We have an extra dance side appearing at the festival.
Stone the Crows are a Border Morris side based in Leyland in Lancashire, and with over 40 members, are a well-established group of ordinary men and women who share a passion for English traditional dance.
The Border tradition originates from the English / Welsh border counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Shropshire.
In lean times such as winter, agricultural workers would take to the streets to dance for money, disguising their faces and wearing tattered coats to grab your attention.
Their raucous stick dances derive from the towns and villages along the border, brought to life with energetic musicians and an irreverent sense of fun. . Some of the dances are traditional, collected and recorded by those keen to preserve Britain’s rural, cultural heritage as the rise of industry, cities, transportation and even war threatened to wipe them out.
Other dances demonstrate a modern tradition, with collecting and sharing of tunes and dances between fellow Border teams. They have a few dances they’ve created too, like ‘Sod Hall’, ‘S.T.C’ and ‘Ratty’. As part of a living tradition, their repertoire changes as new dances are learned and older ones given a rest.
The Unthanks are performing How The Wild Wind Blows at the Forum Barrow on Sunday 7 May at 7.30 pm
Molly Drake, mother of Nick Drake, and poet and songwriter in her own right, made recordings at home during the 1950s with the help of her husband, and though never released at the time, share plenty of common ground with her celebrated son’s – charming and bittersweet, yet dark and pensive. In the eyes of the Mercury-nominated Unthanks, Molly’s work is extraordinary enough to rank alongside and independently of Nick’s.
In addition to the live re-imaginings by The Unthanks the audio-visual concert will feature film footage of Molly Drake, and her poetry, recorded and spoken by daughter Gabrielle Drake.
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Tickets £20 available, please visit the website or ring the Box Office on (01229) 820000.
We are delighted to announce the return of Vicky Swann and Jonny Dyer to the Furness Tradition Festival. They made quite an impact with our audiences in 2013 when, as well as playing as a duo, they also performed ‘The Whispering Road’ with Nick Hennessey.
Vicki and Jonny have developed a strong reputation for a delivering great performances time and time again. Once known mainly for for their instrumental skills with Scottish smallpipes, accordion and Swedish nyckelharpa, they are now being accepted as impressive song arrangers and writers.
They blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst creating original self penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition.
We received this interesting information from Ian Boyle, a member of both Furness Tradition and Furness Morris:-
Last year Philip Minchom, a colleague in the Lake District National Park Authority volunteers, was researching the history of the wrought iron targets which exist at several sites in the district. The nearest to Ulverston are below Bursting Stones quarry on the east side of Walna Scar track and in the moss just south of Blea Tarn, Langdale.
He found that the targets were set up in the 1st half of the 19th century (ca 1830-40) for training the Volunteer Regiments which were a very early form of “Home Guard” in a politically unstable period. Philip was intrigued when I told him about the Ulverston & Whitehaven Volunteers tunes so I sent him copies of the music only to receive the attached mp3 today.
He’d sent the dots to a friend of his, Ric Sanders no less, who returned these files which Phil passed on as a thanks for the information.
Listen to it now.