Lancashire legend is headline act at Folk Club

John Howarth of the Oldham Tinkers
John Howarth of the Oldham Tinkers
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A legend of the Lancashire folk world is heading to St Annes.

John Howarth, frontman of the Oldham Tinkers, is the headline act at the St Annes Folk Club on Saturday.

The folk club was launched last month and was a sell-out, with more than 75 people at the Pavilion Cafe in Ashton Gardens.

This month’s headline act Howarth has been a fixture of the Lancashire music scene since the 1960s, when he teamed up with brothers Larry and Gerry Kearns to form the Oldham Tinkers.

The band have played folk festivals all over the world and were summoned to play for the Queen and Prince Philip at a Royal Gala performance at Manchster’s Palace Theatre in the 70s. They have also received extensive radio play, on Radio 2 and beyond.

“It is quite a big coup to get John as last time the Tinkers were in this area they played at the Lowther Pavilion in Lytham,” said folk club organiser Steve Canavan.

“So to get John to play in an intimate venue is great and it’s a chance for people to come and see a master at work.

“Not only is he a fine singer but he’s also one of the funniest performers you will see –his tales in between the music are worth the admission price alone.”

There will also be other guest artists on the night.

Tickets priced £6 are available now from the Pavilion cafe in St Annes.

The folk night takes place on the first Saturday of each month.

It is taking a break in January but returns on Saturday February 7, when Ramsbottom-based three-piece Harp and a Monkey are the headliners.

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