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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

24 Hour Folk-a-thon in aid of A Better Met

From 2pm on Saturday 21 March through to 2pm on Sunday 22 March Malt bar at The Met will host 24 hours of folk music to raise money for the Better Met campaign.


The event includes folk musicians and supporters from all over the North West who will provide entertainment for a whole 24 hours with no more than 3 minutes in between turns. So far there are a number of exciting artists already lined up and they include Findlay Napier (2.30pm), The Bailey Sisters (5.30pm), Nicola Beazley and Byrony Griffiths and Will Hampson (8.30pm) as well as a number of community choirs and workshops. Audiences can drop in, listen to the music and make a donation to the Better Met Fund.

A Better Met is our campaign to refurbish and improve the 165-year-old building that is our much-loved venue. The aim is to create an exciting and vibrant space for audiences and artists whilst retaining The Met’s unique character. For the past three years a lot of hard work has been going on behind-the-scenes to make this happen and so far 4.1 million has been raised of the 4.6 million needed to make this transformation happen. A number of events have taken place to raise the final £500, 000 but this is the most ambitious yet.

If you would like to perform at the fundraiser we would ask for a donation of £10 for 20 minute slot. Please email alice.shinkfield@themet.biz with the subject heading ‘24 hour folk-a-thon’ and a couple of lines about who you are and what you play, what times you would be available and, if you have it, a link to your work and we’ll be in touch.

So come and support A Better Met with 24 hours of singing, music and even a little bit of dancing.



Press Contact: Alice Shinkfield            alice.shinkfield@themet.biz

0161 761 9134


Notes to Editors

Findlay Napier

Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and a truly energised with a heart-warming zing. He made his name touring and recording with multi-award winning traditional Scottish folk band Back of the Moon. In his more recent projects Queen Anne’s Revenge and The Bar Room Mountaineers his song-writing took centre stage and was described by The Sunday Herald as ‘Genuine songcraft and wit.’ Findlay is also well known for hosting Celtic Connections’ Late Night Sessions and for his Hazy Recollections concert series which showcases the very best in new roots music.

The Bailey Sisters

The Bailey Sisters are three friends who enjoy making music together. Karen, Shelley and Aly have built up a repertoire of mainly traditional and early music, using close harmonies, guitar, fiddle and recorders.

Nicola Beazley

Nicola Beazley started learning the violin aged 7, and since then has been performing as a folk musician in many different guises across Europe. With her 6 peice band, Ceol Tire, Nicola has toured the Czech Republic, Germany and Ireland with their debut album ‘Aeroplane Seats’, and has also performed on BBC Radio Lancashire’s Folk show The Drift. Nicola also plays with a Newcastle based harp, dulcimer and fiddle trio, Speldosa, and alongside performing with Alex Cumming, Nicola has performed, called ceilidhs and taught at many of the big Folk Festivals and Folk Clubs.

Bryony Griffiths and Will Hampson

English fiddle player and singer Bryony Griffith and melodeon player and dancer Will Hampson have been performing together for almost 20 years.

Their partnership started in the acclaimed ceilidh band Bedlam in their early teens which took them all over the UK festivals and gave rise to the formation of the young Cotswold side, Dogrose. They later joined the celebrated Newcastle Kingsmen and have been key members of the award-winning Demon Barbers for the last ten years.