By Kieran Chadha

Colne Valley Male Voice Choir is branching out for their next concert.

On Saturday July 13, at St Bartholomew’s Church in Marsden, they’ll welcome Brown Wimpenny – an 11-piece folk band from the other side of the Pennines to join them in concert and – along with Colne Valley Boys – will present an evening of wonderful music making full of contrasts.

“We’re always keen to try something new,” said Thom Meredith, musical director of the choir.

“Musical collaborations provide amazing opportunities for sharing a love of music making. We’ve shared the stage with exceptional brass bands, choirs and orchestras in the area, but performing with a folk band is a really interesting and exciting opportunity.”

Brown Wimpenny is an up-and-coming folk ensemble who describe themselves as ‘young singers of old songs and new dancers of old jigs.’

They’re based in south Manchester but have performed across the country, with upcoming appearances announced for Cambridge Folk Festival and Green Man Festival later this year.



Brown Wimpenny bring amazing energy and passion to their music – creating a real sense of atmosphere – and this will only be enhanced by the venue in Marsden.

Colne Valley MVC, Brown Wimpenny and Colne Valley Boys will each perform individually as well as collaborating in joint pieces.

Thom added: “The evening will be really special – perfect for fans of folk music, followers of the choir, or anyone interested in listening to something new.

“We can’t wait to hear how the choirs and the band sound together. Do come along and join us!’

The concert – An Evening of Folk (and other stuff) – takes place at 7.30pm on Saturday July 13 at St Bartholomew’s Church, Marsden.

Tickets are available in the village, from Katie’s Homemade Kitchen, or online (booking fee applies) at


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