Each October we bring a fantastic line-up of folk, roots and acoustic music to our Manchester Folk Festival hub venue, HOME, so we were thrilled when the asked us to curate a weekend for their brand-new outdoor stage HOMEGROUND this summer. On the weekend of 7th & 8th August we’ll bring a little taste of Manchester Folk Festival to the summer. Here’s who you can see over the weekend, and it’s all FREE!
If you would like to pre-book to guarantee a table at the HOMEGROUND stage you can do so HERE.
Some artists perform on the City Centre Stage based in St Anne’s Square.
To find out more about the HOMEGROUND summer programme click HERE.
Saturday 7th August
Danny Addision has just released his second four-track EP, Porcelain, drawing influences from classical, pop and folk music. His sound, combining lush string arrangements, intricate guitar work and intimate vocals, explores how life’s hurdles lead to the breakdown of egos, ideas and relationships and how the cracks that form are a painful but essential element in self-discovery.
Lizzy Hardingham is paving her way as a powerhouse performer with “beautifully delivered songs that sing straight to the heart”. 2019 saw her storm the UK folk club and festival scene, including Cambridge Folk Festival, while in 2020 she captivated online audiences with a voice that could fill a stadium and the sensitivity to bring a room to attentive silence.
Dominie Hooper is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and performer and a founding member of international folk ensemble Band of Burns. She has also explored crossovers between music and theatrical performance and has worked extensively in a cappella song-theatre, creating immersive and avant garde choral works. As a solo artist Dominie is currently developing her debut album of original, slightly weird, folk-inspired songs.
Birmingham singer-songwriter Katherine Priddy emerged in 2018 with her debut EP ‘Wolf’, which was named ‘the best thing I’ve heard all year’ by Richard Thompson. June 2021 saw the release of a long-anticipated debut album on Navigator Records, further cementing her reputation as an exciting new artist on the scene. Priddy’s original works are delivered with maturity, depth and tenderness.
Influenced by Sean-nós singing from a young age, Hannah Marie Donelon has used this sturdy grounding in storytelling and tradition to explore the complexities of the past, identity, home and, fan favourite, heartache. With a movement towards alt country, Appalachian vocals and a ‘‘melancholic electricity”, she performs both traditional ballads and her own material.
Mikey Kenney & Stuart Graham perform on Saturday & Sunday.
Mikey Kenney is a fiddle player and balladeer from Liverpool, whose playing is steeped in both English and Irish traditional music. A well travelled musician and a member of the Band of Burns, he has also worked with the likes of Vinicio Capossela (Italy), Dan Haywood’s New Hawks, Victor Herrero (Spain) & Josephine Foster (USA). He is an accomplished recording artist and producer, with his last two solo albums ‘the Reverie Road’ and ‘the Counsel of Owls’ both being rated 5/5 by fRoots magazine.
Stuart Graham is an Irish Bouzouki player and singer based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. At home accompanying an assortment of styles and genres, he’s become a go-to accompanist on the Leeds traditional scene. His most recent projects include work with Des Hurley of the Irish Arts Foundation, ‘Exploring The Musical Traditions of County Leitrim & County Fermanagh’. Stuart’s regular outfits include Root & Branch and the Wanton String Band, both of which allow his versatility and style to shine.
This collaborative performance sees Kenney and Graham come together to perform traditional fiddle music from their historic home counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Sunday 8th August
Quiet Houses are an Edinburgh born and Manchester based indie-folk duo made up of Hannah Elliott) and Jamie Stewart. After forming in early 2018, the pair started writing songs rooted in the wistful folk sound-world of Laura Marling and Belle & Sebastian and the quirky lyricism of indie songwriters Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile. Since releasing their debut EP ‘Armchair Tree’ in May 2019 the duo have been championed by Ryan Paul (BBC Introducing Manchester), Shell Zenner (Amazing Radio) Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) and BBC Introducing Scotland.
Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. They are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Since 2009 they have toured across the UK and Europe and been heralded for their lively performances, and delivery and selection of traditional songs.
Manchester based singer songwriter Izzie Walsh has a unique sound that blends country, bluegrass, folk and Americana. Izzie Walsh has built an impressive organic fanbase over the last couple of years. Not only does she have two BCMA Awards and an Indie Week UK award under her belt, but Izzie is also a former BBC Introducing Artist of the Week and has even performed on ITV’s Cold Feet.
Izzie Walsh has a vibrant touring history to date, with performances all across the UK and internationally. She has played sold out headline shows at venues such as Manchester’s Deaf Institute and London’s Slaughtered Lamb as well as co-headlining with the amazing Curse of Lono, and touring Australia with Buckle & Boots Festival. She is a festival regurlar and you’ll be sure to see her all over the festival line-ups again this year! Some of the highlights she has played to date include; Bluedot, The Long Road, Buckle & Boots, AmericanaFest UK and SummerTyne Americana Festival.
Chloe Foy writes a brand of melodic, homegrown music bursting with colourful lyrical and textural inflections evocative of much of the music she loves. Taking inspiration from classical music as much as wider transatlantic trends in folk and indie, Chloe’s songs comprise of carefully constructed arrangements that delicately compliment her cryptic lyrics. Her home-grown sound melds the silvery landscapes of Laura Marling and Fleet Foxes with the emotional integrity of Sharon Van Etten.
With her strikingly beautiful voice and emotionally direct songwriting, Chloe has captured the attention of rapidly growing UK and US audiences. With the release of her singles ‘Asylum’, ‘Flaws’, ‘Oh You Are Not Well’ and ‘In The Middle Of The Night’, she has earnt the praise and airtime of the likes of NPR Radio’s Bob Boilen and the BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq. In 2019 Chloe embarked on a successful UK headline tour before touring the EU and US in support of Jesca Hoop. To top off the year she was named a 2019 BBC Introducing “One To Watch” by Radio 3’s Late Junction.
The Trials of Cato – Formed in Beirut, the band returned to the UK in 2016 and set to performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Their debut album, Hide and Hair, gained attention in national publications, receives repeated national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, and won Best Album at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Following a year of wall-to-wall touring across the UK, Europe, and North America in 2019, the band’s march was halted by the live silence of the global pandemic. Now, they emerge from their chrysalis transformed. As ever, ‘The Trials Continue’ – but this time the multi-talented instrumentalist and singer Polly Bolton joins their ranks.
The Trials of Cato’s hotly anticipated second album is scheduled for release later this year. Entitled Gog Magog, the album is named both after the mythical giant of Arthurian legend and the Cambridgeshire hilltop, where the new album was birthed over lockdown.