An explosion of loud, electric, folk-rock, False Lights is a collaboration between multi-award winning singers and guitarists Jim Moray and Sam Carter. This is a gleefully raucous guitar band that plays traditional songs and tunes, formed in the spirit of the genre’s late-‘60s originators but informed by the music of Sam and Jim’s far more recent youth.
Fans of Sam and Jim’s often sombre solo work might be surprised by their stated intention to make False Lights a joyful spectacle. But that’s immediately evident when they perform. This is a turn-it-up-to-eleven-and-throw-yourself-about-your-dad’s-garage kind of group. Folk songs you can jump to.
The six-piece band boasts not only Carter and Moray on vocals and guitars but also Tom Moore on fiddle, Archie Churchill Moss on melodeon (also known for their band Moore Moss Rutter) Barnaby Stradling on bass (also known for playing with Eliza Carthy and Blowzabella) and Stuart Provan on drums (also known for playing with Luke Sital Singh). It’s a dream list of musicians, making a fantastic racket.
Kings of the South Seas
Sea shanties and sailors’ ballads both wistful and rousing, inspired by the epic whaling expeditions to the South Pacific in the early 19th century. Kings of the South Seas is made up of three acclaimed artists – Ben Nicholls, Richard Warren and Evan Jenkins – bringing rich vocals and beautifully spare instrumentation.
This event is part of Manchester Folk Festival – a celebration of English folk in all its forms, from protest song to ballads, familiar names alongside exciting new voices. From 19-21 October in and around HOME, the whole festival takes place in one area of Manchester over one weekend. Indoor gigs and outdoor entertainment, workshops and a festival hub where you can watch the world go by. Friendly, inclusive and full of opportunities for dis-covery, it will have the feel of a greenfield festival in the vibrant heart of the city.