More Artists Announced for Manchester Folk Festival 2023

20 April 2023

Today we announce more artists for this year’s Manchester Folk Festival – 19th to 21st October 2023.

Manchester Folk Festival is an urban multi-venue festival based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. The festival brings together a diverse range of artists who represent the broad definition of contemporary folk music. Discover the best new and established folk and acoustic music across a variety of Manchester’s iconic music venues. From intimate spaces to festival stages, there’s something for everyone.

Plan and enjoy your own festival line-up with a festival wristband. Gain full access to every gig from Thursday to Saturday, including the late-night festival bar, and workshops and sessions.
A limited number of Festival Wristbands are now on sale for £90 (+£7.20 booking fee).


Tickets for individual gigs will be available to buy from May.

Artists announced today are: Ríoghnach Connolly & Honeyfeet, Sam Lee, Martin Carthy & Jon Wilks, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Lady Nade, Bryony Griffith & Alice Jones, Ward Knútur Townes, Iona Lane, Rosie Hood Band, and Philippa Zawe.

Still residing as BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, Ríoghnach Connolly’s taste for musical adventure is eclectic. Along with her companion players, Honeyfeet, they collectively drive a broad terrain of musical textures from esoteric protest songs to foot-tapping and floor-thumping dance rhythms.

Martin Carthy: A Special Evening of Song & Conversation with Jon Wilks is an extra-special chance to hear master craftsman Martin Carthy perform and reminisce on his illustrious career in folk song to date, with musical interludes and conversation with his talented friend, musician and journalist, Jon Wilks (Tradfolk).

Americana Nominated Artist of The Year 2023 Lady Nade is continuing her rise as a multi-award winning eclectic Folk and Americana singer-songwriter. Her third album ‘Willing’ entered both the official Folk and Americana charts on its release. Her songs carry messages of love, loss, hope, relationships, friendships and the positive connection between music, well-being.

Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. He’s an acclaimed, award-winning inventive singer, a folksong collector, and conservationist. He won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, and was short-listed for a Mercury Music Prize. Sam was also named Artist of the Year at the 2016 Songlines Magazine Awards.

As established solo artists, Bryony & Alice are no strangers to the folk scene. As a powerful new duo, they have taken the folk scene by storm. Their debut duo album, ‘A Year Too Late and a Month Too Soon’, released in 2022, features interpretations of treasured old songs and has garnered 5 star reviews, and live radio performances including Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.



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