Manchester Folk Festival 2021

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The Best of Folk at Home!

Over the past few months some of our favourite musicians have been keeping their spirits (and ours) up with live concerts from their locked down lives.

English Folk Expo have collated the very best of these performances over on their Lockdown Live page – click here to access.

Daoirí Farrell

If you enjoy these performances we urge you to like, follow and subscribe to the musician’s social media channels, mailing lists and streaming platforms and, if you are able to, we would encourage you to find ways to support your favourite musicians during lock-down by buying CDs and merchandise via their websites or contributing to any crowdfunder schemes or tip jars they may have.

Rochdale Folk Festival – 19th-21st March 2021

Left to right – Rosie Hood Trio, Jones & Jones: The Story and the Song, The Furrow Collective
If you don’t already know, our sister festival – Rochdale Folk Festival – will take place 19th – 21st March 2021. Acts already announced include The Furrow Collective, Rosie Hood Trio and Jones & Jones: The Story and the Song.

For tickets and more information head over to our dedicated Rochdale Folk Festival website here.

As well as ticketed gigs there will be free music in The Flying Horse and The Medicine Tap including gigs from Goat Roper Rodeo, The Scattering and Simon James.

We’ll also bring you music & song sessions, family activities and Morris dancing!

Get the dates in your diary and we hope to see you there!

Learn to Play from a Professional Folk Musician!

Did you know that some of the most amazing folk musicians in the world also offer private virtual one-to-one tuition?

English Folk Expo have collated a list of the very best teachers and performers who offer private online lessons including; Rowan Rheingans, Dan Walsh and Sam Sweeney.

For more details and to see the full list available, head over to the English Folk Expo page by clicking here.

Rowan Rheingans
Rowan Rheingans

Important Announcement – Manchester Folk Festival 2020

With great sadness we announce that Manchester Folk Festival will not take place this year.

This has been a tough decision for us, especially as our passion is to support the folk, roots and acoustic music industry which is already suffering so much as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our priority must be the health of our audiences, artists, staff, volunteers and partner organisations.

It may seem early to make this decision, but at the moment we do not know when social distancing measures in concert halls will be lifted. On top of that, we’re currently unable to put the gigs on sale for a number of reasons, including the closure of our partner venue box offices. Manchester Folk Festival relies on ticket sales to operate and, sadly, these two factors mean that we do not expect to be able to welcome enough audience members to make the festival financially viable for 2020.

We will be back! The festival will run in 2021 from 21st – 24th October. Please save the dates. We can’t wait to see you all there and we promise to bring you the absolute best the folk music world has to offer!

Until then, stay well and in the meantime our team will continue to bring you other events to enjoy.

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