Thank you to our fantastic audience.

The total raised for Wigan and and Leigh Hospice over the last 2 concerts of 2016 was a fantastic:   £750.00 

Acoustic Roots Wigan will continue!

David’s well-established legacy will carry on, run by a committee made up of David Hiney, Daniel Hiney and Ian Cleverdon.

Our first concerts will be The Changing Room in November and a very special one-off, never to be repeated concert featuring Ashley Hutchings MBE, Blair Dunlop and Judy Dunlop in December. More are in the pipeline for 2017 already.

Dates and ticket prices for this year’s concerts are being finalised as I type and we shall keep you informed of the details very soon.

Huge thanks to everyone for their support…please keep it coming. See you down the road…

Ian, David and Dan xxx

 David Cartlidge RIP

For those who don’t already know…….Sadly David Cartlidge, the founder of Acoustic Roots, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Sunday morning after a long period of illness.

Many of you will know that David continued to run Acoustic Roots whilst also suffering a long and difficult illness. He continued to promote the best in Acoustic music, bringing some fantastic artists to Wigan Parish Church. Sadly his battle with this illness came to an end in the early hours of last Sunday.

A Message from David’s Family:

Ruth, Tom, Nick, James and family would like to thank everyone who offered their support over the last few months and in particular they would like to thank all the amazing staff at Wigan & Leigh Hospice for their outstanding care and support.

Link to the Fatea Magazine Review of Ashley Hutchings gig


Welcome to the New Website

After a lot of planning and debate and a little work we are pleased to launch the new website ready for the 2016 season. We hope you like the new layout and content. Please check out the events page for more details about the new seasons shows. We have another fantastic year lined up.

Please remember that your support is necessary to keep Acoustic Roots Wigan running, we receive no funding from anywhere so our only revenue is from ticket sales. As you will appreciate a lot goes into running the shows so your support is vital. Without ticket sales we cannot keep running……………..

Anyway hope you like the new website and the 2016 program, please let us know what you think.

Mark Harrison – On the Chicken Sandwich Train CD

This was recorded live at Wigan Parish Church and is available from Mark Harrison’s website

The concert in April last year was hugely successful, Mark received 3 encores and we hope will return to Wigan soon. Till then I suggest you buy the CD to see just how good he was……

Congratulations to David, Michelle and the team at Symphony Music on winning the MIA Award for ‘Best small instrument retailer in the UK’.

Those of you who know Symphony Music will know that this is well deserved. ……………and they support Acoustic Roots by selling tickets and publicizing  our events.

 Robb Johnson – Gentle Men.

CD will be released on 6 November.

“Gentle Men” tells the stories of Robb Johnson’s grandfathers, Ernest Johnson and Harry Jenner. The songs present the effect of history on two of its statistics, two gentle men, who survived the First World War, but were forever in its shadow. Since the 2013 release of the highly acclaimed multi-artist double CD of “Gentle Men”, Robb Johnson has been performing these songs not just with other musicians but also solo. For these performances, Robb has developed a spoken word narrative that links and informs the narrative of the songs.

This recording was taken at a performance in Wigan Parish Church in May 2015. As David Cartlidge, the promoter of that concert, says in the booklet notes to this double CD: “The spoken word sections added immeasurably to the story and strengthened its universal nature … the overall performance was visceral, totally engaging and a privilege to witness”.

As you maybe aware this release was crowd-funded through Kickstarter so  thank you to all those of you who contributed.

See Robb’s website for further details.

More news on future releases of Acoustic Roots concerts soon!!!

Ashley Hutchings MBE

Acoustic Roots would like to congratulate Ashley on being made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the Queens Birthday Honours List. This richly deserved honour is in  recognition of his huge service to British Folk Music.

 Acoustic Roots Podcast

Check out the New Acoustic Roots Podcast, created by Ian Cleverdon..
A special edition in which we catch up with Fabian Holland during his UK tour promoting his forthcoming album, ‘A Day Like Tomorrow’. We hear about his songwriting, his boat and most importantly we hear two tracks played exclusively in session for us: ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ and ‘Spring’.
We also have a brief chat with promoter David Cartlidge about the forthcoming Acoustic Roots gigs with Geoff Muldaur (Tues 28 April) and Gentle Men (Fri 29 May).

Click this link to listen: Acoustic Roots Podcast 3

1st Acoustic Roots Podcast

Check out the first Acoustic Roots Podcast, created by Ian Cleverdon and featuring an interview with David Cartlidge.

Click this link to listen: Acoustic Roots Podcast 1

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