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Stoller Hall Announces Folk Season

Chris Wood Martin SimpsonManchester's Stoller Hall has announced an ambitious folk programme for the autumn. Stoller Hall is a new venue, opposite  Victoria Station which opened in April 2017.

It has 482 seats and plays host to a wide variety of events, ranging from chamber and classical music, folk and choral, to comedy and spoken word.  The venue has recently been awarded a regional and national RIBA Award, in recognition of the high standard of the its architectural design and acoustics.

First up, on 9th September is Chris Wood, an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the unofficial history of the English speaking people. A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Wood is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does.  His eagerly awaited new album So Much to Defend, includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, cook-in sauce and, not least, the gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society.

World renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson appears on 28th September, fresh from the release of years Trails and Tribulations, his 20th solo album on September 1st. Featuring some of his most inventive playing yet, it showcases his virtuosity on a variety of instruments including acoustic guitars, resonator guitars, Weissenbown lap steel guitar, electric guitars, 5 string banjo, ukulele – and voice.

Hand in hand with his long solo career, Simpson has been central to seminal collaborations like The Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and Simpson Cutting Kerr. He has worked with an array of artists from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danϊ, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons, to mention a few. He is consistently named as one of the very finest acoustic, fingerstyle and slide guitar players in the world and is the most nominated musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards.

Jesca Hoop, The Unthanks and Cara Dillon appear at Stoller Hall later in the autumn.


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