Late addition to the festival line up

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.

Vicky Swann and Jonny Dyer added to the 2017 festival line up.

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.

Bruce Wilson

We are very sad to learn of the passing of Bruce Wilson at the age of 91. Our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.

Bruce has been a good friend and supporter to all of us at Furness Tradition for many years. He was a founder member of both Furness Morris (along with Stuart Lawrence) in 1963 and also Furness Clog Dancers.

Born in 1924 he danced regularly with Furness Morris until the early years of the 21st century when he underwent knee surgery.
He was also a regular supporter of local shepherds meets and was, we believe, in a senior position in the Herdwick Sheep Society.
He was a long-time member of the Cumberland Dialect Society & performed a number of monologues & local songs in dialect.
 
Bruce also learned local Clog Dancing steps from Norman Robinson, the well-known local dancer. He taught these steps to a group of local women, many of them wives of the Morris Men, who eventually danced publicly as the original Furness Clog Dancers.
 

After dance practise Furness Morris would go to The Beehive at Three Bridges for a little refreshment and a singaround. Some of these nights are still talked about. Bruce was a mainstay of these sessions, entertaining everyone with his extensive range of local songs. He was also very active in encouraging others to sing.  

A number of his collected songs, and a book of lyrics and music “M’Appen I May”, were produced by Haystacks Records and are available from Furness Tradition.

 

The Funeral Service is to be held at Thorncliffe Crematorium on Thursday, November 24 at 10am where Furness Morris will be paying tribute to him. Donations, if so desired to The British Legion. All enquiries to The Co-operative Funeralcare Tel. 01229 582167.