Folk happenings this week...

There's only one folk happening this week in Manchester - For Folk's Sake on Thursday with Jim Causley!

I'm incredibly excited - as you might have gathered - as I'm a BIG fan of Jim. And then it turns out that Daniel Land, of psych shoegazers Daniel Land And The Modern Painters (and who travelled with Air Cav to Holland last year), grew up with Jim in Devon! I won't pretend that I wasn't starstruck... Hopefully I'll be able to conceal it on Thursday. Daniel Land will also be playing at the gig, with a helping hand from Jayn Hanna of The Steals. And to top it all off, my good friend, Christopher Knowles, will be back for a return visit. I'm looking forward to hearing some of his new material. (Kro Bar, Thursday 2nd September, £5 / £3, doors 7.30pm)

OK, so I lied. There are, of course, other folky happenings this week in Manchester. Bella Hardy, of whom I've gushed about here many a time, will be playing FOR FREE at the Bridgewater Hall on Friday. The only catch? It's at lunchtime, so be prepared to suck up to your boss to let you out... http://www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk/performance/15756.aspx

And have a look at the latest copy of EDS, the magazine from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. (Though the latest copy hadn't been updated online at the time of writing - it should have a picture of Fay Hield on the cover.) There are a couple of reviews by me - Alasdair Roberts and Jack McNeill and Charlie Heys' new ones - and a great one about Twelfth Day's Northern Quarter: 'There can be no doubting their outstanding musicianship and the quality of their singing voices or the considerable hard work that has been put into these arrangements...'

See you on Thursday!