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Live Reviews

The Trip to Birmingham

Alex Monaghan reports back from a traditional music festival in deepest Digbeth.

Four days in Birmingham at the end of November. It doesn't sound like a dream holiday, but a sell-out crowd was attracted by this year's Tradfest. On its second run, this aspiring annual festival of Irish music is organised by a small bunch of local lads who play music but also have the skills to run a major event. Between them, they manage logistics, funding, advertising, ticket sales, technical matters, stage management and crowd control. The first Tradfest in 2014 was a surprise success, and 2015 built on this to make things even better.

Manifold – The Peace Tent

Deep in the heart of the Peak District lie two beautiful river valleys – the Dove and the Manifold. The latter gives its name to a wonderful and small (and small is beautiful) Folk Gathering. No, it is NOT a Festival, it really is a gathering. A collection, not bigger than 240 of Malcolm Hawksworth’s friends. All gather to celebrate music, poetry, chat and beer in great company.

FIDDLER'S GREEN FESTIVAL - Rostrevor, County Down - 19-26 July 2015

The Fiddler's Green Festival has come a long way in the last 29 years. It began as a one day event, progressed to a weekend festival, and now extends to eight days and seven nights of music, culture and craic. Two things help define the festival - The Sands Family and the location, Rostrevor, a scenic village nestling on the shores of Carlingford Lough against the backdrop of the Mourne Mountains, which really do roll down to the sea.

SADDLEWORTH FOLK WEEKEND - Uppermill, Oldham - 18-19 July 2015

Take a small inheritance from an elderly aunt, add a challenge from an ex-PA and sprinkle in a dozen pleas from festival goers and stewards... and what do you get? The inaugural Saddleworth Folk Weekend, with Ali O’Brien directing operations. Ali is no stranger to this role as she was director of the original Saddleworth Folk Festival which sadly ceased to exist a few years ago. In the intervening years, many requests to bring it back fell on deaf ears as there was no funding or financial support. Then, good old Aunty Elsie died and left a small inheritance. The unselfish Ali decided to put on a Folk Weekend, smaller than its predecessors and with a cosier atmosphere. This warmer ‘feel’ came through during the entire weekend and many were heard to echo through the hills and valleys around that they were “glad it’s back”, “really missed it” etc.