FESTIVAL REVIEW: Todmorden Folk Festival – 29th April–1st May 2022


How to review a festival of three days and eleven venues?

Impressions included “Folk Customs of the Borderlands” with Oakenhoof to add clog dancing to tales of strange local customs, Outside the Box’s storming, “Kishon Commandos”, and Cobalt Tales singing about the Pendle witches (so called), but there was also the dancing outdoors, and many other acts to enjoy. Old songs came back and recalled modern problems.

The overall feeling was of the energy of talent finding release.

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I came to Todmorden in 1979 with my record collection but have gradually become converted to live music