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Manchester Folk Festival 2019: Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

There is a reason that Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys have the longest CD queues, the wildest audience reactions, and one of the busiest festival calendars of any UK band: their high- octane performance, soaring harmonies and breathtaking instrumentals are infused with an infectious exuberance that leaves crowds everywhere calling for more.

The meteoric rise of Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys is quite astonishing. Since playing their first ever show as a band in May 2016, they have risen from fringe stages and beer gardens to barnstorming headline sets at festivals all over the UK and Europe.

Sam Kelly has gained a reputation as one of the finest singers to come out of the UK folk scene in recent years and has pulled together some of the best, most innovative musicians the UK has to offer to form a genre-defying line-up that seamlessly pulls together traditional folk ballads and tunes, heavy rock-tinged Americana and blues, beautiful original pieces, and the occasional surprise of a pop classic.

“Amazing, thrilling music” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 & Radio 4

Supporting Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys is Gnoss

A dynamic four-piece of fiddle, flute, guitar and percussion, Gnoss tackle energetic tune sets and driving folk song with a ‘maturity of ability many of a greater age will envy’ (The Living Tradition). As current and former students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Graham Rorie, Aidan Moodie, Connor Sinclair and Craig Baxter have been tipped as ‘ones to watch’ by Songlines.

Forming as a duo in 2015, Graham and Aidan picked up a prestigious Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections and reached the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2016. Since expanding to a four-piece, Gnoss have continued to delight at performances and festivals across the UK and Europe, earning a nomination for Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2017. With international touring complimenting the release of their debut album in 2019, all eyes are firmly on this young quartet as they continue to stride forth from the pack.

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.