FOLK MUSIC lovers will be in for a special treat when Saddleworth Folk Festival returns to the villages in July.
The festival is the weekend of July 15 -17, and there will be events from Friday evening until late on Sunday.
These will include a myriad of concerts, singaround, musicians sessions, workshops, presentations.
There will be opportunities to meet the artists and events just for children and young people (all with accredited SRB artists).
The main venue is Uppermill’s Civic Hall, housing the Festival Office, Cafe and Bar, events for young people, workshops, the Festival Craft Fair and larger concerts.
Smaller venues include Uppermill Conservative Club on the High Street, the Commercial Inn and Christy’s cafe bar.
And a fun event, Wars of the Roses, which Ali dreamed up ten years ago will be staged in the Civic Hall on Saturday afternoon.
Teams from Lancashire and Yorkshire do battle – in songs according to chosen topics – to win the coveted trophy.
Workshops will include fiddle, whistle, bodhran, song and harmony singing. Presentations will include the Manchester Ballads from Mark Dowding and Chris Harvey, and Tall Tailes (for children) from Pete Coe.
Street entertainment will be provided by numerous colourful morris teams, organised by Saddleworth Morris Men.
Headline artists this year include Pilgrims Way. Other Roads, the Wilson Family, the Hut People, Hissyfit, Scolds Bridle, Les Barker and our own Stanley Accrington.
Two local artists from Glossop, both outstanding musicians, are Brian Peters and Jamie Knowles.
There will be opportunities for local artists to perform at Open Mic sessions organised by Acoustic Eclectic and Fresh Folk, and changes for festival goers to participate.
And although there will be around 50 events over the weekend, organisers say it will remain one of the cheapest folk festivals in the country.
A weekend ticket is just £40, £30 for concessions, and free admission for under 16’s.
Tickets can be obtained by calling Ali O’Brien on: 0161 624 3119, or obtaining a flyer and sending it to: 4, Wrigley Street, Scouthead, Saddleworth OL4 4AP with a cheque and stamped addressed envelope.
As last year, the popular campsite is at Well-i-Hole Farm, Greenfield, OL3 7HY is available but advance booking is required for caravans and campervans – 01457 834316 – but not for tents.
During the weekend there will be an evening bar and a morning breakfast van. Information will be available on bus timetables.
For more information, visit the festival website: www.saddleworthfolkweekend.co.uk or call Ali O’Brien: 0161 624 3119