Fund Raiser for Free Folk Festival 2011

The first Fund Raiser for the 2011 Free Folk Festival will be a concert at the Standish Unity Club on Friday October 22nd. Gary and Vera Aspey will be sharing their highly renowned look on the reality of life in all its seriousness and humour. Local singers will provide support.

The concert will start at 8pm and the cots will be £7 per ticket on the door.

Free Festival 2010

The 2010 Free weekend of Folk went pretty well, considering the shadow that was cast by Martin Baker's untimely death. The weather was even relatively kind on the Fri and Sat, but reverted to type on the Sunday. However, Dave Jones's big tent was up to the challenge.


We had great sets from all that performed, with Marie Little deserving special mention for a set that was as passionate and varied as you could ask for, and Mark Dowding wowing us with his amazing version of Jake Thackray's "On again". Special mention also to Joan Blackburn, String Shack and Ken Scally for their great kindness in offering to perform for free, and Joan and the Saggies for their generous free performances at the fund raiser concert.

Read more: Free Festival 2010

Thanks to Stone the Crows


The Coppull Folk Club wish to thank the Stone the Crows morris team for their incredibly generous gesture in donating their entire performance fee to the free festival ! This has been a great boost to our very limited finances, and was a gesture that left us all feeling very humble. Please try to support their performances ( which are great ) in any way you can !l feeling very humble.


Martin Baker RIP 3 June 2010

It is with deep regret and condolences to his family and friends that we share the news of the sudden death of Martin Baker on the morning of Thursday 3 June 2010. The previous evening Martin had been a part of Coppull Folk's regular singaround and as usual played a lively an active part in the event.

Martin's funeral will be on Friday 11th June at 2pm at St Annes church, Shevington, followed at 3pm by the crematorium on the A49 at Euxton, followed by a reception at the Bowling Green pub on the A49 near Charnock Richard, from about 4pm. Martin's family invite his music friends to all three.

Martin was a vital part of the folk scene in Wigan as well as at Coppull and Crooke. The truly amazing thing was this was true, yet he never sung a folk song. He would regale us with old country songs from George Jones, Hank Williams and many others with a smattering of Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson and John Prine all sung in his "authentic" Nashville accent.

Martin simply wanted the best in everything, when he sang he performed, when he performed he entertained to the best of his ability. When he joined in and accompanied he knew exactly how the song would go best, sometime he was wrong, but he always contributed to the maximum.

Martin contributed behind the scenes, helping to organise festivals and events. He was particularly active in getting the festival in 2010 off the ground and much of what will take place in just a few days time will be to his credit.

Read more: Martin Baker RIP 3 June 2010

Transported and Making Good

Erstwhile member of Coppull Folk, Simon Goodfellow has been making his mark in Nova Scotia, Canada. In that strange and alien land he seems to have got himself caught up with some quaint local game and be helping the tiny community of Lawrencetown in their attempt to win the national Hockeyville competition. As part of his contribution Simon wrote a song and it was arranged and performed by a band of 16 years olds from the local High School. 

If your wondering what this is all about then visit the Lawrencetown Hockeyville site. 

Back to the Alison Arms

For the third time Coppull Folk returns to the Alison Arms, which has been home for the club for most of its life. Singarounds are every Wednesday from 25 November 2009 at 9pm. Any acoustic performance is welcome. Come to play, sing, recite or just to listen.

Goodbye to the Oak Tree

After spending most of the year based in the Oak Tree the club has had to move on as the pub is closing. A big thank you to our hosts at the Oak Tree Jo, Gareth for their hospitality. A particularly thank you for Andy the every cheerful barman who did so much to provide a convivial atmosphere. The next singaround is at 9pm on Wednesday 25 November at the Alison Arms.

Wednesday 14 October

Wednesday 14 October The club sadly lost two of it's stalwart members earlier in the week when Simon and Sandra - who have run the club for a few years - departed these shores for a new life in Nova Scotia. Phil Reagan has stepped into the slot and will be run things. A strong crowd of 12 contributed to the singaround this week. The singaround starts a 9pm every Wednesday night at the Oak Tree.

What does remain is to thank Simon and Sandra for all their hard work and input these past years, keeping the club on track and the website maintained. We want to thank them for everything but also wish them all the very best for the future in their new home and locality.

Wigan Folk Club - Annual Reunion

Wigan Folk Club

Annual Reunion & 45th Birthday Celebration


Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th July 2009



Friday 3rd: Royal Oak

9pm onwards in the beer garden if weather permits

Hard Times + Singaround and possible Showcase Spots



Saturday 4th: Royal Oak

9pm onwards in the beer garden if weather permits

Rare Ould Times + Singaround and possible Showcase Spots



Sunday 5th: Keepers Inn

Bouncy Castle + Barbecue - make a family day of it!

2pm onwards: Singaround + Showcase Spots by Local Artistes

Evening: Malt Loaf + Singaround


Artistes who have been invited to do showcase spots include (in no particular order): Bob Evans, Geoff Newman, Derek Docherty, Mike Gallagher, David Taylor, The Piecans, The Blackburns, Ron Lidgard, Phil Bullen, Terry Kinney, Andrew Cantwell, .....




(Raffles will be run to cover expenses)


See blog at for finalised details


The next Free Folk Festival is 2010

Unfortunately due to the move of venue and simply not enough time to get things organised the Coppull Free Folk Festival has been cancelled for 2009. Apologies to all of you how anticipated a great weekend in mid-June.

Please expect the festival to be return in 2010, as we fully anticipate it doing.