Manchester Folk Festival 2022
An annual urban festival of English folk, roots & acoustic music.
Date13 October 2022 18:00 - 16 October 2022 01:00
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The centre of the action is at HOME which is very convenient for Deansgate/Castlefield tram stop, Deansgate and Oxford Road train stations, several 24hr car parks, and a good few hotels, so you can make a long weekend of it.
The festival opens on Thursday 13 October with The Magpie Arc and Lady Maisery, and Jim Ghedi is now joined by Joshua Burnell in HOME. In The Blues Kitchen, Grace Petrie’s show sees two fantastic support artists in Lucy Grubb and GUISE, while Impossible Theatre welcomes Rachael Dadd launching her new album, ‘Kaleidoscope’. In International Anthony Burgess Foundation we welcome English songsmith, Douglas Dare and The Jackie Oates Trio (“one of England's finest and most expressive traditional folk singers”–Tradfolk). Thursday’s Festival Club will close day one with rising North-West soul-folk artist John Dhali, fiddle player Frankie Archer, and country-rock outfit Treetop Flyers.
Friday sees Thea Gilmore headline in HOME, joined by Flo Perlin and Clare Sands. Stolen From God in HOME Theatre 2 is a narrated song-cycle by Reg Meuross about the SW of England’s involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade with Jali Fily Cissokho, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and Jaz Gayle. Later in Theatre 2, Moxie bring their own sound of an Irish tradition inspired by global and contemporary cultures.Impossible Theatre hosts Hollie Rogers and fusion upbeat danceable sounds from Me and My Friends. In International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Lucy Farrell (“Splendidly atmospheric”-fRoots) and Fiona Bevan (“Startling Odysseys” -The Guardian) headline their own intimate shows. Friday closes in the vibrant Festival Club with sets from Jacob & Drinkwater, Will Page (Noble Jacks) and The Carrivick Sisters.
Saturday afternoon includes an Irish celebration in HOME as Daoirí Farrell Trio is joined by the“mesmeric” Dani Larkin. David Gibb hosts his Family Jukebox in International Anthony Burgess Foundation and in HOME’s Theatre 2 The Alliance of Kashmiri Arts premieres Touchstone–a commissioned project seeing Lala Qadeer collaborating with Dan Walsh and Alistair Anderson. Saturday evening’s 02 Ritz show with Will Varley has escalated to what is guaranteed to be a legendary festival evening with the addition of innovative and fiery folk-rockers Holy Moly & The Crackers.In HOME’s Theatre 1, “face of the 2021 Sea shanty revival” The Longest Johns are joined by Ceitidh Mac (“transformative, progressive and mellow”) and Angeline Morrison.
In Theatre 2 The Drystones (“big bad beats for badass barn dancing”) and string accompanied Hannah Moule and the Moulettes bring their contemporary approaches to folk and traditional music. Saturday evening in International Anthony Burgess Foundation welcomes new folk project Pedlar // Russell and clarinet and piano ambient exploration by Group Listening.
Audiences can make a day or weekend of it by taking advantage of 15% off tickets when buying for 4 or more concerts via HOME’s box office. A very limited number Manchester Folk Festival passes are also still available to purchase. The pass give you access to all Manchester Folk Festival gigs happening between 13th & 15th Oct (T&Cs apply).
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