Heather Ferrier: Manchester Folk Festival

  • Saturday | 21.10.23
  • 12.30pm
  • Band on the Wall, Manchester
  • Free

Heather Ferrier is an accordionist, clog dancer and composer from Stockport, now based in the North East. 2022 has seen Heather release her debut solo EP From the Ashes. This concept EP, which gives an insight into Heather’s internal life during the first Covid-19 lockdown, intertwines virtuosic accordion compositions with lush electronic soundscapes. Through its powerful, folk-influenced melodies and bold, contemporary arrangements, the four-part EP explores the emotional processes we undergo during times of uncertainty. The EP has been favourably reviewed, as well as receiving airplay on BBC radio Newcastle and other grassroots radio stations. This year also sees Ferrier expanding the scope of her solo sound, joining forces with guitarist Alasdair Paul (Pons Aelius) and drummer Adam Stapleford (Taupe). In their forthcoming EP the trio have created music that is an explosion of groove and melody, embellishing Ferrier’s signature alt-folk style. The combination of Ferrier, Paul and Stapleford’s melting pot of influences and cross-genre collaborations transcends the boundaries of contemporary instrumental folk music, using Ferrier’s distinctive compositions as a basis for emotive and dynamic arrangements.

Artists on stage: 3.00pm
Curfew: 3.30pm
Stage: The Bar