THE Met in Bury continues to stage an excellent eclectic mix of new and established performers from the world of folk music.

Luke Daniels, who appears at The Met on Saturday, November 3, developed a passion for Irish traditional music in his early teens, learning to play the button accordion whilst working in an Irish bar owned by a six-time Connaught champion.

He was enthralled by the songs and tunes of his Scottish and English parents who played wooden flute and concertina.

His abilities as a finger style guitarist and singer flowered in his late teens then in his early twenties whilst touring as a member of the Riverdance band he also taught himself to play piano on the concert grand Steinways he found stored in theatres across Canada and the US.

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Elsewhere, the next guest at the Barlow in Edgworth will be Nick Dow next Friday.

Nick has been singing traditional folk songs for over 40 years.

He has had a big influence on the folk scene and recently award-winning musician Jim Moray included two of his songs on his latest album. The next singaround at the Barlow will be on Friday, November 2.

On Saturday, November 10, there will be an afternoon of music, song and spoken word to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice at the Barlow.

Lest We Forget will take feature Watch the Wall, Caffrey, Madge and McGurk, and Geoff Miller and friends and run from 2-4pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be available.

The full list of forthcoming guests at Folk at the Barlow is on To reserve tickets contact Anne on 07427 613783 or

Watch the Wall, consisting of Brian McGuire, Nick Mallion and Kathy McIver are the resident band at the acoustic night held every third Tuesday at Number 39 Hopstar Brewery Tap. The next one will be next Thursday.

There are also regular sessions at Chetham Arms in Chapeltown. The next tunes session will be held on Monday and the next song session will be on November 5.

The Saggy Bottom Girls will host their regular singers’ night at the Masons Arms in Egerton on October 24.

The Riot Band, who are a local ceilidh band, will be playing at the Walshaw Sports Club in Sycamore Road, Tottington, next Friday. Tickets, which are £15, can be obtained from Tottington Library or from Bob Duckworth on 01204 884297.

Swinton Folk Club hosts a singers’ night at the White Lion in Manchester Road, Swinton, every Monday.

There is a regular singers’ night at the Irwell Works Brewery hosted by MALpractice on the last Wednesday of each month. The next singers’ night there is on October 31.