Big names billed for Homegrown folk festival

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The second Homegrown festival showcasing the finest English folk takes place next month.

Staged at the Met in Bury from October 17-19, it will feature the likes of Kate Rusby (pictured), Seth Lakeman, Jim Moray, and folk supergroup The Full English.

The festival kicks off on Thursday 17 when BBC Radio 2 Folk Show’s Mark Radcliffe presents an introduction to English folk featuring performances from Olivia Chaney and Chris Wood.

Homegrown will also feature Gavin Davenport, O’Hooley and Tidow, John Smith, Martha Tilston, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, The Urban Folk Quartet, Bella Hardy, Jackie Oates, Sam Carter and a host of rising folk stars.

David Agnew, director of The Met, said: “We are immensely proud to host Homegrown. ”

Since the late 1990s English folk music has experienced a dramatic revival, matched by a rise in public and media interest, and fuelled by a significant increase in the number of UK festivals, the 
establishment of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and the launch of a folk and traditional music degree at Newcastle University.

Tickets for all performances are on sale now and are individually priced.

For more information or to book go to www.themet.biz/homegrown or call The Met on (0161) 761 2216