The festival, now in its 9th year, is a FREE fun packed event open to the public which celebrates the life and ideas of locally born Gerrard Winstanley (1609-1676) and the 17th century Diggers’ movement he was the inspirational leader of.
A pioneer Socialist who believed in common ownership and the right of access of everyone to land to dig and sow in order to feed themselves; Gerrard Winstanley is famous amongst activists for human equality and social justice the World over. He is also Wigan’s most famous historical figure.
Come and join a great family friendly day out with live music and poetry on two stages, historical re-enactment, speakers’ corner, educational talks, film showings, Diggers’ puppet show, and all day children’s entertainment. They’ll also have over 50 food, book, campaign and other stalls to browse, and the ever popular beer tent with an excellent choice of locally brewed real ales, traditional ciders, Belgian fruit beer and award winning keg lager.
Visit wigandiggersfestival.org for more information.
Skinner & T'witch
Skinner & T'witch are an original folk duo from Leeds. Music to melt the heart, with driving rhythms, strong vocals/harmonies, and a flamenco-inspired guitar style.
An eclectic range of styles and influences, including the music hall, musical theatre, and the tradition of Great British satire.
'Fans of good vocal harmony folk should check out Skinner & T'witch.' - Telegraph Folk Music See 23 tour dates featuring Skinner & T'witch
Harp And A Monkey
Songs about cuckolded molecatchers, a lone English oak tree that grows at Gallipoli, care in the community and medieval pilgrims...we can only be talking about the folk experimentalists Harp and a Monkey. Their electro-folk storytelling is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance. See 3 tour dates featuring Harp And A Monkey
Attila The Stockbroker
Attila is a sharp-tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter. His themes are topical, his words hard-hitting, his politics unashamedly radical, but Attila will make you roar with laughter as well as seethe with anger.
'Whether he's ranting a poem or bashing out a song, there is something magnificent about Attila in full flight' (Ian McMillan BBC Radio 4). See 2 tour dates featuring Attila The Stockbroker
Consisting of flutes, whistles, harps, bodhrans, guitars, bouzoukis and vocals, four piece London band, Ranagri, fuse Celtic folk with original song writing and vibrant instrumentals, along with influences from folk music worldwide. See 2 tour dates featuring Ranagri
John D Revelator
Glastonbury 5 piece acoustic smile poppers. John, Ann, G, Smudge and Paul rock out a range of folky, bluesy, country, punky originals which detail and poke fun at diverse subjects as heartbreak, love, politics, drug abuse and dead footballers with catchy toe tapping tunes and well crafted lyrics.
Albums - "Shed Sessions Vol2" (November 2013) "Revelution!" (Novermber 2014)
Both are available for download on Bandcamp - physical CDs from the band themselves.
Come on feel the Revelators! See John D Revelator tour dates
' ... a very, very brilliant writer' - Richard Digance
'A masterclass in live performance' - Tina Redford, MusicLeader
'Great, fantastic, brilliant, mind blowing and inspiring' - Your Southern Sister, Manchester Is Music See Darren Poyzer tour dates
Jess Silk is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from the Black Country who has been penning songs since her early teens. Over the past few years her style has developed into a husky, shouty brand of folk music that often has her being likened to a female Frank Turner or Billy Bragg.
Jess has enjoyed playing support slots for the likes of Justin Sullivan (New Model Army), T.V. Smith (The Adverts), and Attila the Stockbroker to name a few. Taking inspiration from her favourite artists (such as the Levellers, Frank Turner, Billy Bragg), Jess is heavily lyric-focused, writing songs inspired by current events on a world-wide and a much more local scale. See 6 tour dates featuring Jess Silk