the virtual folk club - video recordings

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During the lockdown of 2020, caused by the coronavirus pandemic, many musicians took to the internet to entertain their audiences.


The result was a wealth of musical offerings along with spoken word and, in some cases, sophisticated editing allowing 2 0r more people to perform 'as live' in groups.


The use of 'zoom!' technology soared from 3 million to over 30 million per week and, before long, millions of people were enjoyed virtual folk nights in their own living rooms (or studies, or gardens...)

Here you will find links to just a small selection of some of those videos, but, with a little digging, it should be possible to unearth many more from other sources, notably YouTube and SnapChat.

If you have any videos yourself that you think would be of interest to viewers of this site please get in touch



STEVE CANAVAN'S 'SONG A DAY' VIDEOS                GO TO  OLDHAM RADIO 'SOUNDS OF FOLK'                           GO TO

STE LEECH'S  SONG REQUEST PAGE                           GO TO



Mark's extraordinary catalogue of songs extends to almost 300

(at the last count) Watch them here. 


the eagle, salford - 'online acoustic sessions' videos

The regulars of The Eagle Inn Acoustic Sessions began

meeting online a few weeks after lockdown started and

continued every 2 weeks (the sessions are normally once a month)

Sessions include contributions from Pete Robinson, Dave Mather,

Pete Martin, Stanley Accrington, Christy Morgan, Dominic Vaughan,

eff Williams, Linda Skipper, Mark Dowding, Rick Rybicki,

Lynn Walton and Martin Gittins.


steve canavan's 'song a day' videos

Steve Canavan is the talented songwriter son of the talented songwriter

Mike Canavan, who was a stalwart of the Northewest Folk scene for decades. 

Steve's songs, whilst displaying much of the same clever observational style

as his dad's are uniquely his. 

During lockdown he posted a song a day - until he got bored.

You can watch them here.


oldham community radio - 'sounds of folk' videos

Sounds of Folk, hosted by Bernard Cromarty is a weekly radio programme. During the lockdown the 'sounds' became the 'pictures' when the show took to the internet using Zoom! technology.

In addition, many regulars posted videos of themselves for everyone to enjoy. These and other information about the show are available on their Facebook Page.


ste leech's song request page

Ste Leech is a talented singer, guitarist whose vast range of styles and genres has appeal to a wide audience.

He's constantly in demand for performances at pubs, festivals, parties and private functions, sometimes clocking up five or six appearances over the course of a single weekend.

This hard-working performer has been posting daily songs which you can watch by follwoing the link

the oddfellows, middleton - 'monday night at nine' videos

The Zoom! gatherings from the Oddies are hosted by

Stanley Accrington and feature many of the

regular contibutors.

After each session is made available Stanley

gives a brief summary of the content of the video


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