THE legendary Houghton Weavers are returning to the island this weekend.
The comedy folk band’s experience in the business, together with their style and professionalism, ensures that, as their motto says, they will always ‘keep folk smiling’.
If you would like to go to an event guaranteed to make you smile then they are performing at the Centenary Centre, in Peel, on Saturday and Sunday evening.
Apart from singing every type of folk song The Houghton Weavers are well known for the comedic interludes, telling jokes, anecdotes or simply relating the funny side of their own lives.
The band sings English folk with a Lancashire dialect.
It is comprised of Tony Berry (lead singer), David Littler (guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Steve Millington (bass and keyboards), was formed in Bolton in 1975.
The trio made their television debut in the BBC’s talent show We’ll Call You.
Within a couple of months they were given their own show Sit Thi Deawn, which continue for six series over seven years and had the highest viewing figures for any regional TV programme.
They have appeared on many other national TV programmes for BBC and ITV including Jim’ll Fix It, This Is Your Life and The Video Entertainers.
Six series on Radio 2 led the Weavers to appear with notable artistes including Cannon & Ball, Ken Dodd, Rick Wakeman, Mike Harding, Billy Connolly, Phil Cool, Jasper Carrott, Norman Wisdom, Mick Miller and Stan Boardman.
They have also starred in six pantomimes at top theatres in the North West.
For five of them they were top of the bill.
An album deal with EMI found the Weavers recording at the famous Abbey Road Studios.
And now more than 24 albums bear their name – many of which have been re-released and are still major sellers.
Their perennial favourite The Blackpool Belle was even a number 1 hit in Tasmania and a number 3 hit in New Zealand.
Their fan club consists of more than 2,000 members.
They are based around the world, and are of all ages.
The band’s original line-up was David Littler and his brother Denis, Norman Prince and Tony Berry.
But Norman and Denis eventually left and keyboard player Steve Millington joined 14 years ago.
The Houghton Weavers will play both nights from 8pm.
Tickets cost £15 and are available at various outlets and online at www.centenarycentre.com.