musical presentation traces the stories of those involved, the weavers, the magistrates and the soldiers themselves from the growing unrest caused by the infamous Corn Laws to the aftermath, the retribution and the self-incrimination that followed.
CROSS KEYS FOLK CLUB SESSION
The Cross Keys Inn, Uppermill has hosted a Folk Club for over 40 years on a Wednesday evening. For the last 23 years it has been run by Jim Schofield. In addition, local singers/performers and visitors have also met on a Sunday evening for an informal singaround.
The session at the Festival weekend in the Commercial Inn will be hosted by Jim Schofield, local singer/song writer Heather McNeill and John Kavanagh. It will include floor spots by club members and also provide festival visitors with the opportunity to sing/play or recite. Come and join us
These will take place:
- Lost Days of Steam (Mark Dowding and Chris Harvey) – Tory Club
- Peterloo: Soldiers on the Rampage (Martin Gittins, Bob Ashworth and Geoff Higginbottom) – Civic Hall
- Edwin Waugh – Lancashire’s Burns (Sid Calderbank and Saddleworth Consort) – Civic Hall
- Poems and Pints with Dylan Owen and Jim Saville – Commercial
- Blues Session with Dai Thomas – Commercial
These will mainly take place in the Council Chamber, lower ground floor in the Civic Hall.
- Fred Rose FOLKUS Bodhran workshop
- Fred Rose FOLKUS Advanced Whistle workshop
- Graham Moss FOLKUS Guitar workshop
- Kimberley Ross Harmony workshop
- John Courtman Beginners Whistle workshop
WARS OF THE ROSES
This event, which will take place in the large concert hall, will see Yorkshire and Lancashire teams battle for a much-coveted trophy. Teams have to perform songs which are selected from a variety of categories. The results are hilarious!!!
Yorkshire Team – Alan and Ann Cox, Wilson Family, Wilson McGladdery and ANOther
Lancashire Team – Sid Calderbank, Mark Dowding, Stanley Accrington and Scolds Bridle.
May the best team win!!!!
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
Adam, this is on a separate email, but I would like to add the following at the bottom of it:
I hope you’ve had a great weekend, and that you have a safe journey home. Many thanks for coming,