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Folk at the Barlow Folk at the Barlow (formerly Bromley Cross Folk Club) meets at The Barlow, Edgworth (between Bolton and Darwen). A singaround session is held from 8.00pm on the first Friday of the month, and a guest musician/singer, with support, on the third Friday.

This is the page for Folk at the Barlow (formerly Bromley Cross Folk Club), which meets at The Barlow, Edgworth (between Bolton and Darwen). The club meets twice every month, on the first and third Fridays. A singaround session is held from 8.00pm - 11.00pm on the first Friday of the month,to which all are welcome either to contribute or just listen. A donation of a pound or two is asked to cover

This is the page for Folk at the Barlow (formerly Bromley Cross Folk Club), which meets at The Barlow, Edgworth (between Bolton and Darwen). The club meets twice every month, on the first and third Fridays. A singaround session is held from 8.00pm - 11.00pm on the first Friday of the month,to which all are welcome either to contribute or just listen. A donation of a pound or two is asked to cover

09/08/2022

Especially with this Friday being the second of the month rather than the third, a reminder that this Friday, 12th August, is our annual ‘Showcase Concert'. This was an annual event held every August instead of a guest night before Covid 19 intervened, and this is intended to restart the show. There will be no guest artists, as such, but the music will be provided as short sets performed by our regular, resident musicians. There will be a small admission fee for which you will see some excellent musicianship from local artists. Many of those people who regularly perform at the singaround will be sharing their music at the Showcase, sometimes as you may have seen them before, and sometimes in new, or nearly new groupings.

04/08/2022

Just a wee reminder that tomorrow night is our singaround night 8.00pm - 11.00pm. All are welcome to come and sing a song, play a tune, or just listen. If you have never been before, entrance is free but we do pass the bowl around for donations towards the hire of the room, and there is a bar in the Reading Room.

Here's Mike's latest - hot off the press!Folk Column 21st JulyThe next singaround at The Barlow on Friday 5th August, st...
19/07/2022
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Here's Mike's latest - hot off the press!

Folk Column 21st July

The next singaround at The Barlow on Friday 5th August, starting at 8pm. As always, you are all welcome whether you want to sing, play or simply watch Vocals, guitar.

The week after that, on Friday 12th August, Folk at The Barlow will stage their ‘Showcase’ event. This was an annual event before Covid 19 intervened, and this is intended to restart the show. There will be no guest artists, as such, but the music will be provided as short sets performed by our regular, resident musicians. There will be a small admission fee for which you will see some excellent musicianship from local artists. Many of those people who regularly perform at the singaround will be sharing their music at the Showcase, sometimes as you may have seen them before, and sometimes in new, or nearly new groupings.

The 11th Edgworth Folk Festival will take place over the weekend of 7th, 8th and 9th October. We will carry much more detail about these latter two events over the next couple of editions. Guests this year include:

Close Quarters - A two, or sometimes three part vocal harmony band hailing from the Lake District

Marie Little - Famous Lanncashire singer now resident in the North East. This is a rare appearance for Marie in Lancashire and is not to be missed.

Wet the Tea - A multi instrument act with Traditional Irish Music roots, with many other influences

Pete & Barbara Snape - A much in demand duo who have played at the Festival and at the club to great acclaim

Demdike's Cat - Self penned songs and stories about the Pendle area. They’re sure to mention witches

Bandersnatch - Fabulous musicianship from local band

Matilda Trio - Vocal harmonies to die for

Scold’s Bridle - Fleetwood duo singing of the fishing and of life in a fishing town

Mikey Kenney - Fiddler with a very wide range of material

Steve Canavan - Topical and amusing views of life in Lancashire

Millstone Ceilidh Band - A great success last time they were here so we’ve asked them back

For details of these events, booking details and future events at Folk at the Barlow, please visit our website at www.folkatthebarlow.com

On 3rd August, Over Hulton Folk Club welcome two exceptional acts in the form of Steve Turner and Winter Wilson. Steve Turner, is a traditional and contemporary singer, concertina accompaniment, cittern, mandolin, banjo.

Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments.

Winter Wilson hit 2018 at full speed with the stunning new album “Far Off on the Horizon”, and a tour with folk rock legends Fairport Convention. Kip Winter and Dave Wilson bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, often hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with hilarious tales of life on the road.

More details from https://www.overhultonfolkclub.com

For fans of open mic style sessions, The Saggy Bottom Girls hold their events at the Masons’ Arms in Egerton. The next one is on the 20th July, and again on the third Wednesday of each month thereafter.

