Manchester Folk Festival 2021/ Banter

Banter are: Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards and vocals and Tim Walker on drums, percussion, and brass. They are rooted in English traditional music but incorporate influences of pop, jazz, soul and big band sounds.

Although just three people, they create a huge sound and have been described as the world’s smallest big band.

Their new album “THREE” sees them exploring traditional song, whilst maintaining that quirky Banter twist.

What people say bout Banter:

“Featuring percussion, trumpet, Melodeon and keyboards. Banter are an infectious, genre hopping trio mixing Morris tunes, soulful vocals and raucous chorus songs into a concert to ceilidh headliner”

Steve Knightley – Show of Hands


“Funky brass, unexpected jazz chords, thought provoking songs”

Jude Abbott (Chumbawamba)


“This album is brilliant. So good to hear this trio continue to evolve, still a top-notch ceilidh band but now a serious contender as a concert band. The arrangements have become more sophisticated, the playing tighter and the result is that if you didn’t know it was a trio, you wouldn’t believe it. The sound is greater than the sum of its parts.

Beautifully produced, played, recorded and mixed. A game changer.”

Saul Rose (Eliza Carthy and The Wayward Band)


This event is part of Manchester Folk Festival – an urban folk festival. It takes place from 21-23 October 2021, 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.


1 hour

  • Buy for 4 Manchester Folk Festival shows in 1 transaction and get 15% discount on ticket price.

Age recommendation: Recommended age 9+ Under 14s accompanied by adult