The Houghton Weavers have been entertaining folk for 47 years with their unique blend of popular folk music, humour and audience participation and they announce their annual forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2022 UK Tour.
The North West’s leading comedy/folk group will be performing at the Gladstone Theatre in Port Sunlight on Tuesday 13 December, and will also visit towns and cities including Stockport, Settle, Colwyn Bay, Morecambe, Darwen, Warrington, Preston, Bolton, Middleton, Lytham St Anne’s, Blackpool, Buxton, and Ulverston.
To coincide with their UK Tour, they release their brand-new single, ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ taken from their forthcoming album ‘New World in the Morning.’
The group said, “To us, this traditional Scottish Folk Song depicts the love that Queen Elizabeth II had for the beautiful Scottish Highlands. It could almost be a signature to her love and time spent north of the border. It’s such a poignant and beautiful traditional song and it seems a perfect track as our tribute to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
“Having been working on the album for almost 2 years, through covid and into the summer of 2022, It’s a mixture of self-penned and traditional songs as well as some very well-known folk covers.
“We have used various session musicians including Ken Nichol of Steeleye Span and the wonderful country folk guitarist Pete Frampton. The album has that Weavers comedy element but is brought back down to earth with some beautifully poignant trad folk songs.
“We are dedicating this album to our late Tony Berry who sadly passed away in 2019.”
Learning their craft in the folk clubs of their native North West, the group have never wavered from their original motto of “Keep Folk Smiling.”
Steve Millington, David Littler, and Jim Berry entertain their audiences in a show of charming fun, humorous jokes, and anecdotes, together with plenty of music, varying from raucous traditional and popular Folk Songs to sing-along favourites, with beautiful ballads and original pieces included throughout. Their wide and varied repertoire, alongside their unique and well-known style ensures that no two shows in the company of The Houghton Weavers are ever the same.
In their time together, the band have performed thousands of concerts, recorded over 30 albums and starred in several of their own highly successful BBC radio and TV series and made countless appearances on other programmes.