Breathing new life into a folk music institution

Leigh Folk Club is back! The popular group has reformed and is looking for new members, led by Linda Jennings and Sara Bradbury
Leigh Folk Club is back! The popular group has reformed and is looking for new members, led by Linda Jennings and Sara Bradbury
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TWO musical friends have taken over the running of a popular folk night.

Linda Jennings and Sara Bradbury are breathing new life into Folk on Friday by re-launching the event as Leigh Music on Friday.

Professional singer Linda, 43, and guitarist Sara, 63, are now inviting musicians and songwriters different genres to perform at Leigh Conservative Club, in Railway Road, Leigh, on the third Friday of each month.

Linda said: “We went to watch a gig at the folk night last November and the people running the club announced it was to be their last night.

“They’d run the club for many years so Sara and I offered to takeover.

“It’s now called Leigh Music on Friday. The night will include folk singers, because there is a large following, but we are also encouraging young people and local songwriters to come along and perform.”

Sara said: “Linda and I have been involved in acoustic music for a number of years so we have quite a few friends in music. We’re trying to get the best local acts, as well as young performers.”

The first Leigh Music on Friday will see duo Gary and Vera Aspey take to the stage.

Folk band Calico, who performed across the North West for more than 30 years, stepped down from their role as hosts of Leigh Folk Club in November. The band’s members decided to wind down the number of gigs they perform as they enter later life.

Organisers are appealing for help to book artists and carry out administration work to ensure the club can continue.

Leigh Folk Club was founded in 1965 by Keith Platt and Jerry Hamilton at the White Horse, in Railway Road, only a short distance from its current location at Leigh Conservative Club. Comedian Billy Connolly played an early gig at the club with his band The Humblebums in the 1960s.

For more information call Sara on 07796 670 663 or email akolytemusik@gmail.com.