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Manchester Folk Festival presents

The Theatre Ballads: Horse + Bamboo

The ballad is a story – a story in song.

Horse + Bamboo depict songs of a great fight, a broken contract and a female smuggler. Each is a historic ballad arranged and performed live alongside puppetry and simple illustrations, drawing out the tales before your eyes.

Featuring a phenomenal line-up of folk musicians: Kate Locksley (voice and narrative presentation), Bryony Griffith (fiddle, viola, voice and piano), Ewan McLennan (guitar and voice) and John Kirkpatrick (melodeon, accordion and voice).

A combination of live music, puppetry and projection, this captivating show will be somewhere between an evening at the theatre and a music gig.

Jointly commissioned by EFDSS, The Met in Bury and Colston Hall in Bristol and funded by PRS for Music Foundation

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.