New Greyhound folk night is launched

Folk musician Jon Budworth
Folk musician Jon Budworth

THE traditional sounds of folk music will come to a Leigh pub as a local musician on the roots scene launches his own regular gig night.

Guitarist and singer Jon Budworth will launch his new Folk at the Greyhound nights at the Warrington Road pub with a gig on February 25 featuring himself and Wigan folk scene stalwart Steve Higgins.

Jon, who has released two EPs influenced by the likes of Richard Thompson and Nic Jones, hopes to put on regular nights at his local pub showcasing the range of talent he encounters at concerts around the region.

Jon, 45, said: “The landlady at The Greyhound is a folk music fan so they got in touch with me and asked me to put the night on. As it’s pretty much across the road from my house I thought I would do it.

“If this one goes well I hope to do it more regularly. My plan is to have a sing-around for the first half and then possibly a guest artist for the second half.

“I’ve already got a few people in mind for that who I’ve seen on the scene and think they should be given a chance to do more than just the odd song.”

Steve will perform at the opening night at The Greyhound playing his repertoire of traditional songs and instrumentals mixed with covers in his trademark finger-picking guitar style.

Jon is also currently writing songs for the follow-up to his latest EP Trees Turn To Fire, but he is yet to decide if he will release another EP or a full-length album.

Folk at the Greyhound will be launched on February 25 at 9pm with Jon Budworth and Steve Higgins. Entry is free.

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