Manchester Folk Festival is back with an extraordinary line-up of some of the very best performers in the UK, featuring a wide range of music from the traditional to the contemporary with English folk music at the forefront.
Highlights include: the hotly anticipated comeback tour from Spiers & Boden; Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band with the original trio joined by Sacha Trocher, Roger Flack, Edgelarks; and John Spiers; new four-piece supergroup The English Fiddle Ensemble; and the powerful, explorative sounds of Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, invoking the powerful, shamanic sounds of ancient Northumbria.
The festival also boasts some of the best singer-songwriters the UK currently has to offer. Luke Concannon, credited with being one of Ed Sheeran’s main inspirations, headlines at HOME with his first show for three years; California-born, and now Manchester based, singer-songwriter and musicians’ musician Jesca Hoop appears at the RNCM supported by rising stars The Magpies; Bristol born blues, soul and folk-influenced Lady Nade performs songs from her 2021 album release Willing; Radio 2 Folk Award winner Sam Carter performs music from his latest album Home Waters, recorded in a converted church in rural Northumberland; and Yorkshire’s O’Hooley & Tidow, whose Gentleman Jack was the theme tune for Sally Wainwright’s hugely popular drama, appear at HOME with a concert packed full of joyous music.
This year’s international partner for 2021 is Hungary and the festival is delighted to welcome international musicians; Muzsikás; Pengetős Trió; Ötödik Évszak; and Dalinda.
As well as the festival’s regular venues HOME and 02 Ritz, this year concerts also take place at the Royal Northern College of Music and the International Anthony Burgess Foundation.
The festival will also be hosting English Folk Expo’s 2021 Showcase, welcoming music industry representatives from the UK and across the world.
Audiences safety is always paramount and Covid safety procedures and rules will be adhered to by each of the venues.