Martin Simpson

There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and “One Day”.

We couldn’t be more excited about having Martin join us for our 5th anniversary festival!

Colbalt Tales

Originally from Wigan and Sheffield Pat and Nuala are experienced singer songwriters, described as the U.K.’s Indigo Girls. Pat and Nuala first combined their musical talents in the highlands of Scotland, organising and performing at music events, festivals and gatherings. Pat and Nuala tour extensively throughout the U.K. often playing sell out gigs to their home crowds in Yorkshire, Lancashire and beyond.

Songs from the heart that stir the soul.

We’ll see Colbalt Tales in our Sunday evening concert.

New Venue

We have a new venue for our Sunday evening concert. The beautiful Fielden Centre has served us so well over the last few years, but in 2018 we had to admit we outgrew it. We couldn’t be happier with the new venue though – Todmorden Hippodrome Theatre!

She Shanties

This twelve piece women’s shanty crew not only make it obvious that they enjoy a good sing, but they do it ever so well with verve and enterprise. And that joy is conveyed to the audience in buckets!

She Shanties will be singing up a storm in St Mary’s Church in our Sunday afternoon concert.

Andy May Trio

Three award-winning musicians from Newcastle – Northumbrian piper Andy May (Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Baltic Crossing), guitarist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing) and fiddler Sophy Ball (422, Bottle Bank Band) – come together as the Andy May Trio to play high energy instrumental folk, inspired by the music of their native North East.

A typical performance might include traditional tunes from Northumberland, newly-composed material by all members of the band and an introduction to the pipes, all delivered with a warmth and humour which is sure to draw in both folk aficionados and newcomers alike for a dazzling show filled with virtuosity and energy.

St Marys on Sunday afternoon is where you’ll find this fantastic group.

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Manchester Folk Festival

Some Todmorden Folk Festival favourites around this weekend! Coven is made up of three previous festival headline acts and along with Melrose Quartet, they're all at Manchester Folk Festival. ... See more

An urban festival in the heart of the city. A gathering of all kinds of folk. From 18-21 October 2018 we bring music, singing, dancing, workshops, artists in conversation and more to Manchester city ... See more

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Janet Russell - Old Woman Is Watching

Just found this beautiful video from Janet Russell - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tySTutfbalg

From her album 'Gathering the Fragments,' which can be purchased from Harbourtown Records http://www.harbourtownrecords.com. Neither music nor images belong ...

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We're so excited to be making this fantastic theatre our new Sunday night concert venue for the brilliant Colbalt Tales and the incomparable Martin Simpson... Todmorden Hippodrome!

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