Louis Armstrong is reported to have once said that “All music is Folk music”. He could have been talking about The Met. From traditional to contemporary, English, celtic or international, Bury has become a place that live music fans know they can catch brilliant gigs from bands and artists who fall under the wide banner of ‘folk’.

Folk Music

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Karen Matheson

Karen Matheson is best known as the lead singer of internationally-renowned Celtic supergroup Capercaillie.

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The Houghton Weavers

The Houghton Weavers have been entertaining folk now for over forty three years with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation.

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Sam Carter

Sam Carter is a brilliant guitarist and songwriter who combines the observational with social comment and personal reflection.

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The Lindisfarne Story

The Lindisfarne Story is an affectionate and enthusiastic celebration of one of the UK's most original and successful groups.

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Marry Waterson and Emily Barker

Two critically acclaimed folk and roots artists collaborate on songwriting for the first time.

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The Askew Sisters

Rescheduled from March 8. Emily and Hazel Askew are known as two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music.

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The Good Lovelies

Canadian folk-pop featuring perfect harmonies and pure pop melodies.

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Bury Pride Rainbow Train

Join Bury Pride's first ever Rainbow Train on a trip from Bury to Rawtenstall and back. With music from Jess Kemp and Miss Vivienne Lynsey.

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Claire Hastings

Glasgow based folk-singer, songwriter and ukulele player Claire Hastings performs material from her much-awaited second album Those Who Roam, featuring songs under the theme of journeys.

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Grace Petrie

Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans.

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  • Fri 26 Apr 8:00 PM

Kirsty McGee

This event has been re-scheduled to October 17.

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Sam Sweeney The Unfinished Violin

Inspired by his violin, carved but never finished by Richard Howard in 1915, Sam Sweeney has created a live show and album of instrumental music inspired by the Great War.

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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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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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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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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 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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Còig

Nova Scotia's folk powerhouse Còig are one of today’s most exciting new north-american celtic groups.

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Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys

Gordie MacKeeman exemplifies the term natural showman. An ace fiddle player nicknamed “crazy legs” for his frenetic loose-limbed step- dancing, he just loves to perform.

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Harp and a Monkey

Award-winning Greater Manchester-based experimental folk and storytelling trio who specialise in poignant, humorous and melodic short stories about life, love and remembrance.

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Skipinnish

A unique and sublime mix of chart-topping, self-penned songs and powerful bagpipe, fiddle and accordion-led tune sets.

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Sharon Shannon and band with special guest Seckou Keita

The legendary Irish accordion maestro is joined Senegal's Seckou Keita for this special show at The Met.

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Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code is Scottish singer and songwriter Ross Wilson. He has been compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits.

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The Oldham Tinkers

A rare appearance from the Lancastrian folk legends; an evening of dry wit and song with lashings of humour to spare.

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Kirsty McGee

Somewhere between jazz, folk, gospel and Americana there is an area of music that doesn’t have a name. Kirsty McGee has spent the past fifteen years mapping this place.

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Turin Brakes Acoustic

The estimable London four-piece Turin Brakes comes to The Met as part of their UK Acoustic Tour.

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