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.

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.
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The Unthanks – How Wild The Wind Blows

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

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.

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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