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Final Wave of Artists Announced for Manchester Folk Festival 2021

Today we announce the final wave of artists joining the line-up for this year’s festival.

On Thursday evening Luke Concannon plays his first UK show in over 3 years in HOME’s Theatre 2. Credited with being one of Ed Sheeran’s main inspirations, Luke performs ‘direct-from-the-heart’ songs with unrivalled passion and commitment.

Luke Concannon

Also on Thursday 21st October, West Yorkshire’s multi-instrumentalist and singer, Jack Rutter, plays a 60 minute intimate show at Anthony Burgess Foundation at 7.30pm.

Friday 22nd October sees The Last Inklings join the line-up as support for Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening. Earlier this week the band announced their debut album ‘The Impossible Wild’ which comes out on 1st October and is available for pre-sales here.

Below is the video from their second single from the album, ‘Sleeping Giant’.

Also on Friday, we are thrilled to welcome Harbottle & Jonas Trio for another intimate show in Anthony Burgess Foundation (one of 4 show here during the festival, the others being; Sam Carter, Lady Nade and Jack Rutter).

Harbottle & Jonas Trio

The Devon duo of Dave Harbottle and Freya Jonas have evolved a compelling live signature sound blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and cittern with their powerful close vocal harmonies. Touring their latest album, ‘The Beacon’, Cornish fiddle player Annie Baylis joins them to form the trio, weaving in her instrument and a third heavenly vocal.

Saturday afternoon (23rd October) sees BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning The Trials of Cato perform in Theatre 2 at HOME. Originally formed as a duo, the multi-talented instrumentalist and singer Polly Bolton has now joined 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 lock down.

The Trials of Cato

Opening for O’Hooley & Tidow on Saturday 23rd October we are pleased to announce two boundary-pushing artists; Lunatraktors – Margate’s ‘broken folk’ duo who rework traditional music with influences from post-punk, trip-hop and queer cabaret and John Kelly a musician and Disability and Human Rights Campaigner, whose songwriting contains all the compassion & conviction of Woody Guthrie and the fiery passion of Billy Bragg.

See the full line-up for this year’s Manchester Folk Festival here.

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