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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Flook and Treacherous Orchestra headline the Big Whistle Weekend in Bury

6 & 7 May 2016


With the humble tin whistle at its core, The Big Whistle Festival is a gathering of traditional and contemporary musicians for a weekend of groove-laden gigs, intimate concerts and workshops. Headlining the festival are internationally acclaimed Flook and eleven-strong folk big-band Treacherous Orchestra.


They are joined by Scottish folk band Barluath, Treacherous Orchestra’s Ross Ainslie with Ali Hutton, multi-instrumentalist Tim Edey, duo The Hut People and Yorkshire quartet Róisín Bán, along with a whole host of musical workshops including The Whistle and Me with Brian Finnegan.

Flook possess a high-octane blend of technical perfection. This adventurous ensemble takes you on an unforgettable musical journey that you just want to repeat time and time again. Enjoy the sound of the whistles and flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the great guitar-work of Ed Boyd and the brilliant bodhran of John Jo Kelly.


Treacherous Orchestra are a powerful force in Scottish music delivering epic, incendiary live performances night after night. On stage the players are hugely entertaining, mixing their original tunes up with theatrical anarchic rock attitude.


Barluath are a diverse and innovative Glasgow-based Scottish folk band, who embrace both the traditional and contemporary music of Scotland, Ireland and America. This multi-award winning band feature Scots and Gaelic song, fiddle, whistles, highland and border bagpipes, bouzouki, guitar and piano/keyboards


Nominated for Musician of the Year at the 2016 BBC Folk Awards, Ross Ainslie’s reputation as one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers continues to grow. His skill as a piper and whistler appears to know no bounds. Catch Ross with Ali Hutton, an outstanding multi instrumentalist, performer and producer with whom he shares an incredible musical rapport.


Award winner Tim Edey is a genius multi-instrumentalist and a virtuoso level guitar and melodeon player with a winning vocal repertoire too. He will be performing a new solo set of vocal and instrumental material.


English instrumental duo The Hut People have over the last 3 years proved to be one of the most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. Expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.


Róisín Bán are a Yorkshire based quartet taking the folk club and festival scene by storm. Be prepared for a fiery blend of instrumental and vocal material from Ireland with a few tunes thrown in from Brittany & Scotland and a range of folk songs from the British Isles.


An hour of music and chat The Whistle and Me with Brian Finnegan of Flook, explores his background, instrumental influences and musical passions.


Alongside the programme of concerts, the Big Whistle Festival hosts a range of workshops presented by festival artists designed to help beginners or advanced flute and whistle players progress and develop.

The Big Whistle Festival is promoted by The Met and Big Whistle Music. Part of The Met Presents season the festival will take place at The Elizabethan Suite, Bury whilst The Met undergoes refurbishment.


Tickets are on sale now with prices varying for each concert. For more information, tickets and to sign up for email newsletters go to http://themet.biz/bigwhistle/








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