Big Whistle Festival 2017 begins

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Enjoy two amazing days of folk music at The Met’s Big Whistle Festival this weekend.
Today they’ve concerts from Peatbog Faeries and Drop The Floor. Tomorrow sees visits from Lankum (formerly Lynched), Skerryvore, Emma Sweeney, Calan, and Will Pound and Eddy Jay.
BIG WHISTLE FESTIVAL SPECIAL OFFER See every Big Whistle Festival 2017 concert (apart from the sold-out Ross and Ali) for just £49 (a saving of £35)!
Tickets are still available for all the weekend’s concerts (apart from Ross and Ali). Book online, by calling 0161 761 2216, or call in to The Met’s ticket office on Market Street in Bury.

Tonight’s events

Scotland’s amazing Peatbog Faeries headline tonight’s festivities. Don’t miss this amazing good-time band who mix Celtic folk with dance music!

Drop The Floor

Drop The Floor
Friday 5 May 7.30pm / £8
Drop The Floor are a dynamic multi instrumental and vocal quartet who are gaining an ever increasing following for their delivery of high energy Irish Music. This multi instrumental and vocal quartet have infectious enthusiasm and musicality both in session or on stage.

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Peatbog Faeries

Peatbog Faeries
Friday 5 May 9pm / £16
A phenomenal live experience, the Peatbog Faeries possess cast-iron party credentials second to none. Regularly selling out and attracting new fans, splicing jigs and reels with jazz, hip-hop, reggae, rave, Latin and African sounds, while cranking up the euphoria yet further with a stunning new light and laser show.

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Tomorrow’s events

Saturday’s headliners are multi-award winning Scottish folk-rock band Skerryvore and wonderfully mischievous Dublin’s four-piece Lankum!

Festival Saturday Offers

FULL SATURDAY TICKET See every concert on Saturday (apart from the sold-out Ross and Ali) for just £35 (a saving of £25)

SATURDAY EVENING TICKET See Calan and Skerryvore for just £18 (a saving of £8)

Emma Sweeney

Emma Sweeney
Saturday 6 May 12 noon / £8
Manchester-based Irish fiddler Emma Sweeney released her acclaimed debut album Pangea in 2013. Emma is a former Young Folk Award finalist and FATEA Tradition Award runner up.

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Lynched

Lankum (formerly Lynched)
Saturday 6 May 1.30pm / £16
Dublin folk miscreants Lankum (formerly Lynched) are a four-piece group who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material..

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Ross and Ali

Ross and Ali
Saturday 6 May 6pm / SOLD OUT!
Best duo winners at the 2017 BBC Folk Awards, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton are fast becoming one of the most popular duos on the folk scene.

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Calan

Calan
Saturday 6 May 7pm / £12
Calan bring together the remarkable talents of five young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach, they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.

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Will Pound and Eddy Jay

Will Pound and Eddy Jay
Saturday 6 May 8.15pm / £10
Will Pound is one of the finest harmonica players of his generation whose innovative style pushes the boundaries of his instrument and the folk genre. Eddy Jay is a real master of the accordion with the ability to turn it into an orchestra at his fingertips. Dynamic and exhilarating, together they create a sound and show like no other.

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Skerryvore

Skerryvore
Saturday 6 May 9.15pm / £14
Blazing bagpipes, fiddle and accordions, fused with funky rhythms and soul-gripping songs, Skerryvore are an award winning Scottish band creating a ‘trad-rock’ fusion for the twenty first century.

“Six of the best musical ambassadors Scotland could ever have wished for… a living, breathing, twelve legged party waiting to happen.” The Falkirk Herald, Scotland.

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They also have a full programme of sessions and music workshops featuring artists from the festival’s bands. Visit themet.biz/bigwhistle for full details.