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The Young'uns - The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff
Sunday April 8th, 2018 in aid of.......
The Grand, Clitheroe
Tickets 16
Tickets available from the venue by calling 01200-421599 or online via venue
We're working alongside The Grand in Clitheroe,
Root Music and MusicNet in supporting The Young’uns presentation, 'The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff'. This joyous folk trio will present a timely tale of a boy who walked out of poverty, a teenager who stood up to racism, a soldier who fought fascism and an old man who inspired a new generation. From the shadow of the Teesside shipyards, to the banks of the Thames. From Cable Street to the Spanish Civil War. Johnny Longstaff bore witness to some of the most defining moments of the early 20th century. Before he died, he recorded his story in words which were harrowing, hilarious, poignant, proud and ultimately uplifting. With their trademark harmony and humour, the Teesside trio present an urgent suite of songs interwoven with Johnny’s own voice and rare images to tell an amazing story.

“The harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. What’s not to like?” ★★★★★ The Guardian

“Exceptional songwriting - an album to match their formidable live reputation” ★★★★ MOJO

“Joyous folk music sung with stirring urgency – and when the humour crackles these songs skyrocket” ★★★★ The Guardian

“This Teesside trio have captured hearts - and awards - with a magic combination of lusty singing, memorable tunes and heart-on-sleeve songwriting. They are modern day troubadours of working people – it’s a role they play with absolute commitment and huge skill” ★★★★ Songlines

“This collection surely marks Sean Cooney’s arrival as one of the very best songwriters of the modern day - you can’t imagine a Best Original Song award list that doesn’t include Be The Man or Dark Water” - fRoots

“Hugely captivating – a brilliant folk act” – Stuart Maconie BBC 6 Music

“They are truly beloved on the folk scene. The whole album is moving and topical” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radios 2 & 6


An Evening with
Mary Gauthier
Monday May 14th
, 2018 in aid of.......
The Met, Bury
Tickets 17
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of 2.50)
Mary Gauthier's first nine albums presented extraordinary confessional songs, deeply personal, profoundly emotional pieces ranging from 'I Drink', a blunt accounting of addiction, to 'March 11, 1962', the day she was born — and relinquished to an orphanage — to 'Worthy', in which the singer finally understands she is deserving of love. Maybe that's where the confessional song cycle ends.
Being no stranger to pain or demons herself, Mary Gauthier has used songwriting to work through both addiction and childhood abandonment as an orphan. On her new album, 'Rifles & Rosary Beads', she has focused solely on the experiences of others. The songs featured on the record were all co-written as part of Songwriting With Soldiers, a non-profit program that facilitates retreats bringing professional songwriters together with wounded veterans and active duty military. Participants have shared that the experience of songwriting was life changing for them, some even said life saving. Mary returns to The Met to present these moving songs from her
tenth album and will be accompanied by Michele Gazich on violin.

No stranger to pain or demons herself, Mary Gauthier has used songwriting to work through both addiction and childhood abandonment as an orphan. On her new album, 'Rifles & Rosary Beads', she has focused solely on the experiences of others. The songs featured on the record were all co-written with wounded veterans and active duty military who say the experience of songwriting was life changing for them, some even said life saving. Mary returns to The Met to present these moving songs and will be accompanied by Michele Gazich on violin.



Heidi Talbot and John McCusker
Saturday June 2nd
, 2018 in aid of.......
The Met, Bury
Tickets 16
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of 2.50)
Two of folk music's most highly regarded and celebrated musicians, John McCusker and Heidi Talbot, are joining forces for the first time as a duo. 2018 will see Heidi and John celebrate their tenth year as musical partners with a new EP released in November on Under One Sky Records. John has produced Heidi's last three albums, they have both toured all over the globe in each others live bands but this will be the first time the pair collaborate exclusively as a duo. Between them they have shared the stage with among others - Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Alison Krauss, James Taylor, Teenage Fanclub, Graham Coxon, Eddi Reader, King Creosote, Tim O'Brien and Jerry Douglas.


Fred Eaglesmith
2016 in aid of Operation Smile

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Supported by ??

The Met, Bury
Tickets ??
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-761-2216 or online via venue (plus per transaction booking fee of 2.50)

The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
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Tickets available by visiting Jumbo Records, calling 0113-245-5570 or online here (plus booking fee and postal charge) or online at
See Tickets, WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of 1.45)

The Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tickets ?? Advance/?? Door
Tickets available from the See Tickets Box Office on 0871-220-0260 or online at See Tickets, Music Glue, WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of 1.60)  and Ticketline (plus per ticket booking fee of 1.60 and delivery charge)

The Lowry, Salford Quays
Tickets ??
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0843-208-6000
or online via venue (plus per ticket booking fee of 2.00)

Manchester Academy
Tickets ??
Tickets available from the Box Office on 0161-275-2930 or online at
Ticketline (plus per ticket booking fee of 1.75)

Fox Lane Sports and Social Club, Leyland
Tickets ?? Advance/?? Door
Tickets available by phone on 0161-761-2216
and online at The Met, Bury (plus per transaction booking fee of 2.50) or by phone on 0871-220-0260 and online at See Tickets, WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of 1.50)

Burnley Mechanics
Tickets ??
Tickets available from the Box Office on
01282-664400
or online via venue (plus per ticket booking fee of 2)

The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Tickets 18 Advance/20 Door
Tickets available by visiting Jumbo Records, calling 0113-245-5570 or online here (plus booking fee and postal charge) or online at See Tickets and WeGotTickets (plus per ticket booking fee of 1.80)

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