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Out and About: Bacup Folk Club (Click Header for Full Entry)

Posted on February 26, 2010 with 0 comments

Monday night, without advance planning, I head for the Bacup (pronounced “bake-up”) Folk Club. I’ve gotten quite good at getting out to the ring road around Manchester, but once I leave it, all bets are off.

The club meets in a nondescript building (the local football club) on the evocatively-named Cowtoot Lane, one of a warren of little streets up a steep hill.

The small but enthusiastic company includes a high density of whistle-players. There is also an uillean piper who has brought along an instrument he has just invented but cannot yet play much, made from a long pole and some plastic tubing. The evening’s best moments are a roof-raising rendition of “Summertime” and several other sprawling, inclusive jams.