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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Grace Petrie solo

Grace Petrie returns with her uniquely warm and witty take on life, love and politics.

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Daphne’s Flight

Daphne's Flight features five of the finest singer-songwriters of their generation.

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Kris Drever with special guest Rachel Baiman

Scottish folk star Kris Drever and Nashville-based Americana artist Rachel Baiman join forces. This show will feature solo sets from each as well as unique collaborations drawing on their respective original material.

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Dominie Hooper

Arrestingly honest songs dissecting shame, sexuality, survival and identity, pushing at the boundaries of standard folk and singer-songwriter fare.

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Emerging Showcase: Ollie West and The Wildflowers

June’s emerging artists showcase features Manchester singer-songwriter Ollie West and his band The Wildflowers.

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Chris Smither

Chris Smither is an original American songwriter and an electrifying guitarist whose music draws deeply from folk and blues, modern poets and philosophers.

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Tony McManus and Julia Toaspern

Breathtaking and beautiful twin guitar arrangements of traditional music.

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Luke Jackson

Award-winning singer-songwriter from Canterbury.

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The Outside Track

One of the best Celtic acts in the world. Blending fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, whistle and vocals with breathtaking vitality!

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Rowan Rheingans – Dispatches on the Red Dress

Dispatches on the Red Dress is an intimate and courageous solo show by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans.

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Martin Simpson

A guitarist of formidable talent, Martin Simpson is equally at home playing English or American traditional folk, blues, or his own original compositions.

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FARA

Four leading musicians at the forefront of today’s Scottish folk scene produce a fiery sound rooted strongly in their upbringing among the music of Orkney and Assynt.

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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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The Pitmen Poets

Featuring Lindisfarne singer and songwriter Billy Mitchell, Warhorse songman Bob Fox, Master of Tyneside song Benny Graham, and award-winning songwriter Jez Lowe.

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Tony Christie and Ranagri

Legendary singer Tony Christie (Is This The Way To Amarillo) joins forces with crossover folk band Ranagri for an evening of Irish song.

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Edwina Hayes

Edwina Hayes brings together English folk, Americana and the rich northern singer-songwriter tradition to create a sound that’s truly her own.

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The Sharon Shannon Trio

The legendary Irish accordion maestro returns to The Met with her trio.

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