Sadly the festival is over for another year. We will be back 7, 8 and 9 July 2017.
It was brilliant despite the weather. The performers were all exceptional. Here are some photos courtesy of Cliff Grimes. More to come soon.
Ross and Tom are a fiddle and guitar duo deeply rooted in the traditions of Scotland and Ireland with a vital modernity that chronicles their many musical journeys so far. Ross’ explosive fiddle playing lies at the heart of the mighty Peatbog Faeries. Expect their trademark, unrivalled energy and virtuosity interspersed with moments of spine tingling beauty and a warmth and humour that guarantees a smile on the face.
English fiddle player and singer Bryony Griffith and melodeon player and dancer Will Hampson have been performing together for almost 20 years. Bryony has been described as having “the vocal power of a young Norma Waterson, the poise and attitude of the late Sandy Denny and the stage presence of Janis Joplin.” (Allan Wilkinson, Northern Sky). Add to that her ‘deliciously rustic’ fiddle playing (Colin Irwin) and Will’s driving yet sensitive box playing and you get a distinctive repertoire of dark ballads, chorus songs and dance tunes delivered with good-humoured Yorkshire banter.
Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson are two rising young stars of the Swedish folk scene. They present a selection of their own compositions and traditional material, moving adeptly between atmospheric improvisation, tight melody playing and filmic soundscapes. Meet the violin and the accordion in a way that will surprise even the most dedicated listener.
Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp perform traditional songs from England and beyond, with special attention given to their respective homes in the North West and East Anglia. Laura and Ted interpret and deliver their music with a reverence for traditional performers and source material, whilst achieving a style that is very much their own.
Siobhan Miller is regarded as one the finest singers to emerge from Scotland’s music scene over the last decade. Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song has seen her win the Scots Singer of the Year award twice at the Scots Trad Music Awards. She is also a recipient of a ‘BBC Young Folk Award’ with Orkney’s Jeana Leslie.
Twenty years of playing community events and festival gatherings throughout Cumbria and North West England have forged Striding Edge into one of the best professional roots bands of the region. The band brings together a powerful mix of songs and tunes derived from the traditions of the wild eastern moors and mountainous central valleys of Lakeland.
Combining the best in British folk music with roots, rock and reggae rhythms, Tumbling Tom has for many years been one of the leading ceilidh bands playing throughout Cumbria and the North-West. Led by melodeon, and playing mainly English music, this band deliver robust rhythms that are sure to get you dancing.
Three Men and fourteen strings regaling the world, or at least that bit of it in front of them with tunes old and new, often at the same time. Wierdstring bring unique Cumbrian inspired fun and frolics, traditional tunes, modern tunes, dances from the depths of history and the depths of their own imagination. Humour essential.
This funked up folk band’s sweet melodies and raucous reels blend trad and contemporary fiddle tunes to create a sound that’s modern yet familiar. Stooshie’s mix of guitars, fiddles, whistle, bass and percussion move you from the warm and melancholic – to a jigging frenzy.
James first started playing guitar shortly after joining Furness Tradition’s Freebandreel project. He is now at Newcastle University studying Folk and Traditional Music. Michael is a pianist and accordionist currently studying at Chetham’s School of Music. Eryn lives just across the Scottish Border and has been playing the fiddle from a very young age, having been taught by the Shetland fiddler Catriona Macdonald for many years.
The Cumbria Gaita Band play music from Galicia, a semi-autonomous region of Spain in the far North-West of Iberia on the Portuguese border. The music is played on the Galician bagpipes (gaitas), with their unique, joyful sound, accompanied by traditional percussion. They will be leading the parade on Saturday morning and will play around the town during the day.
Formed over a period of many years from local musicians playing local tunes as a festival dance band – they have become the very popular resident band at our Opening Ceilidh. This big ceilidh band often has as many as fifteen players.
Ian Douglas is a Storyteller living and working in West Cumbria. The origins of Ian’s work are steeped in the traditions of street theatre and draws upon a rich vein of British folk tales and world myths which has helped him develop his unique storytelling style. Ian has those rare qualities of unbridled humour and curiosity for the absurd making any time in his company an utter delight.
Dominic is a performance storyteller with an international reputation for dynamic, powerful and entertaining work. Dominic presented his show “The Devil’s Purse” with music from Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson.
Katherine is an illustrator and glass artist who works on ideas exploring the rich seams of myth and story. She is currently working on cover Illustrations for the County Folktales series of books by the History press. She will be exhibiting some of her work as well as taking part in a storytelling workshop discussing her approach to illustrating stories.
A street theatre group from West Yorkshire, performing traditional and contemporary plays based on the medieval mumming traditions of death and re-birth and the triumph of good over evil. They will be roving the town on Saturday.
Are a mixed Border Morris side formed in 2006 from Marsden in the Pennine Hills of the West Riding of Yorkshire. They shun hanky waving; like yelling and big sticks and sometimes can keep in a straight line. Their motto is: Leave nowt but blood, wood and feathers!
Rainbow Morris from Saltaire dance the traditional North West Morris with decorated sticks and garlands, along with handkerchiefs. The wearing of clogs with bells attached gives the dances a distinctive rhythm.
Redcar Sword perform traditional English longsword dances from the North East of England.
Cricket on the Hearth are an Appalachian Dance group from Harrogate. The dancers wear shoes with toe and heel taps, and they perform percussive Appalachian steps to a band of fiddle, banjo, guitar, and mandolin.