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Friday, May 10, 2013

English Folk Festival Homegrown Returns for 2013

The Met is pleased to announce the second Homegrown festival showcasing the finest English folk on the 17, 18 and 19 October 2013, featuring Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, Jim Moray, and folk supergroup The Full English.


The festival kicks off on Thursday 17 October when BBC Radio 2 Folk Show’s Mark Radcliffe presents an introduction to English folk featuring performances from Olivia Chaney and Chris Wood. Homegrown will also feature O’Hooley and Tidow, Martha Tilston, The Urban Folk Quartet, Bella Hardy, Jackie Oates, Sam Carter and a host of rising folk stars.


Building on the 2012 festival, Homegrown is expanding to become an international expo of English folk, akin to Scotland’s Celic Connections, inviting delegates from across the globe to come and experience the high quality of folk artists England has to offer. The weekend will also include performances across Bury town centre for the three days.


David Agnew, Director of The Met comments: “We are immensely proud to host Homegrown as a showcase and festival of the finest in English folk. At a time when venues are being asked to be innovative, develop activity with economic impact and work internationally, Bury is working on a global stage at the heart of a growing English folk scene. The added bonus is that we have four days of hugely exciting music across venues of different styles and sizes which will delight audiences from throughout the UK too.”


Since the late 1990s English folk music has experienced a dramatic revival, matched by a rise in public and media interest, and fuelled by a significant increase in the number of UK festivals, the establishment of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and the launch of a folk and traditional music degree at Newcastle University.


Tickets for all performances will be on sale from Friday 10 May and are individually priced. For more information or to book go to www.themet.biz/homegrown or phone The Met on 0161 761 2216.