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Tickets are still available for this year's Manifold Folk Gathering at Alstonefield

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 30, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Above: The Bird Scarers, Rick Ford, John Williams, Charlie Walker at last year's Manifold Folk Gathering.

  • Piva at Manifold Gathering 2013.

  • Above: Hissyfit and (below) Piva at last year's Manifold Gathering.

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An annual gathering of talented musicians in the Staffordshire Moorlands is fast approaching.

This year's ever-growing Manifold Folk Gathering will be taking place over the weekend of September 19 until 21 in the village of Alstonefield.

This year's line-up includes local, regional and national stars such as: Piva, The Birdscarers, Rick Ford, Poacheras and Leek's own Herbs and Leekies, to Lucy Ward, Pete Morton, Steve Turner, Hissyfit as well as Maggie Boyle who will be appearing alongside Paul Downes.

The gathering is organised and promoted by Peace through Folk.

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Organiser Malcolm Hawksworth said: "The Manifold Valley Folk Gathering is, quite simply, a grand gathering of friends and friends to be, many of whom are folk musicians and singers, who come together to share music, songs and fellowship in an informal atmosphere, and to enjoy performances from some of our favourite national folk celebrities and some of the immensely talented local acts."

Malcolm added: "This year's line up is the envy of festivals five times the size and yet the whole weekend ticket price is only £32 which is made possible by fantastic volunteer support - they even own their own PA and run their own bar - with real ale from £2.75 per pint."

The Manifold Folk Gathering will include an International Day Of Peace Concert focusing on the centenary of the First World War with the aim of celebrating peace, reconciliation, fellowship and goodwill.

On site at the folk gathering there will be hot catering, plus homemade cakes, soup and hot drinks and a really great real ale bar.

For more details and to purchase tickets for the Manifold Folk Gathering call 07805 529492 or email manifoldfolk@gmail.com or see the website www.manifoldfolk.co.uk.

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