Furness Tradition Autumn Programme 2017

8.00 pm Wednesday 20 September

Rachel Newton Band £14

Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Gaelic as well as writing and arranging her own music. Rachel performs solo, and with her band featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle,  Mattie Foulds on percussion and Sarah Hayes on keyboards.

Rachel plays fiddle and viola in addition to harp and works across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling. She was awarded a CATS Award for Best Music and Sound in 2009 for her work with the Rowantree Theatre Company. A skilled collaborator, Rachel is a founder member of The Shee, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2017 Best Group The Furrow Collective and also plays with the Scottish/Norwegian group Boreas. Rachel’s third solo album Here’s My Heart Come Take It was released in 2016. Her previous releases are The Shadow Side (2012) and Changeling (2014).

In 2016 Rachel received a Hands Up for Trad Ignition Award for Innovation, was awarded Instrumentalist of the Year 2016 at the Scots Trad Music Awards and is Musician of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017. Her recent album Here’s My Heart Come Take It is shortlisted as one of Scotland’s top 10 outstanding albums in the Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award 2017.

‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017

‘Instrumentalist of the Year’– Scots Trad Awards 2016

SAY Award (Scottish Album of the Year) Shortlisted Album 2017 (with Here’s My Heart Come Take It)

‘Haunting vocals and elegant harp’ The Guardian

‘Harp and strings blur the border between worlds’ The Financial Times

‘This is the sound of modern Scotland, as surely as draws on folklore and tradition, Newton’s singing and harp at the heart of a singular vision.’ – The Herald

‘Rachel Newton is well equipped to take centre stage in her own right and this second solo album is a beauty…fascinating stuff’ – (5 * Playlist Selection) – fRoots Magazine

Top of the World Editor’s Pick – Songlines Magazine

Tickets are available from the Coronation Hall  TeL: 01229 587140 or Online


8.00 pm Wednesday 4 October

Sing Me A Song with Neil Adam and Judy Turner £12

After many years playing the folk music circuit both as a duo, in bands and for the last 15 years with The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Neil and Judy are putting time again into acoustic musical events and festival appearances together.

This, their most recent project, the culmination of a long time passion for Robert Louis Stevenson’s writing, involves them in constructing a show based on his poetry, put to music and arranged by Neil and Judy. Some of the songs have been recorded on CDs and have seen much live performance, others are new.

In the show, they are juxtaposed with extracts from RLS’s writing (including letters and diaries) and beautiful contemporary photographs, mostly taken by his family, of the fascinating life of one of Scotland’s greatest writers of the 19th Century. The combination of beautiful music and the obvious genuine affection of this husband and wife team for another makes for a heart warming, interesting and engaging event. Growing up in a Stevenson obsessed Edinburgh family, this material has always been part of Neil’s life, and this project is a natural development of a life long passion.

Tickets are available from the Coronation Hall  TeL: 01229 587140 or Online


8.00 pm Thursday 2 November

Fell To Fire with Emily Hennessey and Kirstin Taylor £12


Cumbria-based storyteller Emily Hennessey and singer-songwriter Kirsten Taylor unleash a world of stories collected on travels across an epic landscape. The county has a treasure-trove of tales, from haunting folklore to ancient myths of frost giants and trolls left behind, along with so much Old Norse language, by old visitors. Moving, wild, witty and alluring, this show from two of the North’s most exciting artists, will fire your imagination and unveil a captivating Cumbria before you.

“Emily Hennessey is such a mesmerising storyteller. I couldn’t take my eyes off her!” – Everything Theatre

“Kirsten Taylor has a voice that could melt a diamond. Her minimalist, jazz-informed songs are far off the beaten track.“ – The Devil Has The Best Tuna

Tickets are available from the Coronation Hall  TeL: 01229 587140 or Online


8.00 pm Friday 24 November

Blazin’ Fiddles £16

Blazin’ Fiddles


Blazin’ Fiddles are undoubtedly one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Approaching their 20th year in 2018, no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once.

With a Blazers performance comes the rare opportunity to hear the regional expressions, from Scotland’s Highlands and islands, and the individual style from each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Fiddles and bows come alight atop guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all.

Whatever the hall – be it in a Highland village or London’s Royal Albert – this legendary, multi award-winning act never fails to set the hearts of their audiences alight.

“bursting with joie de vivre and personality” – Songlines

“an ensemble of class and distinction” – Fatea

“infectious, enlivening and irresistible euphoria” – Folk Radio UK

“Music like this is a reminder why Hogmanay celebrations are such fun.” – London Evening Standard (four stars)

“the Led Zeppelin of the folk world” – The Scotsman

“Absolutely mind-blowing” – Mike Harding

Tickets are available from the Coronation Hall  TeL: 01229 587140 or Online