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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Unthanks, Seth Lakeman & Eliza Carthy headline The Met’s fourth annual Homegrown Folk Festival

The Met’s annual Homegrown Folk Festival, run in partnership with English Folk Expo, takes place from 15-17 October and features headliners The Unthanks, Seth Lakeman and Eliza Cathy and The Wayward Band. Other artists appearing include Oysters3, The Emily Portman Trio and False Lights along with Habadekuk, Rannok and Basco, artists from Homegrown’s first ever guest nation Denmark.

The festival is held in a number of venues in Bury town centre, from intimate venues such as the Studio at The Met to large atmospheric venues like the Castle Armoury Drill Hall. Due to the dramatic revival of and increased public and media interest in English folk music Homegrown has enjoyed large audiences since it’s inaugural year with many events in 2014 selling out fast.


Homegrown runs in partnership with the English Folk Expo, bringing over 100 music industry delegates to Bury to witness the high quality of folk music England has to offer.


Tickets for Homegrown are available now. For more information or to purchase tickets phone The Met’s box office on 0161 761 2216 or visit www.homegrownfestival.co.uk




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

0161 761 9134


Notes to Editors

Each concert features up to three artists, grouped together below accordingly.


Seth Lakeman/Habadekuk/Bella Hardy | Thursday 15 October 7.30pm | £22

Seth Lakeman is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has steered English folk music into the mainstream with high energy performances and a string of bestselling albums, including his current album Word of Mouth. Habadekuk are one of Denmark’s leading folk bands characterised by powerful horns, toe-tapping fiddle and contagious rhythms. Bella Hardy is one of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK.


Oysters3/Sam Carter/Maz O’Connor | Thursday 15 October 7.30pm | £16

Oysters3 are the three founding members of Oysterband performing an evening of acoustic music and telling some not entirely discreet stories. Since 2009 there has been mounting excitement around songwriter, guitarist and singer Sam Carter. Maz O’Connor is one of British folk’s rising stars with a rare talent for fusing traditional and contemporary sounds.


Sam Lee/Rannok | Thursday 15 October 8pm | £14

Since bursting onto the folk scene at the end of the noughties Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector. Danish band Rannok are known for their intense energy, unique interaction and thier new takes on traditional melodies.


Belshazzar’s Feast/Stick in the Wheel | Friday 16 October 8pm | £14

Belshazzar’s Feast’s wry sense of humour and amazing musicianship have stunned audiences all over the world. Stick in the Wheel are a raw and uncompromising London folk band.


Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band/King of the South Seas/Basco | Friday 16 October 7.30pm | £20

Innovative singer-songwriter and fiddle-player Eliza Carthy is joined on stage by The Wayward Band, a band bursting with some of the finest players in recent times; Kings of the South Seas create boundary crossing folk that merges folk, jazz, music hall and rock. Basco’s music is varied and full of nuance and beauty, they have captured the hearts and minds of audiences form all over Europe with their infectious energy.


Edward II/CoCo & The Butterfields/Habadekuk | Friday 16 October 7pm | Free

Free Homegrown event as part of the Bury Light Night celebrations featuring Habadekuk, Coco and the Butterfields and Edward II


David Gibb | Saturday 17 October 11am | £8

David Gibb is an award-winning songwriter and storyteller on a mission to make great music for children and families. The result is ‘Letters through your Door’ a fun and exciting album packed with toe-tapping, catchy numbers. Suitable for ages 3+.


Emily Portman Trio/Fay Hield & the Hurricane Party/Moore Moss Rutter | Saturday 17 October 1.30pm | £16

The Emily Portman Trio combine harp, fiddles, banjo, musical saw and concertina to create their inventive arrangements. Fay Hield’s rich voice fronts The Hurricane Party, a line up of some of the best folk musicians working today. Moore Moss Rutter meticulously rework English tunes and compositions into sets and songs.


False Lights/Keston Cobblers’ Club/Jess Morgan | Saturday 17 October 7.30pm | £15

False Lights have an ear-ringingly dynamic, blast-in-your-face indie attitude in the name of folk. They are an explosion of loud, electric, guitar-driven folk for the 21st century. Keston Cobblers Club’s mish-mash of accordion, guitar, banjo, piano, harmonica and mandolin will make you want to dance until your shoes wear out. Jess Morgan has been busy making a name for herself in contemporary indie-folk music with her bold and inventive songs.


The Unthanks/The Andy May Trio/Gren Bartley | Saturday 17 October 7.30pm | £22

Mercury nominated band, The Unthanks have established themselves as the most innovative and critically acclaimed English folk band in modern history. The Andy May Trio are an award winning Northumbrian piper, guitarist and fiddler. Gren Bartley is an exceptional songwriter and musician, who is creating something truly original in the underground folk scene.