Full Line Up for MFF 2022 Announced!

15 July 2022

All shows now on sale!
More info and tickets available HERE

Want to get to know the artists? Check out our MFF 2022 Spotfiy Playlist

We strive to bring the very best in current folk and acoustic music, to present a rich mix of styles and artists who approach folk and storytelling from different perspectives. And we hope we’ve done just that!

Today we announcement a mix of traditional and contemporary artists including; Rachael DaddThe Jackie Oates TrioDouglas DareFiona Bevan and clarinet/ piano ambient experimentalists, Group Listening plus David Gibb brings his sell-out family show Family Jukebox to International Anthony Burgess Foundation on the afternoon of Saturday 15th October.

In HOME’s Theatre 2 we welcome two brand-new projects – one using folk and storytelling to revisit stories of social change and one centred around global cultural collaboration. Reg Meuross’ Stolen From God is a song cycle unfolding the history of England’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade and new commission, Touchstone, brings together traditional English and Kashmiri songs and tunes.

Following on from the success of 2021, we once again bring our Festival Club to the first-floor restaurant in HOME. Starting on the Thursday night and running from 11pm – 1am each night of the festival, the bustling club atmosphere is the perfect way to finish off your night at Manchester Folk Festival whilst being treated to three of England’s up-and-coming folk artists.

The festival opens on Thursday 13 October with The Magpie Arc and Lady MaiseryJim Ghedi is now joined by Joshua Burnell in HOME. In The Blues Kitchen, Grace Petrie’s show sees two fantastic support artists in Lucy Grubb and GUISE while Impossible Theatre welcomes Rachael Dadd launching her new album, ‘Kaleidoscope’. In International Anthony Burgess Foundation we welcome English songsmith, Douglas Dare and The Jackie Oates Trio (“one of England’s finest and most expressive traditional folk singers”– Tradfolk). Thursday’s Festival club will close day one with rising North-West soul-folk artist John Dhali and country-rock outfit Treetop Flyers.

Friday sees Thea Gilmore headline in HOME now joined by Flo Perlin and Clare SandsStolen From God in HOME Theatre 2 is a narrated song-cycle by Reg Meuross about the South West of England’s involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade with Jali Fily CissokhoCohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and Jaz Gayle. Later in Theatre 2, Moxie bring their own sound of an Irish tradition inspired by global and contemporary cultures. Impossible Theatre, a brand new venue for the festival this year, hosts Hollie Rogers and “fusion upbeat danceable sounds” from Me and My Friends. In International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Lucy Farrell (“Splendidly atmospheric” – fRoots) and Fiona Bevan (“Startling Odysseys” – The Guardian) headline their own intimate shows. Friday closes in the vibrant festival club with sets from Jacob & DrinkwaterWill Page (Noble Jacks) and The Carrivick Sisters.

Holy Moly & The Crackers join Will Varley in 02 Ritz on Sat 15th Oct

Saturday afternoon includes an Irish celebration in HOME as Daoirí Farrell Trio is joined by the “mesmeric” Dani Larkin. David Gibb hosts his Family Jukebox in International Anthony Burgess Foundation and in HOME’s Theatre 2 The Alliance of Kashmiri Arts premieres Touchstone – a commissioned project seeing Lala Qadeer collaborating with Dan Walsh and Alistair Anderson.

Saturday evening’s 02 Ritz show with Will Varley has escalated to what is guaranteed to be a legendary festival evening with the addition of innovative and fiery folk-rockers Holy Moly & The Crackers. In HOME’s Theatre 1, ‘face of the 2021 Sea shanty revival’ The Longest Johns are joined by Ceitidh Mac (“transformative, progressive and mellow”) and Angeline Morrison. In Theatre 2 The Drystones (“big bad beats for badass barn dancing”)
and string accompanied Hannah Moule and the Moulettes bring their contemporary approaches to folk and traditional music. Saturday evening in International Anthony Burgess Foundation welcomes new folk project Pedlar // Russell and clarinet and piano ambient exploration by Group Listening.

Audiences can make a day or weekend of it by taking advantage of 15% off tickets when buying for 4 or more concerts via HOME’s box office.

A very limited number Manchester Folk Festival passes are also still available to purchase. The pass gives you access to all Manchester Folk Festival gigs happening between 13th & 15th Oct (T&Cs apply).

Well if you actually read all of this and got to the end you deserve a treat! Go grab yourself a cuppa and biscuit to enjoy while you book your tickets….
We can’t wait to see you in October!


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