The Houghton Weavers have been entertaining folk for 47 years with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation and they announce their annual forthcoming Autumn / Winter 2022 UK Tour. They will be playing the Leyland Road Conference Centre on Saturday 10th December.
The North West’s leading comedy / folk group will visit towns and cities such as Colwyn Bay, Morecambe, Darwen, Warrington, Preston, Bolton, Middleton, Lytham St Anne’s, Blackpool, Buxton and Ulverston.
To coincide with their UK Tour, they release their brand-new single, ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ on Friday 7th October, taken from their forthcoming album ‘New World in the Morning’ due out on Friday 14th October.
“To us, this traditional Scottish Folk Song depicts the love that Queen Elizabeth II had for the beautiful Scottish Highlands. It could almost be a signature to her love and time spent north of the border. It’s such a poignant and beautiful traditional song and it seems a perfect track as our tribute to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Having been working on the album for almost 2 years, through covid and into the summer of 2022, It’s a mixture of self-penned and traditional songs as well as some very well-known folk covers. We have used various session musicians including Ken Nichol of Steeleye Span and the wonderful country folk guitarist Pete Frampton. The album has that Weavers comedy element but is brought back down to earth with some beautifully poignant trad folk songs.
We are dedicating this album to our late Tony Berry who sadly passed away in 2019.”
The Houghton Weavers have been entertaining folk up and down the country and promise a fun-packed, sing-along family show with great music and funny stories galore! There will be plenty of laughter and the old familiar songs like the Blackpool Belle, Matchstalk Men and Wild Rover mixed together with some new songs, and festive perennial favourites on the Christmas Tour like Let It Snow, Bless Your Whiskers and White Christmas.
Learning their craft in the folk clubs of their native North West, the group have never wavered from their original motto of “Keep Folk Smiling”.
Steve Millington, David Littler and Jim Berry entertain their audiences in a show of charming fun, humorous jokes, and anecdotes, together with plenty of music, varying from raucous traditional and popular Folk Songs to sing-along favourites, with beautiful ballads and original pieces included throughout. Their wide and varied repertoire, alongside their unique and well-known style ensures that no two shows in the company of The Houghton Weavers are ever the same.
The band continue their non-stop success with a packed schedule of theatres and other venues, also hosting two residential weekends a year. With a large and active fan club, and growing social media following, The Houghton Weavers enjoy entertaining those young and old in a show designed for all the family to enjoy.
In their time together, the band have performed thousands of concerts, recorded over 30 albums and starred in several of their own highly successful BBC radio and TV series and made countless appearances on other programmes. They guarantee a wonderful afternoon / evening of entertainment and their experience – together with their style and professionalism – ensures that, as their motto says, they always “Keep Folk Smiling”.
THE HOUGHTON WEAVERS – Autumn / Winter 2022 UK Tour Dates include:
Sat 24th Sept COLWYN BAY – Theatre Colwyn
Box Office No: 01492 556 677
Sun 2nd Oct BACUP – The Circle (Afternoon Show)
Box Office No: 01706 875 819
Box Office No: 07808 271 671
Thurs 20th Oct ELLESMERE PORT – The Hungry Horse Folk Club
Box Office No: 07981 639 336
Sat 22nd Oct MILLOM – Beggar’s Theatre
Box Office No: 01229 775 677
Fri 28th Oct PRESTON – Playhouse Theatre
Box Office No: 01772 252 288
Fri 11th Nov LYTHAM ST ANNE’s – Lowther Pavilion
Box Office No: 01253 794 221
Sat 12th Nov GRANGE OVER SANDS – Victoria Hall
Box Office No: 01539 532 375
Fri 18th Nov KNUTSFORD – St John’s Church
Box Office No: 0345 833 8431
Sat 19th Nov LEICESTER, ELMSTHORPE – Village Hall
Box Office No: 01455 843 382 or 01455 846 203
Sat 26th Nov DARWEN – Library Theatre
Box Office No: 01254 706 006
Website – https://bwdvenues.com/whats-on/
Thurs 1st Dec SETTLE – Victoria Hall
Box Office No: 01729 825 718
Fri 2nd Dec STOCKPORT – West Heaton Tennis Club
Box Office No: 07771 606 071
Wed 7th-Fri 9th Dec BLACKPOOL – Imperial Hotel (Keep Folk Smiling Event)
Box Office No: 07808 271 671
Sat 10th Dec SOUTHPORT – Leyland Road Conference Centre
Tues 13th Dec WIRRAL, PORT SUNLIGHT – Gladstone Theatre
Box Office No: 0151 643 8757
Thurs 15th Dec BARNOLDSWICK – Music & Arts Centre
Box Office No: 07712 628 366 or 01282 813 374
Fri 16th Dec WARRINGTON – Pyramid Theatre
Box Office No: 01925 442 345
Sat 17th Dec BUXTON – Pavilion Arts Centre
Box Office No: 01298 72190
Tues 20th Dec MORECAMBE – Platform Theatre
Box Office No: 01524 582 803
Wed 21st Dec BOLTON – Bolton Little Theatre
Box Office No: 01204 524 469
Fri 23rd Dec MIDDLETON – St Michael’s Church
Box Office No: 0161 375 1876
Website - https://www.middletonband.com/
Thurs 29th Dec CHORLEY – Theatre (Matinee & Evening shows)
Box Office No: 01257 264 362
Fri 30th Dec ULVERSTON – The Coro Hall
Box Office No: 01229 588 994
Website - https://www.thecoro.co.uk/whats-on