The Audlem Festival began in 2000 as an idea by then resident Paul Moran. Paul had moved to Audlem for some peace and quiet having lived in inner-city Manchester for the last 30 years. Paul was amazed that such a small village had so many talented and in many cases full-time professional musicians and artists.
Paul decided that the Audlem Carnival should join with musicians and artists to form a weekend of great music and art exhibitions combined. A team was assembled, and Paul along with Ralph Warburton, Lorraine Parker and local artist Annabel Thornton set about creating a festival.
Since 2000 the whole project has developed into an annual treat for music and art lovers across the country, and festival attendance continues to grow.
The Pubs: Gary & Vicky Bellingham (The Bridge Inn), Debbie (The Shroppie Fly), Allan & Jo Brown (The Lord Combermere)
Audlem really is Cheshire's southern gem, a picturesque rural village with incredible community spirit. A great venue for the festival. In 2005 the village won the DEFRA national award for 'Building Community Life' and the 'North of England Village of the Year' as well as the 'Cheshire Village of the Year'.
Audlem is where the Shires meet. Shropshire is a short walk away on the Shropshire Union Canal and Staffordshire minutes away by car. Audlem's three main roads are, appropriately, Cheshire Street, Stafford Street and Shropshire Street.
The village has three excellent pubs, the Shroppie Fly and the Bridge next to the canal and the Lord Combermere in the village centre. All three become music venues over the festival weekend. We are now in our 17th year with another cracker lined up, get your weekend booked, you will not be disappointed.
Jeremiah Ferrari is a rocky roots, reggae and ska quartet that has been turning heads with its punk rock take on traditional Jamaican dancehall, reggae and dub. Currently working on their first album.
Kit and the Icefish — a four piece band bringing together a diverse group of musicians who present their varied musical experiences to give their audience an enjoyable pot-pourri of rock, blues and an occasional unstoppable penchant for funk. Their multitudinous influences include Neil Young, Stevi
The King's Pistol are a unique, acoustic-driven trio from Cheshire. Formed in late 2014, the band secured a number of plays of their demo tracks on BBC Introducing, which encouraged them to record their debut album 'Long was the Road, Dark was the Night.' The Album was recorded over 4 days, en
The Idioms were formed in autumn 2015, the result of a musical reunion between songwriters, Gillie Nicholls (Albion Band) and Gary Hurlstone (Smiling Knives), who were then joined by the talented violin player, Jamie Parkes. Independently, they have all performed throughout the UK and the Far East a