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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.

Its not about headliners, though many abound. Nor is it about making money. It is about peace through folk. Is that Folk Music or Folkie people, I hear you ask? The answer is both!

Until you have attended, you have no idea how warm, welcoming and wonderful it truly is. If you have never tried it – then don’t come – yes that is what I said…… Do NOT come!

I do not want it to grow . It is the perfect size and just shoe-horns perfectly into the little village hall and carpark at Alstonefield, perched among the hills and dales of the Peak District.

Off duty, I donned the boots and bagged a few local hilltops , just to look back, just to look up. It was all just heaven on earth. Regular attenders are now all on first name terms and come together like an Irish Clan gathering.

My final words on Manifold – I never told you any of this…..!

Ronnie Williamson (see you in the bar)