Folk rock out at church

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A WELL-known English folk rock band will play playing at one of Wigan’s most up and coming music venues.

The Albion Band, one of the country’s most significant folk bands, will play at Wigan Parish Church, on Monday, December 12.

The band was founded by Ashley Hutchings, founding member of arguably the two other pre-eminent English folk rock groups Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span and the Wigan gig is the only North West date on their tour.

And according to the man who secured the date for Wigan, David Cartlidge, it is a major accolade for the town.

He said: “It really is a big deal to have them performing in Wigan.”

The band, which consists of Simon Nicol, Ashley Hutchings, Kellie While and Simon Care, will perform a range of items including singing, dancing, readings and it even has a bit of comedy thrown in.

They will also play tracks from their new album.

Tickets, at £15 are available in advance by calling David on 01942 824 291.

And getting ahead. Tir Na Nog, the legendary Irish duo with special guests Ruth Angel and Sid Peacock. will play on March 1 next year. Tickets are £12.50 in advance.