We received this interesting information from Ian Boyle, a member of both Furness Tradition and Furness Morris:-
Last year Philip Minchom, a colleague in the Lake District National Park Authority volunteers, was researching the history of the wrought iron targets which exist at several sites in the district. The nearest to Ulverston are below Bursting Stones quarry on the east side of Walna Scar track and in the moss just south of Blea Tarn, Langdale.
He found that the targets were set up in the 1st half of the 19th century (ca 1830-40) for training the Volunteer Regiments which were a very early form of “Home Guard” in a politically unstable period. Philip was intrigued when I told him about the Ulverston & Whitehaven Volunteers tunes so I sent him copies of the music only to receive the attached mp3 today.
He’d sent the dots to a friend of his, Ric Sanders no less, who returned these files which Phil passed on as a thanks for the information.
Listen to it now.
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
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
Facebook: Cumbrian Songs and Stories
Facebook: Steve Wharton Music
We are very sad to learn of the passing of Bruce Wilson at the age of 91. Our sincere condolences to his family and loved ones.
Bruce has been a good friend and supporter to all of us at Furness Tradition for many years. He was a founder member of both Furness Morris (along with Stuart Lawrence) in 1963 and also Furness Clog Dancers.
After dance practise Furness Morris would go to The Beehive at Three Bridges for a little refreshment and a singaround. Some of these nights are still talked about. Bruce was a mainstay of these sessions, entertaining everyone with his extensive range of local songs. He was also very active in encouraging others to sing.
A number of his collected songs, and a book of lyrics and music “M’Appen I May”, were produced by Haystacks Records and are available from Furness Tradition.
The Funeral Service is to be held at Thorncliffe Crematorium on Thursday, November 24 at 10am where Furness Morris will be paying tribute to him. Donations, if so desired to The British Legion. All enquiries to The Co-operative Funeralcare Tel. 01229 582167.