A Knutsford Lions Fundraiser – The Houghton Weavers
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The Houghton Weavers are an English folk music band formed in 1975, in Westhoughton, Bolton, Lancashire, England. The current band members are David Littler (acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, banjo-ukulele, bouzouki, piano accordion and vocals), Steve Millington (bass guitar, keyboards, acoustic guitar, piano accordion and vocals) and Jim Berry (guitar, harmonica and vocals).
David Littler is a founder member of the band, Steve Millington joined in 1996, and Jim Berry joined in 2017. Jim’s brother Tony Berry had been a founder member of the band but died in June 2019.
They sing mainly English folk music, much of it in Lancashire dialect, as well as folk versions of easy listening hits. The group demonstrate an eclectic range of song subjects including “The Blackpool Belle”, “Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls” and “The Lion of Vienna” in accolade of footballer Nat Lofthouse.
They are best known for their BBC TV show Sit Thi Deawn (Lancashire dialect for “have a seat”, referring to the hospitality of Lancashire people). The programme ran for six series or seven years and was a mixture of easy listening music and comedy for a local audience. The group also starred in six of their own series for BBC Radio 2.