Manchester Folk Festival and the One Festival of Homeless Arts are delighted to present four artists selected from a competitive application process. The four artists will take part in a programme of three days of activity culminating in this special performance, in collaboration with our partner English Folk Expo. The artists will be developing their skills and networks as part of the music industry and we hope that you will join us to share their amazing music.
Artists featured in the showcase include Ben Greenland, Liam Jordan, Paula Wichall and Thomas Piszka.
As soon as he could form words, Ben has sung songs. A life of adventure followed a decision to say yes to nearly everything. Where music has been the exploration, folk music has always been the home. A desire to communicate from the heart, a love of the land, the people on it and exploration of other spaces inspire his songs. Discovering the history of the human experience through song, spurs on a curiosity to dig deeper in the park and to bring old songs to the now.
Fusing folk, country, gospel, and rock, Joan forges strong subject matter with powerful and emotive production, nodding a respectful head to the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison and Jason Isbell.
Wichall is a singer songwriter on the London acoustic scene, performing at Stop the War gigs from 2006-8 and more recently Conway Hall and folk venue Cecil Sharp House.
London based singer songwriter Thomas Pliszka has loved writing and performing music since he was first inspired to sing at school. Motivated by seeing Eric Clapton performing live in Hyde Park in 1996, he took up the guitar and hasn’t looked back. Thomas’s voice is clear and powerful, he accompanies his singing with guitar and piano.
This event is part of Manchester Folk Festival – an urban folk festival. It takes place from 16-20 October 2019, in and around HOME and the city centre. Over the autumn weekend, they present an exhilarating range of events, with the spotlight on contemporary and traditional English folk music.