Chorley 'July Wakes' Folk Festivals at Charnock Richard in Lancashire. 23-25th July 1976 and 15-17th July 1977.

In 1976 and 1977 Chorley became the centre of the folk world, with the July Wakes Festivals aiming to be the North’s answer to the Cambridge Folk Festival.
They were both held at Park Hall, Charnock Richard, part of the site of Camelot Theme Park, and featured major artists alongside more local ones.
A third festival was being planned for 1978 with Lindisfarne as headliners but it was victim to a cash shortage.
I had the good fortune to attend both festivals along with my first camera, a Zenit-B SLR, and these are some of the first ever 'Folk music' photos taken with it.

Mike Harding


Five Hand Reel
Five Hand Reel

Alan Stivell
Five Hand Reel
Almanac
Biggles Wartime Band
Barbara Dixon
Biggles Wartime Band
Barry Dransfield

Bothy Band
Gordon Giltrap

Bothy Band
Dave Swarbrick
Fairport Convention
Tom Yates
Fairport Convention
Dave Swarbrick
Hedgehog Pie 1976
Gay and Terry Woods
Mary Asquith
Gay and Terry Woods
Hedgehog Pie 1976
John Prine
Jack the Lad
John Prine
Jack the Lad
John Prine and Steve Goodman
Hedgehog Pie 1977
Dave Burland
Hedgehog Pie 1977
June Tabor
Nic Jones and June Tabor

Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Martin Simpson
Michael Chapman
Martin Simpson
Michael Chapman
New Celeste
Oldham Tinkers
Tim Rose
Oldham Tinkers

John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett

Spriguns
Wally Whyton
Tom Tiddlers Ground
Trevor Crozier and Friend

Chieftains
Pete Farrow

Crowd Scenes

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