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Village hosts folk event

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 25, 2013

  • Manifold Gathering

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A MULTITUDE of folk music acts conversed on a Staffordshire Moorlands village for an annual gathering at the weekend.

The Manifold Valley Folk Gathering this year took place in the scenic village of Alstonefield, and was blessed with good sunny weather.

Hundreds of music lovers visited the village to watch a host of acts perform including Rick Ford, PIVA, John Williams and The Bird Scarers.

The event, which was organised by Leek man Malcolm Hawksworth, included a Peace Concert on Saturday, hosted in conjunction with the UN International Day of Peace. Throughout the three-day gathering there were concerts, sing-arounds, music workshops, and other folk music related activities.

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The events were staged in a variety of venues in and around the village of Alstonefield including in the village hall and the church.

Malcolm said: “It was an absolutely great weekend, especially as we got the weather we ordered.

“It was wonderful to see so many happy volunteers from across the country come along and help make the event a success.

“Many of the village community have also got stuck in with the event.

“With the volunteers, music acts and paying guests, we had in the region of 240 people.” As for plans for next year’s event, Malcolm said: “We always take stock of the event at this time before deciding what to do next year.

“The event has been in many places.

“It began in Ipstones, then moved up to Cumbria, before coming back to the Staffordshire Moorlands at Hulme End, and this year in Alstonefield.

“Who knows where it will be next time, although there is a strong chance of it staying in the Staffordshire Moorlands.” He added: “A special thank you goes to all the volunteers as well as the wonderful artists.”

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