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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

The Askew Sisters win Best Traditional Album Award


The Askew Sisters have just won The Best Traditional Album Award  from Spiral Earth for their latest album ‘In The Air Or The Earth’

Spiral Earth say “These are the albums and artists that have stood out to us over the previous year. Awards can be tricky things to get right, we just boil it down to the albums we would grab if the house was on fire, the gigs that really blew us away and the artists that excited us about the music in new ways. The winners are all decided by public votes”

Needless to say, Emily and Hazel are delighted to win this prestigious award, and we are really looking forward to seeing them at the festival in July.

Belshazzar’s Feast coming to Arnside


Here at Arnside Highlights, we are looking to welcoming Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchinson as Belshazzar’s Feast on the 17th May.

Arnside Educational Institute, Church Hill, Arnside, LA5 0DF on Sunday 17th May. Doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off with wry humour for a unique live experience.

Paul Sartin, singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger, performs and records extensively with Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast and Faustus.

Paul Hutchinson is well known from his work with Hoover the Dog, Karen Tweed and the Playford Liberation Front. He is a superlative accordion player with a unique style.

Together “they can do things with a squeeze-box and an oboe that can break your heart.” Independent on Sunday

Amidst the jesting and hilarity, they sit as fine an example of traditional English folk music as you’re likely to hear.’

Bright Young Folk, April 2014

Harmonious live hilarity and  serious musicianship, communicated with enthusiasm and wicked intelligence.’
Froots, May 2014

Duo known for their sense of humour as well their impressive musicianship


Tickets: £13 (payable in advance for this show please – cash or cheque payable to “Arnside Highlights”) from Sue Hayward (  or Sue/John Gibbs Tel: 01524 762460.

John Renbourn

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We at Furness Tradition were very sad to learn of the passing of John Renbourn last week. Our guitarist friends were obsessed with him and Bert Jansch in the 1960s. One even started smoking the same brand of cigarettes that appeared on the cover of the ‘Bert and John’ LP. His solo work, collaboration with Bert Jansch and Pentangle were enormously influential on folk music in the 60s and 70s.

You can read tributes from the Guardian, the Independent and the New York Times.

Striding Edge play for Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales visited the photographic exhibition A Portrait of Lakeland in the Rheged centre near Penrith yesterday 1st April. The exhibition is by Ian Lawson, who spent five years studying the Herdwick breed and their shepherds. The prince has been praised for backing the campaign to protect Cumbria’s Herdwick sheep and securing better deals for farmers who breed them. He met some of the Herdwick breeders featured in the exhibition, which he spent about 25 minutes viewing. The prince also spent around 10 minutes speaking with Herdwick shepherds and met some of the wool producers in his capacity as patron for The Campaign for Wool. He also talked to some of the young shepherds who have been recipients from The Prince’s Countryside Fund, of which he is patron. The fund, started five years ago, has already distributed more than £800,000 in the county alone.

Prior to their appearance at Furness Tradition this year, Striding Edge were at Rheged to play for the Prince’s visit.

They shall be playing at the Market Cross on Saturday during the festival.