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: Linda Johnson & Mark Parsons (The Bridge Inn), Debbie, Louise & Chris (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 Inn 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 18th year with another cracker lined up, get your weekend booked, you will not be disappointed.
with just two old guitars, an upright bass and a bucket full of aching harmony, they preach country blues like you never heard, there's a hint of Hank, a twist of Waylon and a little Gram in there too... it's up and down, soft and loud and swings that big ol' country snake like a born bad ass ... ju
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.
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
Heidi Browne is a BBC Introducing Pick for 2013, who in early 2014 was crowned the overall winner of OpenMicUK. She was also shortlisted for Jamie Cullum's Big Audition in 2011.