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Manchester Folk Festival 2023: Ward Knútur Townes @ The Castle Hotel

Part of Manchester Folk Festival 2023. Ward Kn?tur Townes found their sound when the world fell silent. In 2020, these three singer-songwriters were selected to take part in a virtual global music sharing experiment called Global Music Match. Teamed up together, they spent several lockdowns turning their stories into soft harmonies and intricate melodies. This year, they cashed in their stagnant travel points and started recording new material in Iceland. Lucy Ward (Derbyshire, UK) is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and powerhouse performer with a unique ability to inhabit the heart of each song she sings. A BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner, her songs are a mixture of evocative imagery, quiet beauty, passion, protest and tradition all rolled into one. Svavar Kn?tur (Iceland) is a gentle but coarse, decadent troubadour. He summons his inner demons and outer storms to reflect upon the existential crises and frolicking joys of modern day rustic fjord dwelling folk. Recipient of the Anna P?l?na ?rnad?ttir memorial award for folk music excellence in Iceland, Knutur is a humorous storyteller and avid diver into the murky waters of the human condition, a fitting mixture of art and entertainment. Adyn Townes (New Brunswick, Canada) is an award-winning alternative folk artist who uses self-deprecating banter and heartfelt lyrics to disarm any audience. A 5x International Songwriting Competition finalist, Townes? unique voice and honest songwriting set the stage for a show that is high energy yet intimate, beautiful yet clever. With more than a dozen albums between them, Ward Kn?tur Townes are releasing their highly anticipated debut record in October 2023. Venue Access - The whole venue is on one level, but there is a single step at the front of the building. A portable ramp is available if required. There is no accessible toilet, but customers are welcome to use the accessible toilet at Gullivers across the road if needed. There isn?t a dedicated lowered bar area, but customers who may require one are welcome to use the side entrance of the bar (normally marked ?no service?), and our staff will come and serve you from there. Events may be seated or standing, but chairs are always available on request and we will place these at the front of the venue so that you have a clear view of the stage. Please contact us ahead of the show if you would like us to arrange this for you by emailing us at Please note - this event is part of Manchester Folk Festival 2023. Festival wristbands are available to purchase, and gives you access to ALL Manchester Folk Festival shows across three days. For more information please visit

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