Ulverston and Whitehaven Volunteers

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.
Small world!

Listen to it now.


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

Another Fine Fest






Despite its name this is the first festival in celebration of Ulverston and Stan Laurel who was born in the town. On this Saturday 14th June there will be street theatre, art, music, comedy and busking around the town centre. All events are free except for the headline event which features Paul Merton and friends in the Roxy Cinema on Saturday night.

There are 9 different venues, all within a few minutes’ walk of each other, plus several pop-up shops. It starts at 10.00 am and goes on until late. Furness Tradition will be leading a folk music session in the Hope and Anchor from 1.00 pm.

Ulverston is the place to be this weekend. For more information check out the website.

Taste Cumbria Food Festival coming to Ulverston


Ulverston has always been a fine place for food with excellent butchers, bakers, etc. as well some superb venues for dining out. Now the Taste Cumbria Food Festival is coming in May.

The first Taste Cumbria Food Festival took place in 2010 and saw Cockermouth’s shops, restaurants, hotels and pubs join forces in the weekend-long Cumbrian culinary celebrations. Taste Cumbria is the largest food festival in the County, bringing in over £2 million into the local economy and evaluation of the 2013 festival gave evidence that everyone thought it was the best event yet!

In 2013, Taste Cumbria spread it’s wings, and ran a very popular food village at Lowther Show, which will return in 2014, bigger and better, as well as a Christmas Fayre at Mitchells Sale Rooms in Cockermouth.

Visitors and producers have been keen to see an event in South Cumbria, and we are delighted to confirm that Taste Cumbria Ulverston will take place on 24th and 25th May in Ulverston Town Centre.

The event will host a large producers market featuring the very best of produce from our fabulous county, a demonstration kitchen showcasing the talents of local chefs and producers, a kids area, picnic area, food to eat now area, stage with local bands and lots of other exciting activities. The event will also feature the very best of Made In Cumbria so is sure to be a showcase for everything truly great about Cumbrian produce.