Live performance every Friday on Mike Kneafsey Guitar Facebook Page around 8pm

Gigs have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic …

new songs and covers are uploaded onto my channel on YouTube

Forthcoming Gigs 2019

Taking bookings now for 2019 text 07760888050 or e mail

June 21st (Sunday) 3.20pm – Sweeney Astray live at the Middle Earth Beer & Music Festival 2019 at Waddow Hall, Clitheroe

June 24th (Wednesday) to June 29th (Monday) – Mike is away at Camp Bestival

August 4th (Sunday) 1.55pm – Mike Kneafsey & Katie Ritson live at Foxy Fest 2019 – acoustic stage at the Jungle Clitheroe

August the 4th (Sunday) Mike is running Mike’s Open Mic at the The Talbot in Euton near Chorley

August the 10th (Saturday 3.30pm) – Mike Kneafsey (of Sweeney Astray) and Shug Millidge (of The Revelators) live at Clitheroe Food Festival 2019 at the Brown Cow pub, Clitheroe

August the 10th (Saturday) 8pm Mike Kneafsey private function gig Rawtenstall

September the 7th (Saturday) 8pm Mike Kneafsey private function gig in Haslingden

September 13th (Friday) pm – Sweeney Astray live at the Hurst Green Wine & Beer Festival 2019 at Hurst Green Village Hall

September 21st (Saturday) 8pm Mike Kneafsey private function gig in South Manchester

rozi plain gig poster

Sweeney Astray will be playing at the Grand Venue in Clitheroe on Friday February the 1st 2019 as support for Rozi Plain as part of Independent Venues Week. Visit Songkick to track this event and for tickets.

September 2nd (Sunday) – Hosting an open mic at The Talbot, Euxton nr Chorley phone 01257 221267 (takes place on the last Sunday of every month).

September 8th (Saturday) Mike Kneafsey Solo at the Bailiff Bar in Wigan at 7pm

September 14th (Friday) Mike Kneafsey Solo at The Alehouse Clitheroe

September 29th (Saturday) private function gig Penwortham Preston

September 30th (Sunday) Mike’s Open Mic at the Talbot in Euxton Chorley

October 5th (Friday) Sweeney Astray live at Dulcimer Manchester

October 6th (Saturday) Mike Kneafsey Solo at Chorley Live at The Shed 7pm and The White Bull at 9pm.

October 13th (Saturday) Mike Kneafsey Solo at the Rose &Crown in Chorley

October 26th (Friday) Mike Kneafsey Solo at the Hare and Hounds Padiham near Burnley

October 28th (Sunday) Mike’s Open Mic at the Talbot Euxton near Chorley

October 29th (Monday) Music Mondays at the Alehouse in Clitheroe

November 3rd (Saturday) Mike Kneafsey & Katie Ritson private function in Barnoldswick

November 10th (Saturday) Mike Kneafsey Solo at the Rose and Crown in Chorley

November 15th (Thursday) Sweeney Astray live recording at the Grand Clitheroe for Ribble FM 

November 17th (Saturday) Mike Kneafsey at the Social Club Darwen 

November 23rd (Friday) Sweeney Astray live at Mellor Brook Village Hall

November 26th (Monday) Music Mondays hosted by Mike Kneafsey at The Ale House, Clitheroe

December 1st (Saturday) Mike Kneafsey Solo with It’s Live Promotions venue tbc

December 2nd (Sunday) hosting Mike’s Open Mic at The Talbot in Euxton, Chorley

December 21st (Friday) Mike Kneafsey Solo at the Flaming Grill in Chorley

December 24th (Christmas Eve) Mike Kneafsey live at the Ale House Clitheroe

PLAY RED TO BLUE song by Mike Kneafsey

poster lost club

Next playing…

Kelfest at Earby with Katie Ritson on Saturday August the 4th at 7pm

The Lost Bar & Club Chorley on Saturday August the 4th 9pm until late

Clitheroe Food Festival the outddor Grand stage on Saturday August the 11th at 2pm

Formby’s Hindley Wigan on Saturday August the 11th at 9pm until late

Sweeney Astray playing live at Dulcimer in Manchester on Friday October the 25th

Previous gigs

Playing a private party in Ribbleton Preston Sat July 28th

Running an open mic at the Talbot in Euxton Chorley Sunday July 29th

katie mike

Sweeney Astray are playing an intimate live set at the Crown & Kettle in the northern quarter in Manchester on Friday May the 11th 2018.

Mike Kneafsey – lead vocals/guitar

Katie Ritson – vocals/guitars

Anna Ashworth – cahon

 On Sunday 8th April Mike Kneafsey recorded and filmed a new track entitled – So Not Alone – at a lighthouse in Birkenhead on the Wirral with Coda presents…

He also did a live version of Sonnet by the Verve.

pear tree

Mike’s next gig is the Pear Tree on Saturday April th 14th 2018 at 8.30pm followed by a night at the Red Lion in Earby near Barnoldswick on April 28th 2018.


Saturday March 10th The Lock & Quaye Chorley

Friday March 16th The Angel 39 Preston

Saturday March 17th Lost Bar & Club Chorley

Friday March 23rd The Pear Tree Penwortham

Friday March 30th Private Party Bolton


Saturday April 14th The Pear Tree Penwortham

Saturday April 28th The Red Lion Earby

Sunday April 29th Open Mic Euxton tba


Saturday May 5th Fornby’s Wigan

Saturday May 11th Sweeney Astray @The Crown & Kettle, The Northern Quarter, Manchester

Sunday May 27th Open Mic Euxton


Friday June 1st Dog Inn Chorley

Saturday June 2nd West Kirby Live

Saturday June 9th Fornby’s Wigan

Saturday June 30th Fornby’s Wigan


Sunday July 1st OPen Mic Wigan tba

Saturday July 28th Fornby’s Wigan

Sunday July 29th Open Mic Euxton

Mike at the Ferret3

Previous gigs

Saturday December 23rd Mike Kneafsey live at 9pm,  the Pear Tree Penwortham

Christmas Eve Sunday December 24th The Smithy Inn Much Hoole

Boxing Day Tuesday December 26th Mike Kneafsey live at 9pm Dunkirk Hall Leyland

New Years Eve Sunday afternoon 2-5pm 31st December Mike Kneafsey/Ruben James plus open mic at the Drummers Arms, Blackburn

New Years Eve tba

Thursday January 4th 2018 Sweeney Astray Acoustic at the Art of Tea Chorlton Manchester

Sunday January 28th 2018 Sweeney Astray Acoustic live at the Crown & Kettle Manchester

Sunday February 4th 2018 Mike Kneafsey guest slot at the open mic The Crown Darwen

Saturday September 16th at 7.30pm Sweeney Astray (Mike on acoustic and vocals with Anna Ashworth on cahon) live at the Old Courts Wigan Folk Festival

Saturday 30th at 1pm Sweeney Astray live at the Flag Market Preston (full band) as part of the Peoples’ Festival Preston 2017

Saturday 30th September at 4pm Propori live at Sunbird Records Darwen (Mike on vocals and electric guitar) 

October 12th – 15th Sweeney Astray live at Lancaster Music Festival 2017 


Published by mikekneafseyguitar

Musician, blogger, songwriter and guitar tutor. Full time professional musician/tutor since 2005. Originally graduated in Sociology, trained and worked as a local journalist before working in FE teaching and environmental education.

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