It is with great sadness that we report the death, last Thursday, of the Wigan Diggers’ Festival and North West folk scene stalwart Joan Blackburn. She was loved by so many people and will be sorely missed by them all.
Our deepest condolences go out to her family and close friends. We share in their sorrow with love, friendship, and support.
As a tribute to Joan, here’s the words to a song penned by Terry Kinney which helps to express our thoughts of her at this sad time.
A Song for Joan
Details of her funeral will be posted when they become known.
RIP – Joan Blackburn
Here’s the second of the three videos commissioned by the Wigan Diggers’ Festival Committee, produced for us by First Take in Liverpool. This one features many familiar faces from our annual event, as well as the excellent new song “Come on England” composed by Festival Committee member Bob Kettle, performed by local band and former festival headliners Merry Hell. Hope to see lots of you there again this year.
Wigan Diggers’ Festival Committee would like to invite you to this year’s Bolton ‘Warm Up’ Bash at the Socialist Club, Wood Street, Bolton on Saturday 22nd July.
The event will take place between 3.00pm and 10.30pm.
We have a great bill of guest performers including: The Earthquakers, Road to Poppyville, James Holt, Gary O’Gorman, Charlotte Mary, Gareth Evans, Tony Harper, Ian Whiteley, Gordon Zola, Daniel Dwyran, Stephen Gall, Andy N, Potting Shed Pete, John Wilmington and our regular Master of Ceremonies Jeffarama.
Hopefully see of you there.
If you would like to book a stall for your organisation, community group, co-operative or small business at this year’s festival then please download Wigan Diggers’ Festival 2017 – Stall Application Form, complete as appropriate and return, along with your payment to the address provided.
Prospective stallholders are advised to book their pitch, tables, gazebos, chairs, etc, as soon as possible to avoid missing out, as the demand for space is growing year on year.
Eyup folks, here’s this year’s festival flyer, which we will be distributing at this weekend’s Manchester and Salford May Day events, including Saturday’s ‘Defend Our NHS March’ which assembles at 11.00am at All Saints, Oxford Road, Manchester, for those of you who can make it.
Starring Ken Loach, Jimmy McGovern and a cast of thousands
First of three videos commissioned by the Wigan Diggers’ Festival Committee, produced for us by First Take in Liverpool. A big thanks to Jane Farley and her team for their sterling work.