Katriona Gilmore

Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts

Katriona Gilmore has won the Acoustic/Folk section of Soundcloud’s UK Songwriting Contest with her song ‘Doctor James’. She and Jamie Roberts played at Furness Tradition in 2011.

The judges said “This year’s Acoustic / Folk winner is sung in a traditional folk style by singer, songwriter, guitarist and violinist Katriona Gilmore from Knebworth in Hertfordshire. Katriona is one half of the folk duo Gilmore & Roberts who are becoming well known on the British folk scene. This winning song is an unusual, original and very memorable composition with a catchy hook and a lyrical twist at the end which make it a worthy winner in this year’s acoustic/folk category.”

Music in Furness on the BBC


Listen to reporter Jennie Dennet’s programme about music in Furness; it features the Furness Tradition Tuesday session at the Hope & Anchor with Les Ord, Mike Willoughby, Alan Garforth, Gordon Jones, and the gang. Then a bit about the Cardboard Harp project with Mary Dunsford, which arose out of this year’s FT Festival. Other local stuff with open mic sessions, South Lakes Ukelele Orchestra, UVHS Wind Band, John Hall and the Octopus collective. It includes an interview with James Taylor who was part of our Freebandreel project, and can be seen performing in the video of the Winter Gathering.

What a great place Furness is for music, especially Ulverston.

Gavin Davenport

Gavin Davenport


You can hear a taster of Gavin’s forthcoming album “The Bone Orchard”. It’s called “Hymn For The New Year”. The album will be released in March 2013 on Haystacks Records, produced by Furness Tradition’s sound engineer Pete Ord.

Will Pound


Will can be seen playing harmonica on “He Ain’t Heavy” the Justice Collective video which was No 1 in the pop charts over Christmas. He is accompanied by Sir Paul McCartney, Melanie C, Rebecca Ferguson, Gerry Marsden and Robbie Williams to name but a few. Will performed at the 2011 festival with Dan Walsh. In the space of two years he has played at Buckingham Palace, Furness Tradition and gone to the top of the charts.

Maz O’Connor

Maz O'Connor

Maz O’Connor was part of our original schools project Freebandreel. She went on to be a finalist in the 2009 BBC Young Folk Awards, and performed at the 2010 festival. She is now a BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 Horizon Award nominee. Well done Maz and good luck.