The Covid 19 situation continues to present challenges for Folk Club organisers and managers of other venues. We can only advise that you take all the precautions that are advised by the NHS, and that if possible, you check with venues before you travel.

If the live folk music on offer this month seems a bit sparse, it is because we are now into the festival season. It happens every year and will probably not pick up again until September. We will continue to spread the word on regular events, and anything else that crops up locally that may be of interest.

Jamie Blatchley’s radio show on Salford City Radio offers something for all tastes which that bodes well for some excellent entertainment for the future. http://www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=184

20.7.22 Folk Evening Masons’ Arms, Egerton

3.8.22 Steve Turner and Winter Wilson, Over Hulton Folk Club. Contact https://www.overhultonfolkclub.com

5.8.22 Singaround, Folk at The Barlow, Edgworth

12.8.22 Showcase Event, Folk at The Barlow, Edgworth

Have you missed live music, well why not come along and have a listen to the very talented individuals that attend our sessions, have a drink and a jolly good evening - you never know you may go away with a new favourite artist! - Oh and our normal singarounds are free to attend too.

A cracking night yesterday for Folk at the Barlow. Over 60 people came to enjoy Reg Meuross and local favourites Watch t...
16/07/2022

A cracking night yesterday for Folk at the Barlow. Over 60 people came to enjoy Reg Meuross and local favourites Watch the Wall, both acts on splendid form. We're having a rest in August so our next concert is on Friday 16th Sep with Guest Act JIB (that's Jim Mageean and Barrie & Ingrid Temple) with support from Tony Gibbons & Kate Bradbury.

Instead of a concert in August we will present our annual Summer Showcase where regular contributors to our monthly singarounds get to play a short slot. This year it's on Fri 12th Aug at 8pm. We'll post details of performers nearer the time.

Five Folk at the Barlow stalwarts spent a happy 2 hours earlier today entertaining the patrons of the Memory Cafe. Brian...
11/07/2022

Five Folk at the Barlow stalwarts spent a happy 2 hours earlier today entertaining the patrons of the Memory Cafe. Brian Frew, Nick Mallion, Ed McGurk, Brian McGuire and Martin Smith had a lovely time! Thanks to the organizers for inviting us and we hope to get a chance to do it all again :)

A Date For Your Diary
10/07/2022

A Date For Your Diary

Mike's latest!Folk Column 7th JulyThe next concert event at Folk at The Barlow is on 15th July, and features Reg Meuross...
04/07/2022
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Mike's latest!

Folk Column 7th July

The next concert event at Folk at The Barlow is on 15th July, and features Reg Meuross, supported by Watch the Wall. People may remember Reg Meuross from the excellent online concert he did for us in October 2020. Reg’s clever and imaginative lyrics have earned him the title of “Master Storyteller” (PennyBlack Music) and led Mike Harding (Mike Harding Folk Show) to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as “one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced”. Whether it’s a village hall or the Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Watch the Wall are Based in Edgworth, Lancashire, traditional folk and original material. Brian McGuire: vocals, guitar, mandola Kathy Mciver: Vocals, fiddle Nick Mallion: vocals and guitar.

The next singaround at The Barlow on Friday 5th August, starting at 8pm. As always, you are all welcome whether you want to sing, play or simply watch Vocals, guitar.

The week after that, on Friday 12th August, Folk at The Barlow will stage their ‘Showcase’ event. This was an annual event before Covid 19 intervened, and this is intended to restart the show. There will be no guest artists, as such, but the music will be provided as short sets performed by our regular, resident musicians. There will be a small admission fee for which you will see some excellent musicianship from local artists.

The 11th Edgworth Folk Festival will take place over the weekend of 7th, 8th and 9th October. We will carry much more detail about these latter two events over the next couple of editions. Guests this year include:

Close Quarters
A two, or sometimes three part vocal harmony band hailing from the Lake District
Marie Little

Famous Lancashire singer now resident in the North East. This is a rare appearance for Marie in Lancashire and is not to be missed.

