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I am delighted to report that ROOTS IN MANCHESTER' was a resounding success!

The performers and audience alike all agreed that the venue was comfortable, welcoming, acoustically great and in all respects ideal for the music on offer.

Geoff Higginbottom provided us with wit and wisdom and a great variety of songs.

Pete Robinson (sole survivor of The Mather-Robinson Band on this occasion) gave us some great songs and stories accompanied, as always, by superb mandola playing.

The Ukrainian Black sea Cossacks brought a flavour of Ukraine to the proceedings (as well as a wonderful dance by Grandma and Grandad!)

Stanley Accrington was - well - Stanley Accrington. We were regaled by songs about May (the person not the month) Trump (the person, not the sound) and educated by The History Of The Monarchy and an explanation of the European Union, all in his own inimitable style.

To round off the evening we were treated to the sounds of Klezmer Music by Hard Times Kapelye a six-piece band specialising in Jewish wedding music.

Thanks to the great work by the sound engineer Andy Melnyk and the attentions of the bar staff and volunteers the whole evening was a great occasion.

Be assured, plans are already afoot for 'Roots In Manchester #2'

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