Back in November we announced the first 6 artists for Manchester Folk Festival 21st – 23rd October 2021 and now we’re pleased to announce who will be joining Spiers & Boden, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, Jesca Hoop, John Bramwell & The Full Harmonic Convergence, The Gigspanner Big Band and O’Hooley & Tidow on this year’s line-up.
Thursday night sees shows in our festival hub venue, HOME, from , ‘the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene’ (The Guardian) and Bellowhead frontmen, Spiers & Boden as part of their much anticipated comeback tour after eight years away, Manchester’s very own Kabantu – the award-winning Manchester collective whose music bridge countries and cultures, and Lady Nade whose star continues to rise after her ‘Best Song’ nomination at this year’s UK Americana Awards whilst John Bramwell & The Full Harmonic Convergence – bring songs from his solo repertoire as well as some I am Kloot fan favourites to the 02 Ritz.
On Friday, as well as Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening and Jesca Hoop we’re thrilled to welcome The Breath – Manchester based Stuart McCallum and Ríoghnach Connolly bring us their contemporary take on alt-folk and are joined by special guests Hannah James and Toby Kuhn whose combination of accordion, cello and voice is described as ‘soulful, original and conversational’. And if ‘foot stomping’ is your thing then don’t miss Sheelanagig (also Friday at HOME) who’ll be putting their groove into traditional and original European Folk music.
Why not make Saturday a day of it? Start off in the afternoon with the previously mentioned Gigspanner Big Band or choose the critically acclaimed folk song interpreter and conservationist Sam Lee, who plays at a venue new to the festival this year – The Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). Then on Saturday evening at HOME see an early show from Banter whose music is rooted in English traditional folk music but incorporate influences of pop, jazz, soul and big band. And later on choose BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning duo, O’Hooley & Tidow or The English Fiddle Ensemble – a brand new band featuring four of England’s finest traditional fiddle players; Bryony Griffith, Jim Boyle, Ross Grant and Rosie Butler-Hall. Also on Saturday night, over at RNCM The Futureheads bring us their hotly anticipated acoustic /a cappella show.
With 15% off when you buy 4 Manchester Folk Festival tickets* it’s worth making a day of it.
And for those who want to stay up extra late, new this year is the ‘Festival Club’. Taking place in the first-floor restaurant at HOME from 11pm – 1am each night (Thurs, Fri, Sat) the Festival Club brings you 3 of the best emerging folk artists. Tickets for the Festival club are very limited and can only be booked in conjunction with another purchase for a Manchester Folk Festival ticket that day. Artists featuring in our very first Festival Club include: Good Habits, The Brothers Gillespie, Chris Elliott and Caitlin Jones, Tom Moore & Archie Moss, Granny’s Attic, Bryony Griffith & Alice Jones, Honey We Three and Ranagri.
Tickets are now on sale for all Manchester Folk Festival shows listed above and bookable via our ‘Whats On’ page here, with more artists to be added soon!
*Buy tickets for 4 separate Manchester Folk Festival events taking place between 21st and 23rd October 2021. Offer is only available on tickets booked through HOME’s box office – here.