Newsflash! Our first show of the year welcomes special guests...

We're honoured to introduce a treat for the ukelele lovers amongst you... You may have heard Alan Bates on Xfm this week, after sparking a major man hunt following his now infamous performances on match days at the City of Manchester Stadium. Have a sneaky listen here: http://www.myspace.com/sp3ccylad

We're also delighted to announce Kamal Arafa will be performing, too. A string-heavy serendipity, make sure you head to the Bay Horse basement at 7.30pm to catch them: http://www.myspace.com/kamalarafa

And one more cheeky plug to vote for us in the Spirals: http://www.spiralearth.co.uk/spirals2010/club.asp

See you at the Bay Horse this Thursday (4th Feb) from 7pm.

Lots of exciting news for 2010

Hello For Folk’s Sake-rs

Apologies it’s been a long old while, but I thought I’d gather up all our exciting news in one big go…

First of all, we start the year at the Bay Horse NEXT Thursday (Feb 4th) with:

  • Multiple slam champion, Ash Dickinson, with victories in Edinburgh (2007), Cheltenham (2008), the Museum of Scotland Slam (2005). Ash won the BBC Radio 4 Midlands Slam in July 2009. You can check out videos of his dynamic performances here, as well as his ‘Ashist Manifesto’.




  • And special guests


For Folk’s Sake has been nominated at the Spiral Awards for best folk club of the year. Voting closes on Feb 12th, so please click here to vote for us.

Then in March, we’re lucky enough to have been invited to participate in the wonderful Single Cell Collective’s residency at The Zion Arts Centre. If you haven’t heard of Manchester’s multidisciplinary arts collective, Single Cell, you might want to check them out

  • For Folk’s Sake will be in the MAIN THEATRE (gulp!) at the Zion on Thursday March 18th with Anna Kashfi, who have just released their latest album, Survival, on Little Red Rabbit records. http://www.myspace.com/annakashfi



  • We are also delighted to be joined by Cardiff poet, Mab Jones, who was one of only six poets who made it through to the UK Farrago Slam Championships last year. What an achievement! You can check her out here: http://www.mabjones.com/



  • Other guests will be announced shortly.


April 8th’s venue is currently yet to be confirmed, but we have a fantastic lineup planned, with artists from all over the UK:

The wonderful Northern Irish troubadour, Stephen MacCartney

Brummie poet and comedian, Claire Jones

Scotland’s songstress, Lindsay Sugden

And Manchester’s very own former BBC Young Folk Award finalist, fiddler Emma Sweeney

I don’t want to overwhelm you with ALL our news in great detail, but look out for further information about our date at Contact Theatre in May, with the Magpie’s Nest tour (the London folk club who have just won BBC Radio 2 Folk Club of the Year at the 2010 Folk Awards!)

As well as:

  • The Twelfth Day album launch in June



  • And our first ever London For Folk’s Sake in July!


Phew! What a year it is going to be!

So we’ll see you all next Thursday (Feb 4th) at the Bay Horse then? As ever, it’s £4 on the door (£2 concs), 7pm until the music dries up xx