With airplay across BBC Sounds and The Guardian hailing her latest album as one of the ‘Best Folk Albums of 2018’. We are super excited to have Kitty Macfarlane headlining the festival opening night alongside Owen Williams & the Forward Motion.


Kitty Macfarlane
Owen Williams & The Forward Motion
Beckie Margaret


Thursday 27 June 2019
Leigh Community Centre


Doors: 7:30pm
Starts: 8:00pm
Advance tickets: £8.00
On the door: £10.00



Kitty Macfarlane

“Smooth & believable” – Iggy Pop BBC 6Music
“Remarkably accomplished” – The Guardian
“Startlingly poetic” – The Observer
BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Week



Kitty is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her trademark lies in remarkably mature songwriting, a marked empathy with the environment and a strong sense of place. Carried by a clear voice ‘controlled yet wild’ (Folk Radio), her lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, woman’s age-old relationship with textiles and the land, and the changing face of the natural world. Cerebral and topical, honest and immediate, these are not throwaway lyrics or everyday melodies but thought-provoking and evocative compositions with wonderfully crafted soundscapes.


Her debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian’s Best Folk Albums of 2018, and has seen airplay across BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music. Last year she was invited to guest-present two episodes of BBC Radio 4’s Tweet of the Day and Kitty performed live in session from Maida Vale on BBC Radio 2 at the beginning of 2019.


Owen Williams and The Forward Motion

Owen Williams has been an established performer on the acoustic and folk circuit for many years, including several appearances at Leigh Folk Festival. Known for his powerful vocals and thoughtful lyrics, he released debut album Routine Monsters in 2006 to critical praise and followed it up with Happy/Sad: Lost Songs, a collection of demos and recordings, featuring a collaboration with MG Boulter. Now backed by his band, The Forward Motion, he released album Standing Still Will Kill You on the So Slam label in 2017, which featured blues and gospel influences and a powerful new sound. Last year he released double A-side singles, There Will Be Blood and Symmetry, and to date in 2019 has played shows with the likes of Get Cape Wear Cape Fly. We are reliably informed that new material is in the works too!


Beckie Margaret

Born and raised in sunny Southend, Beckie Margaret Mooney is an alternative/ atmospheric folk singer/songwriter that aims to enchant listeners with her endearing and somewhat autumnal music. Her ability to take you away with her through imagery and dreamy instrumentation creates a distinctive style.


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