The Liverpool Folk and Roots Festival was a welcome addition last year to the annual cycle of music events in Liverpool and Merseyside, and we’re happy to say it’s back for its second year.
Running from Saturday 13th to Saturday 20th, the festival describes itself as ‘a celebration of the history, social significance and abiding presence of folk music in Liverpool’. And who are we to disagree?
The programme below contains Americana, songs of the sea, the award-winning Chris Wood, the Everyman Folk Club, the Moonlight Garden Party at the Sefton Park Palm House, and traditional Irish music.
Full details, including any changes there might be between now and then, can be found at www.liverpoolfolkandroots.com
Sat 13th Nov
The Family Folk-Up presents…
An Evening of Traditional Irish Music
Skirm and Danny Cameron
Skirm (Seamus Curley) is a guitarist and mandola player with real presence and a voice that seems to contain all of Irish traditional and popular music, accompanied by Danny Cameron on button accordion leading the tunes.
Greta and Maev
Harp and Violin duo playing everything from Scandinavian and Celtic Music to modern folk.
Hosted by The Random Family, performing a very special set of traditional Irish music featuring special guest appearances.
At St Brides Church, Percy Street, Liverpool Doors 7pm Tickets £5 from www.wegottickets.com Bring your own drinks
Sun 14th Nov
The Family Folk-Up & Almanac Folk presents…
Moonlight Garden Party
An evening of the best in new North West folk music in one of Liverpool’s most beautiful and atmospheric venues.
Artists include Denis Jones, John Fairhurst, The Random Family, Lizzie Nunnery, Andy Hickie, performing amongst the found object sculptures of acclaimed Liverpool artist Mike Badger.
Liverpool Folk and Roots Festival is proud to be joined by Liverpool longest running folk club. Hosted by Hughie Jones (formerly of The Spinners) and the clubs many regulars, plus a very special guest to be announced.
At The Everyman Bistro (Third Room), Hope Street, Liverpool. 8:30pm start. Free entry – hat collection
Thurs 18th Nov
Liverpool Folk and Roots Festival presents…
Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the unofficial history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. His writing has been said to share the same timeless quality as Richard Thompson at his best. Singer of the Year and Best Album BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009
At The Bluecoat, School Lane. Liverpool. Doors 7:30pm Tickets £12/10 conc. from 0151 7025324 and www.thebluecoat.org.uk
Fri 19th Nov
Liverpool Folk and Roots Festival present…
Songs of the Sea
A special evening of sea shanties and songs inspired by the sea featuring…
Storm Along John
astounding harmonies from Liverpool’s world famous all-star shanty group
The Rough Island Band
songs of shipwreck and rescue from the Isles of Scilly
traditional tunes played on melodeon, concertina amongst and more
Dave Owen & Alan Wright
shanties and traditional tunes performed by this dynamic duo
Drawing the festival to a close, a very special celebratory night of Americana, Alt-Country and Bluegrass featuring The Sixteen Tonnes, The Loose Moose String Band, The Random Family and special guests…
At The Static Gallery, Roscoe Lane, Liverpool Doors 7pm Tickets £5 from www.wegottickets.com Bring your own drinks
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