Wet the Tea

A multi instrument act with Traditional Irish Music roots, with many other influences

Pete & Barbara Snape

A much in demand duo who have played at the Festival and at the club to great acclaim

Demdike's Cat

Self penned songs and stories about the Pendle area. They’re sure to mention witches

Bandersnatch

Fabulous musicianship from local band

Matilda Trio

Vocal harmonies to die for

Scold’s Bridle

Fleetwood duo singing of the fishing and of life in a fishing town

Mikey Kenney

Fiddler with a very wide range of material

Steve Canavan

Topical and amusing views of life in Lancashire

Millstone Ceilidh Band

A great success last time they were here so we’ve asked them back

For details of these events, booking details and future events at Folk at the Barlow, please visit our website at www.folkatthebarlow.com

Caffrey, McGurk, Madge, who gave an excellent concert at The Barlow last month, will be at Runcorn Folk Club on Monday 18/7/22 starting at 8:30pm

On 3rd August, Over Hulton Folk Club welcome two exceptional acts in the form of Steve Turner and Winter Wilson. Steve Turner, is a traditional and contemporary singer, concertina accompaniment, cittern, mandolin, banjo.
Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments.

Winter Wilson hit 2018 at full speed with the stunning new album “Far Off on the Horizon”, and a tour with folk rock legends Fairport Convention. Kip Winter and Dave Wilson bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, often hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with hilarious tales of life on the road.

More details from https://www.overhultonfolkclub.com

For fans of open mic style sessions, The Saggy Bottom Girls hold their events at the Masons’ Arms in Egerton. The next one is on the 20th July, and again on the third Wednesday of each month thereafter.

The Covid 19 situation continues to present challenges for Folk Club organisers and managers of other venues. We can only advise that you take all the precautions that are advised by the NHS, and that if possible, you check with venues before you travel.

The Outside Track’s marriage of Celtic music, song and dance has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music. Their blend of boundless energy and unmistakable joie de vivre has won them a large following around the globe. They can be seen at The Met on 7th July.

If the live folk music on offer this month seems a bit sparse, it is because we are now into the festival season. It happens every year and will probably not pick up again until September. We will continue to spread the word on regular events, and anything else that crops up locally that may be of interest.

Jamie Blatchley’s radio show on Salford City Radio offers something for all tastes which that bodes well for some excellent entertainment for the future. http://www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=184

7.7.22

Outside Track, The Met, Bury www.themet.biz

15.7.22

Reg Meuross supported by Watch the Wall, Folk at the Barlow www.folkatthebarlow.com

18.7.22

Caffrey, McGurk, Madge, Runcorn Golf Club, Clifton Road, Runcorn, WA7 4TD

20.7.22

Folk Evening Masons’ Arms, Egerton

3.8.22

Steve Turner and Winter Wilson, Over Hulton Folk Club. Contact https://www.overhultonfolkclub.com

5.8.22

Singaround, Folk at The Barlow, Edgworth

12.8.22

Showcase Event, Folk at The Barlow, Edgworth

Folk Music | Folkatthebarlow | Edgworth, Bolton, Lancashire. This is the website for Folk at the Barlow. Monthly concerts and singarounds at this Lancashire Folk Club

Coming to The Barlow, Edgworth on Friday 15th July at 8pm:  Folk At The Barlow are delighted to feature the excellent Re...
03/07/2022

Coming to The Barlow, Edgworth on Friday 15th July at 8pm: Folk At The Barlow are delighted to feature the excellent Reg Meuross, one of England's finest singer-songwriters. With his incisive lyrics set to a melodic backing, Reg is a prolific writer and will be performing songs old and new from his enviable back-catalogue. Support will be from local favourites Watch The Wall who will be playing their trademark blend of original material and traditional folk songs. Doors open at 7:30pm. The Reading Room bar will be open and tea / coffee are available in the Kitchen for a small donation. Tickets are a snip at £10 and will be available on the door but if you want to be sure of a seat simply email [email protected] to receive details of how to pay in. advance. Students are £5 and accompanied children are allowed in for free.

29/06/2022

July's first Friday of the month comes upon us very rapidly with it being this Friday, 1st July. A reminder that it will, therefore, be our monthly singaround this Friday. All are welcome to come and sing, play a tune, or just listen. We start at 8.00pm and finish by 11.00pm.

22/06/2022

We are all so saddened to hear of the passing of Dennis Cahill today. He was a pure gentleman a great musician and a unique character. We always had a great time when meeting up with Dennis and Martin Hayes on the road at festivals and concerts. He is a huge loss to the music world and all who knew him.
Condolences to his family and closest friends
R.I.P Dennis

17/06/2022

Mike's latest folk column for the local press:

Folk Column 23rd June

The next singaround at The Barlow on Friday 1st July, starting at 8pm. As always, you are all welcome whether you want to sing, play or simply watch.

