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Welsh artists at Manchester Folk Festival

Some of the best Welsh artists will be performing at next week’s Manchester Folk Festival. 11 Oct 2018

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, 9Bach, Gwyneth Glyn and ALAW will be representing the breadth and richness of the contemporary Welsh folk scene in a series of four concerts. They are supported by a Cerdd Cymru Music Wales partnership spearheaded by Arts Council of Wales and its international arm Wales Arts International.

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, 9Bach, Gwyneth Glyn and ALAW will be representing the breadth and richness of the contemporary Welsh folk scene in a series of four concerts. They are supported by a Cerdd Cymru Music Wales partnership spearheaded by Arts Council of Wales and its international arm Wales Arts International.

Manchester Folk Festival is an urban folk festival which brings audiences an exciting mix of artists for one long autumn weekend in the heart of the city (Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 October).

Running alongside the public-facing festival is EFEx (the English Folk Expo). A showcase event for English acoustic, roots and folk music, EFEx attracts industry delegates from all over the world who come to view and book artists. This year, alongside performers from England, it will be showcasing the finest Welsh folk music.

Eluned Hâf, the Head of Wales Arts International at Arts Council of Wales said:

"It’s an honour for Wales to be the selected international partner at EFEx and to celebrate the wealth of our music traditions as part of the Manchester Folk Festival. This follows a glowing Year of Wales at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany and a summer of Welsh folk music from the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff, the Proms in London and festivals and showcases world-wide".

"At a time where there is uncertainty for artists working internationally, it’s more important than ever that we work with our neighbours and partners to develop cross-boundary networks with festivals, presenters and musicians."

Catrin Finch and Seickou Keita said


"We're absolutely delighted to have been selected to perform at this auspicious music industry event in one of Manchester's most iconic contemporary arts venues, HOME."

9Bach said:

"9Bach are looking forward to performing our songs in Manchester. We know from our experience of showcasing at WOMEX how valuable these events can be in helping an artist’s career move on to the next stage"

ALAW also said:

"For ALAW this represents a fantastic opportunity to reach new audiences as well as influential promoters and agents both from the UK and abroad. We can’t wait!"

Gwyneth Glyn who will also be representing Wales at the Manchester Folk Festival said:

"I'm thrilled to be part of Manchester Folk Festival and EFEx alongside my wonderful band members Dylan Fowler, Gillian Stevens and Rowan Rheingans. We're really looking forward to performing, hearing some great music and being part of the buzz of this incredible event."

Performance times:

· Thursday 18 October, 8pm: Gwyneth Glyn, Theatre 1, HOME (with this is the Kit and Alice Jones)

· Friday 19 October, 8pm 9BACH, Theatre 2, HOME (with Spiro)

· Saturday 20 October, 7.30pm: ALAW, Theatre 2, HOME (with Coven)

· Saturday 20 October, 8pm: Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Theatre 1, HOME (with Rachel McShane & The Cartographers)

Tickets: www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk

Running alongside the public-facing festival is EFEx (the English Folk Expo). A showcase event for English acoustic, roots and folk music, EFEx attracts industry delegates from all over the world who come to view and book artists. This year, alongside performers from England, it will be showcasing the finest Welsh folk music.

Eluned Hâf, the Head of Wales Arts International at Arts Council of Wales said:

"It’s an honour for Wales to be the selected international partner at EFEx and to celebrate the wealth of our music traditions as part of the Manchester Folk Festival. This follows a glowing Year of Wales at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany and a summer of Welsh folk music from the National Eisteddfod in Cardiff, the Proms in London and festivals and showcases world-wide".

"At a time where there is uncertainty for artists working internationally, it’s more important than ever that we work with our neighbours and partners to develop cross-boundary networks with festivals, presenters and musicians."

Catrin Finch and Seickou Keita said

"We're absolutely delighted to have been selected to perform at this auspicious music industry event in one of Manchester's most iconic contemporary arts venues, HOME."

9Bach said:

"9Bach are looking forward to performing our songs in Manchester. We know from our experience of showcasing at WOMEX how valuable these events can be in helping an artist’s career move on to the next stage"

ALAW also said:

"For ALAW this represents a fantastic opportunity to reach new audiences as well as influential promoters and agents both from the UK and abroad. We can’t wait!"

Gwyneth Glyn who will also be representing Wales at the Manchester Folk Festival said:

"I'm thrilled to be part of Manchester Folk Festival and EFEx alongside my wonderful band members Dylan Fowler, Gillian Stevens and Rowan Rheingans. We're really looking forward to performing, hearing some great music and being part of the buzz of this incredible event."

Performance times:

· Thursday 18 October, 8pm: Gwyneth Glyn, Theatre 1, HOME (with this is the Kit and Alice Jones)

· Friday 19 October, 8pm 9BACH, Theatre 2, HOME (with Spiro)

· Saturday 20 October, 7.30pm: ALAW, Theatre 2, HOME (with Coven)

· Saturday 20 October, 8pm: Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, Theatre 1, HOME (with Rachel McShane & The Cartographers)

Tickets: www.manchesterfolkfestival.org.uk

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