International artists to visit Saddleworth for Folk Weekend

SADDLEWORTH FOLK Weekend is returning for the third year with more than 40 local, national and international artists at 60 events.

Lucy Ward

The events will take place on Friday, July 14 until Sunday, July 16, including concerts, singarounds, musical sessions, workshops and events tailored specifically for children and young people.

Workshops will include guitar, whistle, song and harmony singing and much more. Street entertainment will also be available provided by Saddleworth Morris men.

The main venue is the Uppermill Civic Hall where the Festival office, craft fair, larger concerts, café and bar will be based,

Smaller venues for the event across Uppermill include the Conservative Club, the Commercial Inn, Scona and The Cellarpot café.

Wilson McGladdery

There will also be the annual ‘Wars of the Roses’ at the Civic Hall on the Sunday morning, with Yorkshire and Lancashire teams battling each other through songs.

Ali O’Brien, the festival director, said: “The Saddleworth Folk Festival is one of the cheapest in the country, making it accessible to all.

“The popular event ‘Wars of the Roses’, which I dreamed up around 10 years ago, is a hilarious event where teams compete and it’s always a highlight.”

As always there will be local performers including the hilarious Stanley Accrington from Shaw, Mossley’s brilliant songwriter Pete Abbott (part of Other Roads) and Eliza P, Wilson McGladdery from Delph, Heather McNeill from Uppermill, and Dai Thomas, leading a Blues session.

National artists include maritime singers Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights, female duo Scolds Bridle, Copper Kettle and the 3Jayz from Yorkshire and Tony Portlock from the midlands, plus Bernard Cromarty and Grassroots from Lymm folk club.

And there will even be international performers including the dynamically talented Granny’s Attic, folk rock group Merry Hell, the “wall of sound” Wilson Family, Derbyshire’s Lucy Ward, and the superb Hayes Sisters.

Campsite Well-i-Hole Farm in Greenfield requires booking in advance for caravans and campervans. No booking required for tents. To book call 01457 834316.

Weekend tickets for the Festival cost £45, with concessions at £35, and free admission for under 16s. To get a weekend ticket call Ali O’Brien on 0161 624 3119 or get hold of a flyer and post it to 4 Wrigley Street, Scouthead, Saddleworth OL4 4AP with a cheque and stamped addressed envelope.

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