Concerts coming in early June

Alec Lyon is presenting John Doyle in Concert – Thurs 5th June at Holme Parish Hall, between Kendal & Lancaster, 8:00pm Start. All Tickets £9.00 book on-line at or buy tickets at Holme Post Office

John is a world renowned guitarist & singer – songwriter. A Grammy nominee who has performed for President Obama at the White House & has been lauded with every accolade imaginable in Irish music. Widely considered the finest Irish guitarist performing today his talents have made him one of the most in demand artists in Irish, Bluegrass, Americana & Folk over the last 20 years.

On June 6th our friends at Ulverston Live Music present Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston at Ulverston Sports Club. Tickets are £8.00. Doors open at 7.45 pm. Miranda is well known as the bass player of Show of Hands, whilst Rex, with his exuberant and flamboyant playing style, has built a reputation as one of the finest mandolin players in the UK. Tickets are £8.00.

With Show of Hands off the road for a year, the duo are embarking on an extensive tour of the British Isles in support of their arresting new CD “Sing A Full Song”.

On Saturday 7 June Boo Hewerdine is playing at Water Yeat Village Hall. The concert starts at 8.00 pm and tickets cost £10.00. More information here

The Wilson Family

We are delighted to announce that the Wilson Family have been added to the festival line-up.

The Wilson Family and Sting
The Wilson Family and Sting

The Wilson Family is an instantly recognisable and unfailingly popular feature of the English folk festival and club scene, consisting of sister Pat and brothers Tom, Chris, Steve, Ken and Mike, all members of the same family from Teesside in the North East of England. Like other family groups such as the Watersons and the Coppers – both of whom remain major influences – The Wilsons have an instinctive mutual understanding and the sheer power of these five voices is awesome.

They have always concentrated on doing what they enjoy most – singing to live audiences at clubs and festivals.Their bias has always been towards an interaction with audiences rather than with technology – getting a buzz from the crowd rather that from studio amplifiers!

They recently appeared on BBC 4. The show “Sting. When The Last Ship Sails”, first aired on BBC TV last December, was shown again on BBC4 on Sunday 27th April. The show was recorded at the Public Theater New York for the Launch of Stings new CD “The Last Ship” showcasing the songs for the play/musical of the same name which opens on Broadway later this year. The Wilson Family perform the song “Big Steamers” during the show.


Mary Dunsford plays at Furness General Hospital

The Westmorland Gazette: Mary Dunsford

Mary Dunsford, who leads the Furness Tradition harp workshops (affectionally called the harpies) is playing to patients and visitors at Furness General Hospital.

“It is relaxing and a special touch for our patients, staff and service users,” said Barry Rigg, community engagement manager for the trust. “We are grateful to Mary for sharing her skills and talent within our local hospital.

“Research has shown that the introduction of live music into healthcare can enhance the quality of care, improve communication, empathy and understanding of patients’ needs, reduces stress and the perception of pain. We are receiving many positive responses; patients engaging with performers is a very special experience which everyone present can feel involved in.”

And patients have reacted positively, with one saying: “We were so thrilled with the musician. It had a big impact on the ward.”

Mary was helped in her project by the Sir John Fisher Foundation.

She visits there each Wednesday.