Furness Tradition Community Band

From now on the Furness Tradition Community Band practice will be held on The First Thursday of Every Month at The Kings Arms, King Street, Ulverston

The first practice is on November 5th 2015.

The start time will be at 7.30 p.m,
the finish time will be 9.30 p.m.
Please give yourself 5 or 10 minutes in hand to set up so we can be ready to start playing at around 7.30.

It will be good at the first gathering together for a while to brush up on some tunes for the Furness Tradition Christmas Gathering, which will be held on Friday 18th December at Ulverston Sports Club. (by the swimming pool)

Coming to the Old Laundry Theatre

There are some interesting concerts coming up in Bowness.

Revolutionary Ballads

Monday 26 October at 7:30 pm. admission £12/£8

by The Chalk Circle Collective with Frankie Armstrong & Mikey Price

Chalk Circle

The Chalk Circle Collective is a merry band of singers currently touring with new setting of songs from Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle.  Combining spine tingling close harmony a cappella with foot stomping riotous instrumental arrangements, Revolutionary Ballards, composed by Kirsty Martin breathes a new musical vision into Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle, – a classic story of social unrest, loyalty and justice.

The Chalk Circle Collective is:
Helen Chadwick, Sally Davies, Pauline Down, Joanna Foster, Kirsty Martin, Martina Sohwarz and Rowena Whitehead.

The Collective will be joined by world renowned folk singer Frankie Armstrong and multi instrumentalist Mikey Price with a set of their thrilling interpretations of Brecht & Weill songs.

We expect this performance to finish by 9.30pm


Friday 27 November at 7:30 pm. Admission £19,50/£7

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For a decade The band Lau (Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke ) have been stretching folk music’s boundaries further and exploring new musical territory with each release and concert tour. Brilliant musicians, thrilling performers, free-thinking visionaries and all-round good chaps as well…small wonder Lau are regarded as the epicentre of the new folk boom . And they’ve got shelves groaning with awards, a forest’s worth of ecstatic reviews and breathless plaudits from excited audiences in various outposts of the world ringing in their ears to prove it…

Jackie Oates

Saturday 28 November at 7:30 pm. Admission £15/£7

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Jackie Oates is a name synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk music, beguiling audiences with a delicate balance of tradition and reinvention.  Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards. She was a founder member of Northumbrian group and Mercury nominated Rachel Unthank and the Winterset. Collaborations with Alasdair Roberts, Belinda O’Hooley and her brother Jim Moray has earned her fans beyond the folk scene she grew up in. Jackie is now a permanent member of the folk super-group The Imagined Village as well as touring in her own right.

The Dylan Project

Sunday 29 November at 7:30 pm. Admission £18/£7

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Take four of Britain’s most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you’ve got the recipe for a dream band.
Steve Gibbons, sounding uncannily like Dylan retains his own inimitable vocal style and the other band members, Dave Pegg, PJ Wright, Phil Bond and Gerry Conway (ex Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, The Uglys and Pentangle to name but a few )are a veritable tour de force.

Since its inception, The Dylan Project has been entertaining audiences with this electrifying stage show. If you’re a fan of one of the 20th century’s most astute songwriters, then don’t think twice and book now!

Enjoy all 3 folk weekend concerts for £50
Buy a ticket for Lau, Jackie Oates & the Dylan Project for just £50 online (discount is applied at the checkout).


Morris dancers and blind footballers in mass brawl | Suffolk Gazette


By Hugh Dunnett
Crime Reporter

Police were called after a mass brawl broke out in a pub car park between a group of morris dancers and a blind football team.

The footballers were enjoying a match on the village green at Rattlesden, near Stowmarket, using a ball with a bell in it so they could keep up with play.

But all hell broke out when the morris dancers began performing at a nearby pub.

A player kicked the ball off the pitch towards the Brewers Arms, and then mistook the morris dancers’ uniform bells for the one in the ball.

He promptly kicked one of the dancers in the shin, sending him flying over a table and crashing into a flower pot. A hanging basket then fell on his head.

More blind footballers then joined the melee, kicking out at the bells and then being surprised when they were punched by furious morris men.

The brawl was only stopped when the referee caught up and blew his whistle loudly.


Three morris men suffered severely bruised legs, while one of the footballers had a cut caused by being hit on the head with a morris dancer’s stick.

With everyone blaming each other, the police were called to sort out the mess.

A Suffolk police spokesman said: “It was certainly an unsual call from one of the locals in the pub. By the time we got there it had all calmed down, and both sides realised how the mistake had been made.

“In fact they had made up and were all enjoying a drink together, although a couple were still being patched up by the landlord’s wife.

“We took no further action, but recommended that the morris men did not use bells on their uniforms when the blind footballers were playing nearby.”

Source: Morris dancers and blind footballers in mass brawl | Suffolk Gazette