The Big Whistle Festival returns for its 12th year: 11 & 12 May 2019

The Big Whistle Festival is a weekend of gigs, lessons and sessions featuring some of the biggest names in celtic-inspired folk music. And as the name suggests, there’s one simple instrument these events have in common: the humble tin whistle.

The whistle is a simple instrument, but its popularity keeps growing. Each year the Big Whistle Festival brings together virtuoso musicians to push the boundaries of what the whistle can do, as part of some of the most exciting live Folk bands around.

Working with Big Whistle Music, The Met is proud to host big gigs, intimate workshops and vibrant sessions for the 12th year here in Bury. Over the years we’ve built a friendly and loyal community of festival-goers who return each year from across the UK and Europe.

This year’s festival is one of the biggest yet, with two days packed with events, and even a taster gig for ticket holders in our favourite local pub on the Friday night. Inspired by years of talking to our audiences, this year’s Big Whistle Festival is a brilliant blend of big names, new talent and opportunities to meet, play and learn for folk fans of all ages and abilities.

We look forward to meeting you all again at Big Whistle Festival 2019. You can choose to join us for just one of our big gigs, like Flook or The Peatbog Faeries, or make a weekend of it and save 20% when you book for 3 or more events.

Festival Ticket Offer

Get 20% off tickets (including workshops) if you book for any three or more Big Whistle Festival concerts.

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African Tunes with Eliza Marshall

Workshop. Take an exotic break in the comfort of The Met, working on African tunes collected by Eliza that suit the characteristics of the whistle. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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Getting Started with Emma Sweeney

Workshop. Get started on one of the most simple yet endearing of all instruments – the old tin whistle. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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Nidd

Nidd are a trio of young musicians from Lancashire, Cumbria and Yorkshire. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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Ranagri

An electrifying mix of original virtuosic instrumentals, haunting melodies, vivid storytelling and their unique take on old and new folk songs. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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Michael Walsh: From Stockport to Asturias

In this interview with Phil Brown, Michael Walsh journeys from learning the whistle in the ’70s to his research on Asturian folk music. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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One Education Whistle Workshop

Workshop for ages 7-16. Learn about the whistle and other traditional instruments from the students of One Education Music. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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Steady Away Workshop with Emma Sweeney

Workshop. Accessible tunes to play with others. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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Drop the Floor

The band is steeped in the Irish tradition and exude an enthusiasm which is constantly shared by audience members wherever they perform. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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Talisk

Their career trajectory in the relatively short time they have been together has been nothing less than sensational. Acclaim commenced with the coveted BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2015. Part...

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Peatbog Faeries

A Peatbog Faeries gig is an unforgettable experience that invariably results in euphoric audience response. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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Big Whistle Festival Brunch

Breakfast chat, stories and music with a Peatbog Faeries legend; Peter Morrison. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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FARA with Steven Johnston and Catherine Ashcroft

Fara's music combines the unique fiddle tradition of the Orkney islands with contemporary and original songs and tunes. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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Workshop with Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter

Meet two of Scotland’s most impressive string musicians. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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Advanced Whistle with Brian Finnegan

Workshop. A world class whistle workshop with Flook’s Brian Finnegan. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter

Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of years and now they're back for Big Whistle Festival 2019!

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Luke Daniels’ Kaleidoscope Music Memes with Abel Selaocoe

In this first of four Kaleidoscope Music Memes shows Luke Daniels is joined by South African cellist Abel Selaocoe. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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Flook

Flook's music features precise acoustic grooves and soaring improvisation, all topped off with impeccable stage presentation. Part of Big Whistle Festival 2019.

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