The Met, Market Street, Bury, Greater Manchester BL9 0BW
Box Office 0161 761 2216
With the humble tin whistle at it's core, The Big Whistle Festival is a gathering of traditional and contemporary musicians for a weekend of groove laden gigs, intimate concerts and workshops.
Big Whistle Festival is promoted by The Met and Big Whistle Music.
Weekend Ticket Offer See every Big Whistle Festival concert (apart from the sold-out Ross and Ali) for just £49 (a saving of £35)
Saturday Ticket Offer See every concert on Saturday 6 May (apart from the sold-out Ross and Ali) for just £35 (a saving of £25)
To book online, just purchase for each show and the discount will apply automatically.
Peter Morrison of The Peatbog Faeries
Saturday 6 May 10.30am / £5
Standby for an hour of personal musical recollections, unmissable tunes and in depth chat as Phil Brown presents another Whistle and Me with a seminal figure on the Scottish folk music scene – Peter Morrison.
Saturday 6 May 11am / £5
Here’s a chance to get started on one of the most simple yet endearing of all instruments – the old Tin Whistle! Terry Walsh has an impressive antecedence on the Manchester Folk Scene - he was one of the original Manchester Beggarmen.
Intermediate level workshop
Saturday 6 May 12pm / £8
Patrick Rimes is a virtuosic fiddler, piper and musical arranger and will be leading this intermediate level Tunes Workshop. The focus will be upon ‘up tempo tunes from the Welsh tradition and beyond’. A cool mix of jigs and reels can be expected. Technique and ornamentation relative to tune content will also be covered and taught.
Saturday 6 May 3pm / £5
This session will specifically focus on the traditional and ancient tunes of Calan's Welsh homeland. With a line-up of accordion, fiddle, guitar, harp and Welsh pipes – oh, and not forgetting you too – it all stacks up to be a valuable and exciting hour with Calan.
Intermediate Plus to Advanced High
Saturday 6 May 3pm / £12
This workshop will encourage guitarists to work with Ali on accompaniment and whistlers to work with Ross on the tune. This will provide a joined up and advanced illustration of how whistlers can play with accompaniment – and give guidance to guitarists on providing rhythmic empathy within accompaniment.
Saturday 6 May 3pm / £5
If you can play a simple tune and like to play with others, this workshop is for you. It is basically a guided slow tune session. Even if you play to a higher level you are still encouraged to attend.