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Manchester Folk Festival

English Folk Goes Urban

Manchester Folk Festival is a major new annual festival ,which is taking place in Manchester City centre from 19th to 22nd October.

With a jam-packed programme of concerts , film, theatrical events, artists in conversation ,craft workshops and a singaround in one of Manchester's oldest pubs, this promises to be an incredible event, the purpose of which is to showcase the extraordinary breadth and depth of contemporary English folk and acoustic music.

Included among the incredible line-up of headlining acts are Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings, Afro Celt Sound System, Keston Cobblers' Club, The Young 'Uns , Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Stick in the Wheel and False Lights.

One unmissable event will be Kathryn Tickell and award-winning children's author David Almond ,together with Amy Thatcher , presenting an evening of stories ,songs and music inspired by and celebrating the language ,landscape, history and beauty of the North of England.

There will be a special film screening of "The Ballad of Shirley Collins" ,whilst In-Conversation events will feature The Young 'Uns with Colin Irwin and Tom Robinson with journalist John Robb. Tom will also be performing ,in concert, his classic album "Power in the Darkness".

These are just some of the highlights of what promises to be a marvellous festival. Further information can be found on the festival website at:

www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk.

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