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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.

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Debra Cowan sings at the Hope and Anchor

On Tuesday 27th September we will run our normal music session at The Hope and Anchor, Daltongate, Ulverston. However we will have a special guest – Debra Cowan – who is touring here from America will be joining us to spice things up. Come along and hear Debra. If you heard Debra on her last 2 visits to Ulverston you won’t want to miss this.

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Back to Blairgowrie

Back to Blairgowrie Concert – 50 years of history in one night!

In 1966 the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland emerged from the Blairgowrie Folk Festival. They are commemorating their 50th anniversary with a concert on Saturday 27 August, featuring a selection of the people who have made and make the TMSA what it is today. Come and celebrate our birthday with us where it all began! Performers are: Archie Fisher, Joe Aitken, Sheena Wellington, Doris Rougvie, Kenny Hadden, Davey Stewart, Aileen Carr, Pete Shepheard, Gillian Frame and Simon Thoumire. Tickets for TMSA members £8 (others £10). To book visit the EventBrite link below or phone the TMSA office 0792 253 3915; or visit Mitchell’s Newsagents, 1a High Street, Blairgowrie or on the door. TMSA members can also send a ticket order with a cheque payment to reach the TMSA office by Monday 22 August to book tickets. Supported in memory of Ian (Jock) Hunter.

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