Vin Garbutt

We are saddened to learn of Vin Garbutt’s passing earlier today at the age of 69, weeks after undergoing major heart surgery.

Vin fell in love with folk music playing in the clubs that sprang up throughout the area in the 1960s, including the Rifle in Cannon Street, Stockton Folk Club at the Stork and Castle pub and Eston Folk Club in the Cleveland Bay.

He completed an apprenticeship as a turner at ICI but became a professional musician in 1969, quickly establishing himself the most sought-after solo performer on the UK folk scene.

He also played in the United States and regularly tours Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Far East.

He was named Best Live Act in the 2001 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was presented with an honorary degree from Teesside University.

Vin made an invaluable contribution to Teesside folklore and developed a unique brand of humour that brought tears of laughter to audiences throughout the world.

However, many of his songs were deadly serious and addressed some of this biggest issues facing the world today. He could have you crying with laughter one minute and crying with sadness the next. Thirty years ago Vin was so moved by the story of a local woman who fought for the right of her son, born with spina bifida, to live that he wrote a song about it. He called the woman Linda and her son Kevin. The song proved one of his most popular, with him recalling that after singing it on Danish radio, the station received the most calls they’d ever had in response to a song.

On one of his recent visits to Ulverston most of his patter was about his first round of heart surgery – a subject that most people would treat extremely seriously; but not Vin.  The doctor prescribed him some medicine that would have the side effect of making him pee like a horse. It did indeed. As a result he got banned out of the Arndale centre. When the surgeon told him that he was going to have a new groundbreaking procedure which had only been done 12 times before, his reaction was “What? I’m the 13th?” At the end of the night he announced that he would have to be re-booked as he hadn’t finished telling us about the surgery.

Our deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to his wife Pat and their family.

 

 

The Unthanks at the Forum Barrow

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.
Click now for info and tickets: http://bit.ly/2jWK57S

The Unthanks – How Wild The Wind Blows

Tickets  £20 available, please visit the website or ring the Box Office on (01229) 820000.

Ulverston and Whitehaven Volunteers

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.
Small world!

Listen to it now.

 

Floor spots for performers available

Fancy performing your own Cumbrian song, story, poem or anything else?  This forthcoming show will have up to 4 open floor spots for you to perform.

7.30 pm Friday 17th February

Cumbria Songs and Stories

The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness

Steve Wharton, Annie Kendall & Ryan Wood

1½ hours

Tickets £8

Floor spots for performers available!

 

Check out the guidelines below and contact Steve to be considered.

​* Maximum length 3 minutes

* Song, story, poem, jokes, dancing, memories, ANYTHING!

* Must be about Cumbria, ideally a specific place in it but county wide material will be considered.

* Can be your own work or something traditional. Please check with the author if you’re doing something by someone still alive.  

 

You can contact Steve:

Mobile: 07871 415 164

Email: stevewhartonmusic@gmail.com

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