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Friday, November 25, 2011

Big Whistle Festival Returns To Bury This February

The Met presents the fifth annual Big Whistle Festival on Friday 17 and 18 February 2012 featuring an amazing line up of musicians including Kan, Breabach, Ross Ainslie, Treacherous Orchestra.

This celebration of traditional music brings together talented folk artists and enthusiastic beginners of any age to learn, listen and dance the night away with a mixture of workshops and live music. Whether you’re a folkie, whistler or just a lover of fine music, this is a fantastic opportunity to get involved and create your own folk music through one of the most accessible instruments.


Kan kick off the festival in style. Front men with Flook and Lau, Brian Finnegan and Aidan O’Rourke, join forces with Ian Stephenson on guitar and Jim Goodwin on Drums to create an enthralling and beautiful new sound.


Saturday starts with a number of workshops followed by a gig from Scottish firebrands and Met regulars, Breabach at 1.30pm. The band’s innovative Celtic style shows a flare, excitement and diversity rarely seen from such a young group. Saturday evening starts with Salsa Celtica’s renowned piper, Ross Ainslie at 7pm. The Festival will close with Treacherous Orchestra, a turbo charged super group comprising some of Scotland’s finest young instrumentalists at 9pm.


The Big Whistle Festival isn’t just about watching great musicians, get involved with workshops from all the featured musicians and for any level from beginner to advanced to professional! There will also be interview sessions and music sessions with everyone invited to join in. Throughout the weekend there will be whistle makers and sellers on hand to inform and arm you with all the instruments you might need, as well as giving some expert advice.


Individual ticket prices vary. Festival tickets are £45. More information is available from themet.biz/bigwhistle Guarantee your place now by calling the ticket office on 0161 761 2216, or by visiting The Met’s website www.themet.biz