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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Fairport Convention and Kan headline The Big Whistle Festival at The Met

The Met presents The Big Whistle Festival on Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 May, featuring headliners Fairport Convention, Kan, Merry Hell and The Nuala Kennedy Band.


The Big Whistle Festival presents a unique range of concerts, sessions and workshops from a mix of traditional and contemporary musicians. The festival opens on Thursday 22 May with Fairport Convention, who won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 having celebrated over four decades at the forefront of folk rock.


Friday evening sees Irish whistler and flautist Nuala Kennedy (pronounced New-la) playing alongside her band and multi-award winning fiddler and keyboardist Troy MacGillvray. The evening then comes to a lively finish with North Westerly heroes Merry Hell – the band formed from the ashes of 90s Wigan rabble-rousers The Tansads.


Saturday afternoon gigs feature Manchester fiddler Emma Sweeney, innovative young folk group The Outside Track and a new alliance from Last Night’s Fun and Back Of The Moon front men Chris Sherburn and Findlay Napier.


The weekend comes to a close with Kan – the combination of Brian Finnegan of Flook, Aidan O’Rourke of Lau, Ian Stephenson of Baltic Crossing and Halle percussionist Jim Goodwin. Together as Kan, the four create an enthralling and beautiful new sound.


Nestled between all these great concerts The Big Whistle Festival also offers artist-led whistle, fiddle and guitar workshops and intimate sessions throughout Saturday 24 May.


A special Big Whistle Festival Session Ale is being brewed by brand-new Bury brewery, Silver Street Brewing Company, and will be available throughout the weekend.


Weekend tickets for The Big Whistle Festival are £60, Friday and Saturday Tickets are £45 and Saturday Only tickets are £32. Individual concert and workshop prices vary. For full details and to book tickets visit www.themet.biz/bigwhistle or phone Ticket Office on 0161 761 2216.