During the first May bank holiday weekend, a celebration of folk arts is happening a short train journey away from the city. Todmorden Folk Festival returns for its fourth year, offering a packed schedule of traditional folk, Americana, and world music as well as clog, sword and Morris dancing. Held over 15 venues in the town, it’s easily navigable to catch a variety of live performances. A ceilidh kicks things off on Friday night with a local folk band providing the music and calling the dances for those that need reminding when to do-si-do. There is also an Irish trad session and a trio of folk performers happening across Todmorden. Saturday brings a packed schedule of performances, highlights include traditional melodeon and fiddle music, early music, banjo Americana, and an a cappella band with barbershop singing. Sunday sees more events featuring a folk artist previously a support for Van Morrison, an activist folk singer songwriter, a folk duo with cinematic soundscapes and Irish fiddle. There is a Saturday craft fair alongside the festival cafe and many Todmodern eateries to keep the festival goer going. The programme is a showcase of quality and is worth scouring to pick your way through a fantastic festival in the picturesque setting of Todmorden.

Fri 4-Sun 6 May, venues across Todmorden, full adult/child weekend ticket – £38.23/£16.73. Individual event tickets are available to buy, check the link below for details.

Information and programme: www.todfolkfest.co.uk
Tickets: www.eventbrite.com

Fri 4 May - Sun 6 May
Kate Holmes
Published on:
Tue 1 May 2018