MERRY HELL. FRIDAY 1ST MARCH 2024. Lowdham Village Hall 8PM


Well – this group smashed it at Cropredy this year when they kicked off the festival (after Fairport’s Intro) with an amazing, lively set which had the audience singing/dancing and shouting their enthusiasm –

of course, we knew they would!!  We just had to invite them back!

The sound of dreams realised, joy unconfined, your favourite yesterdays returning and the promise of tomorrow. Merry Hell are all this and more

Multi-award winning Merry Hell offer joyful, uplifting folk-rock, with a message of hope for troubled times.  Native to the North-West of England, the 8-piece musical charabanc emerged from the embers of the much-loved folk-punk band The Tansads, before developing a life and feel all of its own.  Their energy and passion is complemented by their love of what they do and desire to share hope and togetherness with as many people as possible.  Through 6 well-received albums and hundreds of gigs, they’ve offered voices of hope and beacons of light to anyone valuing both melody and positive humanity.  Their live appearances have won many admirers, a recent review referred to ‘every performance a celebration’ and they are currently holders of’s Best Live Band Award.  The group performs as either a full electric 8-piece or a slimmed down, more acoustic 6-piece but offer all the songs, all the spirit and all the energy. Emergency Lullabies, their latest album, gained wonderful reviews, significant airplay and a place in the UK Official Folk Chart, with the 2021 single When We Meet Again hitting No.8 in the USA Folk Radio charts – all confirming that this is a band on the rise!  The band have just added fiddle player Simon Swarbrick to the line up, nephew of the Fairport Convention legend Dave Swarbrick – completing a circle as Swarb contributed a fiddle part to a track on Merry Hell’s second album.

During 2014, Merry Hell played over twenty festivals, including a highlight support slot to Richard Thompson at Towersey, undertook its first national tour in Spring, a further tour in October, plus a ten date acoustic jaunt around the folk clubs and arts centres of Northern Britain. This was accompanied by the release of two self-produced videos and an EP previewing tracks from the new album, The Ghost In Our House and other stories… In addition to this feverish activity, the band was at the centre of ‘The Armistice Pals’, a project instigated and coordinated by its manager. This involved over forty folk artists and over a hundred more voices from the wider folk community, brought together to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and to celebrate the inspiration of Pete Seeger through a re-recording of ‘Where Have All The Flowers Gone’. The project gained national and international support and has recently been the winner of two awards.

AWARD WINNERS: Best Live Act 2020 & 2018
FATEA Award: Best Group/Duo 2015 Best Band 2018 & 2019

FolkWords Award: Best Album 2016: ‘Bloodlines’
FATEA Award: Best Single/EP 2017:
‘Come On, England!

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