Award nominee Emma Sweeney launches Buxton Folk in May

Emma Sweeney and Jack Rutter launch Buxton Folk in May
Emma Sweeney and Jack Rutter launch Buxton Folk in May

Buxton Opera House’s new programme of live folk events started earlier this month.

To celebrate the start of the gigs for Buxton Folk in May, fiddler Emma Sweeney took to the stage with her guitarist Jack Rutter.

BBC North West Tonight dropped into the theatre to film the small launch party attended by Opera House staff. The television report described Buxton as ‘rapidly becoming known as the festival capital of the north-west’.

Emma Sweeney, who is based in Manchester, commented: ‘Buxton and New Mills have a lot of “folkies”, so the month long event will be popular.”

Emma, a Songlines Music Award nominated fiddler, will be back with her trio to close Buxton Folk in May on Thursday, May 28, at 7.30pm, in Pavilion Arts Centre.

A distinguished and experienced live performer, Emma has played alongside a whole raft of traditional musicians, including Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and Mick O’Brien. She recently supported Paul Weller in a guest appearance with The Rails.

Her trio will share the bill at the Pavilion Arts Centre with Alan Burke, former lead singer and bodhran player with Irish band, Afterhours.

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