The next concert event at Folk at The Barlow is on 15th July, and features Reg Meuross, supported by Watch the Wall. People may remember Reg Meuross from the excellent online concert he did for us in October 2020. Reg’s clever and imaginative lyrics have earned him the title of “Master Storyteller” (PennyBlack Music) and led Mike Harding (Mike Harding Folk Show) to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as “one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced”. Whether it’s a village hall or the Albert Hall, Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Watch the Wall are Based in Edgworth, Lancashire, traditional folk and original material. Brian McGuire: vocals, guitar, mandola Kathy Mciver: Vocals, fiddle Nick Mallion: Vocals, guitar.

The 11th Edgworth Folk Festival will take place over the weekend of 7th, 8th and 9th October. We will carry much more detail about these latter two events over the next couple of editions. Watch this space.

These plans are, of course, subject to any change the Government makes in relation to the pandemic. Our policy, until then, remains The Barlow’s policy, and this includes the wearing of masks. Recent, well publicised developments in the Government’s response to the virus suggest the wearing of masks is highly advisable. This means that if you leave your seat to go to the bar or use the facilities, you should wear a mask.

For details of these events, booking details and future events at Folk at the Barlow, please visit our website at www.folkatthebarlow.com

On 6th July, Over Hulton Folk Club welcome the brilliant Stanley Accrington. Stanley emerged from the dark days of the late 1970's and has been terrorising the cultural world ever since. He has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast rake of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and possibly anything. Apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has always been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further. He has performed hundreds of times at a wide range of events all over UK and occasionally beyond. Stanley has been performing all over UK and occasionally beyond at a wide variety of locations and events. He always tries to be both relevant and entertaining. (The pigeon-hole to put this stuff in is "miscellaneous-ish") http://www.stanleyaccrington.me.uk

More details from https://www.overhultonfolkclub.com

There will be no Open Mic session this month, but we are hopefull that new arrangements will be in place for July at a venue to be negotiated in the near future. However, excellent local Americana band, MALpractice will be at ‘Casked Ramsbottom’ on 24th June.

For fans of open mic style sessions, The Saggy Bottom Girls hold their events at the Masons’ Arms in Egerton. The next one is on the 20th July, and again on the third Wednesday of each month thereafter.

The Covid 19 situation continues to present challenges for Folk Club organisers and managers of other venues. We can only advise that you take all the precautions that are advised by the NHS, and that if possible, you check with venues before you travel.

Hailed by the late John Renbourn – who was no mean guitarist himself – as ‘the best Celtic guitarist in the world’ Tony McManus has been listed as one of the fifty transcendental guitarists of all time by Guitar Player magazine. While Tony is known as a soloist his frequent collaborations with diverse musicians have always been a significant part of his work. These now include Julia Toaspern, who is a multi-talented musician from Berlin who combines classical training on violin and voice with a wide interest in genres such as jazz, baroque and traditional music. You can see them at The Met, in Bury on 25th June. Tony and Julia’s twin guitar treatment of traditional music is unique and each supports the other in exploring the harmonic possibilities of these old, and sometimes not so old, tunes. Each flatpicks and fingerpicks at the highest level but always at the service of the tune rather than a display of technical prowess.

The Outside Track’s marriage of Celtic music, song and dance has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, and Cape Breton, its five members are united by a love of traditional music. Their blend of boundless energy and unmistakable joie de vivre has won them a large following around the globe. They can be seen at The Met on 7th July.

If the live folk music on offer this month seems a bit sparse, it is because we are now into the festival season. It happens every year and will probably not pick up again until September. We will continue to spread the word on regular events, and anything else that crops up locally that may be of interest.

Jamie Blatchley’s radio show on Salford City Radio offers something for all tastes which that bodes well for some excellent entertainment for the future. http://www.salfordcityradio.org/shows.php?id=184

24.6.22

MALpractice at Casked Ramsbottom, 9pm – 11pm

26.6.22

Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern, The Met, Bury www.themet.biz

1.7.22

Singaround, Folk at The Barlow, Edgworth

6.7.22

Stanley Accrington, Over Hulton Folk Club. Contact https://www.overhultonfolkclub.com

7.7.22

Fara, The Met, Bury www.themet.biz

15.7.22

Reg Meuross supported by Wath the Wall, Folk at the Barlow www.folkatthebarlow.com

