The Leylines and Blackbeard’s Tea Party: Manchester Folk Festival

  • Saturday | 21.10.23
  • 7.00pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • £16

Their bold and riotous modern folk rock is built for late nights and big stages. Hold on to your tricorne hats and be prepared to stamp your wooden legs – Blackbeard’s Tea Party are in town.

Sea-shanties will be given a bombastic rock edge, and folk instrumentals will become late-night floor-fillers when this raucous bunch of reprobates hit the stage. They have dirt under their fingernails and a twinkle in their eyes, and you can expect fantastic musicianship, playful choreography and an unstoppable urge to move your body.

Blackbeard’s Tea Party believe a live show should be a spectacle for the eyes as well as the ears. Outlandish outfits, costume changes, DIY props, unhinged stage antics and chaotic choreography all add up to an engaging, high-octane show that inevitably leaves audiences cheering for more.

Drums, percussion, electric guitars, fiddle, melodeon and 4-part harmonies combine to create music that is drenched in tradition, but filtered through a kaleidoscope of modern rock and pop. Established as the go-to band for folkin’ fun shenanigans, Blackbeard’s Tea Party have played memorable sets at; Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, The Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo and many many more.

The band celebrated a decade of ‘rocking the folk boat’ in 2019 and commemorated this with their ‘Ten YAAR Anniversary Tour’ during the Autumn & Winter. They also re-released an updated version of their most popular track ‘Chicken on a Raft’ to commemorate this milestone.

During ‘Lockdown’ the band began writing material remotely via Asana for their fourth album and as things began to return to normality they were very excited to get into the studio with their new lineup; Ben Trott on Guitar & Paddy Lester-Rourke on Bass, to record these tracks.

The result was ‘Kick The Curb’, their first album in 5 years which was released in the Autumn of 2022 & accompanied by an 18 date UK tour. After the enforced hiatus Blackbeard’s Tea Party couldn’t wait to get out on the road to play the new album live. They had a fabulous time & loved catching up & sharing cheesecake with fans both old & new!!

A standing show.

Full festival tickets also available:

Artists on stage: 7.30pm
Curfew: 10.15pm
Stage: The Venue