British contemporary folk has seen something of a resurgence over the last few years. It’s almost as if austerity Britain is setting in and people are enjoying the stripped-back simple beauty of traditional folk music, and wearing jumpers. Three leading ladies of the contemporary folk movement – Lucy Ward, Emily Portman and Emma Sweeney (pictured) – have joined forces to provide audiences with Womenfolk, a triple bill of new music from these young artists who all have quite different sounds. They all embrace the traditional while taking the audience down new and intriguing paths. A modern twist on folk music of the past from three of the UK’s finest new singer-songwriters, this tour – which includes dates in Clitheroe, Stockton, Liverpool and Barrow-in-Furness – stops off at Band on the Wall on Thursday 30 January.

Thu 30 Jan, Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, M4 5JZ. Tel: 0161 834 1786, 7.30pm, £10,

Thu 30 Jan
John Stansfield
Published on:
Thu 23 Jan 2014