20.7.22

Folk Evening Masons’ Arms, Egerton

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Lots of gigs this week! South London people come along to The cornerHOUSE Arts Centre in Tolworth/Surbiton tonight! Then: Weds: Philleigh Folk, Truro Thurs: Stratford Play House Fri: Folk at the Barlow, nr Bolton Sat: Nettleham Live, nr Lincoln Sun: East Riding Theatre, Beverley Tickets: https://www.grannysattic.org.uk/gigs [Image Description: Photo of Lewis, George, and Cohen walking along a pavement away from the camera. It's sunny, and they're all wearing white t-shirts, holding instrument cases and have rucksacks. There's some green trees and glass and concrete in the background.]
For all those of you who are into Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris’ Lost Words and Lost Spells and the Spell Songs music project based on them. I’m sure that not all of you look to see what’s on BBC Alba, the Scots Gaelic channel, but Spell Songs from The Celtic Connections festival was on last Friday when most would in any case be at the Wayward Jane guest night. If you are interested, you can get it on iPlayer and catch up on BBC Alba last Friday at 9.00pm - look for Cuirm @ Celtic Connections: Spell Songs.
We're going on tour this spring! We've got lots of great venues lined up and can't wait to get out and play for you all - let us know if you're coming along, looking forward to seeing you! Tickets/info via www.grannysattic.org.uk/gigs Thanks to Lucy Shields at Fancourt Music for putting this tour together! [Image Description: Tour poster for The Brickfields Spring Tour featuring a cute bird illustration, with a list of tour dates available via the link above.] Folk Weekend: Oxford Bristol Folk Festival Todmorden Folk Festival Calstock Arts Forest Arts Centre Ashcroft Arts Centre Hampshire Cultural Trust Colchester Arts Centre The Little Gaddesden Folk, Roots & Blues Club The Stables MK Chester Folk Festival Kitchen Garden Cafe Minchinhampton Folk Club Philleigh Folk Stratford Play House Folk at the Barlow
Thanks to all at Folk at the Barlow for showing us such a wonderful time tonight!
Hi Sorry to re address this but I had a time-waster mess me about. I'm not a Cittern player (Just a mediocre guitarist) I have been the organiser of Gregson Lane Folk Club - up in Lancashire since 1988. I am trying to sell this on behalf of the wife of a late colleague - who bought it back in the nineties and, looking at it, never actually played it. I really want it to go to someone who can play a cittern and appreciate the quality of this instrument. Fylde Arch Top Cittern 10 string GDGDG Pristine condition. Selling due to bereavement Instrument as new - includes case, leather strap, detachable Microvox instrument mic. Serial No 4041 made in 1995 - looks like it has never been played and has been thoroughly checked out by a renowned Lancashire Luthier prior to sale. Catalogue price of a new one is £2500 Collection only - please contact me if you want more info Selling for £1400 ovno
Lovely weekend and excellent performances all round - well done, and thank you, to the organisers and all who helped in any way or who performed. Video below of Mark Dowding and Sid Calderbank (aka Tacklers' Tales), performing their finale!
The excellent Skerryvore are making an appearance at Bury Met on Friday 19th November: https://themet.org.uk/event/skerryvore-2021/ A friend of mine has two tickets (in row H) that cannot now be used due to a clash of events. Available for face value of £19 each, contact me if you are interested.
It’s a privilege to open the Saturday Evening Concert of the Edgworth Festival. Our first gig since March 2020 Louise Rogan Great lineup too Folk at the Barlow https://www.folkatthebarlow.com/edgworth-folk-festival
This song celebrates Malala & Aziza, an Afghan girl who fights for the rights of displaced people in Afghanistan, as well as two heroes, male & female, of the fight against Ebola.
This Monday, 16 of August in the anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre, of 1819. This song tells the story of the Stalybridge Town Band, and their involvement in the events of the day.
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A nostalgic song of childhood days, and of a later visit with my then very young niece Laura Bell, to our Blackhill neighbour, Matron Susan McKinney, a legendary midwife at Corbridge. The slow worm was real, the only time I’ve ever seen one, the snakes imaginary - there to try to protect my sisters Eileen and Cecilia against sour apple tummy ache. The ’sedge’ was in fact a variegated grass under the apple tree. I can’t remember how many babies Susan told us she’d delivered, but it was an awful lot. The pigeon cree was behind Mr McKinney’s henhouse at 43 St Mary’s Crescent near the electric substation. We lived at no 41. Susan is the nurse on the on the right of the picture.
Hi, I have PM'd you regarding a ticket for tonight's concert.
Me and Freya Harbottle will be playing our FIRST EVER Zoom concert tonight for the lovely people at Folk at the Barlow. 🎫 TICKET INFO: here: https://www.folkatthebarlow.com // Harbottle and Jonas online concert - 8PM