For almost three years, I ran a monthly not-for-profit night of folk and acoustic music, sometimes melded with a little bit of spoken word, in venues across Manchester city centre.
I aimed to ease in newcomers to the folk and traditional scene without the jargon and (sometimes bizarre!) customs of the folk club scene which can be off-putting and intimidating to those who have never been to a folk club before.
Supporting and nurturing emerging local artists by offering them slots at each gig, we also invited guest musicians and spoken word performers from across the country, including The Shee, Gilmore and Roberts, Jim Causley, The Daydream Club, Emma Sweeney, Eleanor Rees, Rebecca Sharp, Twelfth Day, Ottersgear, Kathryn Edwards, Jenny McCormick, Tom Kitching and Gren Bartley, Jack McNeill and Charlie Heyes, amongst many, many more.
Manchester residents seemed to love For Folk’s Sake, and I was invited to curate stages at other festivals and events, including Friends of Manchester, Postcards from Manchester, Finding Zion and MAPS.