News and Views

Jess Gillam

Furness Tradition wishes to congratulate 17 year old Jess Gillam runner up in the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year. The former Ulverston Victoria High School pupil was accompanied by the BBC Symphony Orchestra in the televised final on BBC Four, and just missed out on the trophy which went to cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Describing her experience, she said: “There’s never been a saxophonist in the final before so to be the first is brilliant. It was an absolutely incredible experience.”

Jess Gillam has been playing saxophone for 10 years, and was a finalist in the woodwind category at the previous BBC Young Musician competition, in 2014.

Born and raised in Ulverston, Cumbria, she was recently awarded Musician of the Year at the Cumbria Culture Awards, and has played with many famous performers and orchestras including Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues orchestra.

Bridget Marsden Wins Artist of the Year Award.

Bridget Marsden has just won the Artist of the Year award at the 2016 Folk & World Music Awards in Sweden. Here is her account:-

Here I am, just after I received the Artist of the Year award at the 2016 Folk & World Music Awards in Sweden last weekend. The award was in recognition of my artistic work during 2015, and I’m thrilled and honoured to be the recipient of it! I’ve been cocooned in a little bubble of happiness since Saturday evening, and I am so touched by all of the kind words and wishes from friends near and far,thank you so much, it means a lot to me!

I love my work as a freelance musician, having the freedom to choose my own path, to play the music I love and to be part of an exciting, creative and curious working environment. But it can also be lonely and tough work at times, and I am so so grateful for the amazing network of friends, family and colleagues I have around me. Huge thanks for your continuous support, encouragement and inspiration!

Special thanks to Sven Ahlbäck, Susanne Rosenberg, Ellika Frisell, Ole Hjorth, Sousou Cissoko, Leif Ottosson, Emma Reid, Jon Holmén, Elin Nilsson, Sarah-Jane Summers, Erik Ronström, Sandra Marteleur, Ida Lindgren, Regina Rönnqvist, Tove Skeidsvoll and Transit Kulturinkubator – tid, råd och rum för konstnärliga verksamheter.

I’m so thankful to be on this journey with my violin, sharing music with fellow musicians and beautiful audiences all around, and I’m happy to be continuing on it with you all!

Here is the jury’s motivation:

Artist of the Year – Bridget Marsden

“An artist with drive and an impressive determination. A musician who does not compromise on quality and who, with curiosity, ploughs her own path. But the path does not always lead where you expect. We are thankful that the course changed, now we can all enjoy this talented, unique and highly prolific musician.”


You can see Bridget and Leif Ottosson at the Furness Tradition Festival in July, where they will also be performing ‘The Devils Purse’ with Dominic Kelly.

Colin Matthews

Many of you will know of Colin Matthews as editor of Folk Orbit magazine and Web Site. Based in Chester, it started life as a local ‘whats on’ online mag and grew in stature since. It was a well maintained and regularly updated site run by some very enthusiastic members of the local music scene.

Sadly Colin passed away in October 2015. You can learn more on the Folk Orbit web site.

Now his daughter Nicki is going to hike up and down Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Ben Nevis in memory of her Dad, raising funds for the British Liver Trust.

You can contribute to this cause at

The Fureys at the Coronation Hall

The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return to the Coronation Hall on Thursday 10 March 2016.

The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of the FUREYS.

Inevitably changes have occurred over 38 years. Their brother Paul died suddenly in June 2002 and Finbar left the band in December 1996, however George and Eddie have continued to delight audiences on their tours and have just released a new CD ‘The times they are a changing’

The oldest of the brothers, Eddie Furey left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland at the time of the great folk revival where he met and shared accommodation in Edinburgh with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell, now all famous in their own right. In 1969 he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager.


They will be singing all their hits including Sweet 16, The Green Fields of France, Red Rose Café, I Will Love You and songs from their latest CD ‘The times they are a changing’

Listen here to ‘The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face’

The Fureys

Thursday 10 March 2016 7.30pm

Tickets:  £17/£18

Unreserved seating