The English Country Music Weekend (ECMW) is a weekend for musicians who mainly play English folk or dance music. It is suitable for players of all of the usual (and unusual) instruments used for accompanying dance and song in the British Isles. It consists mainly of a series of music sessions, most of which are lightly led by an established musician. Some are hosted in local pubs, some in local halls. Usually provision is made for Tent, Caravan and Camper Van camping with showers and toilets available. Local hotels and B&B would be available and sometimes breakfast is available locally. Local pubs and restaurants provide other meals. The main event venue will usually be licensed.

I am afraid that the Croston team think that the best plan is to cancel ECMW for 2021 . The date for the weekend is too close to the Government’s end date to be comfortable for both the participants and the local residents.

We do however feel that there may be an opportunity later on in the year for a session day in Croston. We can then be sure that all who want the vaccine will have had it and given it time to work its magic.

I am sure you are all aching, as are we, to get back to music sessions; Zoom is a very poor second best.

It is our intention to run ECMW in Croston in 2022 assuming circumstances allow, and think that the date would be June 24/25/26th 2022. We have asked if the field will be available for camping.

Meanwhile, we hope everyone is staying safe and hope that we can get back to music making in groups soon.

Next year (as 2019) – 2022 ECMW will happen we hope in Croston in West Lancashire on the 24,25 and 26th of June. For a larger map click here.

Some details of last years’s the programme can be found here. We will be updating this for 2022 as the events are organised.

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