News and Views

The Tom Bradley Stage

Tom Bradley was a very special Ulverston man. He was a familiar face at Ulverston’s many festivals and events and served as a passionate advocate of people’s rights. He supported Furness Tradition from it’s very early days. Every year he would grow a beard for the Dickensian Festival, and have it removed with a sponsored shave at our winter gathering. We were very pleased to see him come to last year’s festival despite his poor health. Sadly he passed away in January this year. Speaking at the time, Ulverston mayor Helen Irving said: “He was a super person and he got involved with everything. We’ve lost a good man of Ulverston.” His obituary summed him up very eloquently: ‘a good friend to many.’

Furness Tradition have decided to commemorate Tom by naming the marquee at the Market Cross at the Tom Bradley stage. We feel that Tom was always active in the centre of the community and the centre of the town is an ideal place to remember him.

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Extra Concert: Bob Fox the WarHorse Songman

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Bob Fox has played the role of songman in the hit musical WarHorse for the past three years, both in the West End and in the UK/Ireland and South Africa touring production.

Join him in the Coronation Hall on Saturday 11 July at 3.30 pm as he performs the songs from the multi award winning smash hit WarHorse, with additional material from his own personal repertoire, a number of stories and songs built up from his forty year career in the music industry.

Please Note: This is an extra show that has been added to the programme and tickets for this event must be purchased separately.

Weekend Tickets do not include admission to this concert. 

BBC Folk Awards

Musician Of The Year winner Sam Sweeney, with presenter John Kirkpatrick

Sam Sweeney with John Kirkpatrick.

Have you seen the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards event on Iplayer? There was some excellent music. Special congratulations to Sam Sweeney and the Young Uns. Sam won Musician Of The Year Award. He came to Furness Tradition with Kerfuffle in 2007. The Young Uns won Best Group. They sang at Furness Tradition in 2013.

You saw them first at Furness Tradition.

BBC Folk Awards