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Loom Festival: Stick in the Wheel

Trouble At Mill
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LOOM Festival 2018: Sunny Bank Mills and Trouble At Mill present Stick in the Wheel


Pushing the boundaries of this music hard, with such energy and intensity, has brought connections with new, modern audiences, who can’t get enough of this vibrant band.

East London five-piece folk band Stick In The Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Their debut “From Here”(2015) was fRoots magazine Album of the Year and a MOJO Folk Album of the Year, with four BBC Folk Award nominations since their inception in 2013. Known for Kearey’s fierce, working-class delivery, this is culturally and politically switched on music, with the group being widely commended for their timely appraisal of English Folk, and their skill in telling stories through song that reconnect modern audiences to the past - drawing unexpected parallels between then and now.

Their second album 'Follow Me True' is released on 26th January 2018. The songs within examine rituals and cycles, our inherent power to change ourselves and the world around us, the past repeating itself, ghosts and death, land and place, thieves and beggars. It continues to question the notion of what folk music is, and what it means in 2018. The new album expands the radical sound of their debut to include electronic and found sounds, using a broader sonic palette to create a greater depth full of layers and meaning, yet at the same time remaining totally connected with the tradition.

“A great live band…acoustic with attitude” The Guardian

“Taking the folk scene by storm" BBC Radio Scotland

“A shot in the arm for contemporary folk music” The Independent

"Rich in attitude and uncompromising intent" MOJO

With Support From

Thom Ashworth
'Adventurous, exciting, and highly effective.' - fRoots

'Once you’ve heard him, you won’t forget that superb tenor voice or the unique sound the tracks on this EP have to offer.' - Folk Radio UK

The Redwood River Band


Harvey's Curry Canteen opens at 7.00pm. £5.00 per person. Cash only.

The bar is cash-only and the one place in the world you can get a bottle of Marcus's special edition, TAM ale.


The mill is wheelchair accessible on the first floor. Guide dogs welcome. No hearing loop. This event is suitable for anyone aged 16+.


Please reserve tickets now -. Once we’re sold out we'll run a waiting list and let those people on the waiting list know first if tickets are released.

Returns are made available on the door at 7.30pm.

Sunnybank Mills (behind Sunnybank Mills Art Gallery).

Doors 7pm. Please arrive by 7.30pm. Returns available on the door at 7.30pm.