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.

The Performers

Ross Couper and Tom Oakes

DSCF8258Ross 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.

Bryony Griffith and Will Hampson

Bryony&Will publicity colourEnglish 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 and Leif Ottosson

Bridget Marsden & Leif Ottosson 3 (foto Aron Mattsson)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

laura+tedLaura 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

Siobhan millarSiobhan 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.

Striding Edge

striding edgeTwenty 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.

Tumbling Tom

tumbling tomCombining 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.

Wierdstring Band

wierdstring2Three 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.


6850156246_c74c70cd1d_zThis 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 Taylor and Friends

JamesJames 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.

Cumbria Gaita Band

Gaita bandThe 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.

Furness Tradition Community Band

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

IanDouglas_thumb.jpgIan 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 Kelly

Dominic KellyDominic 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.


Mark Borthwick

Mark BorthwickMark is from Ulverston and took part in Furness Tradition young music programmes. He now is an apprentice storyteller at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.


Katherine Soutar Caddick

Katherine Soutar CaddickKatherine 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.


Bradshaw Mummers

Bradshaw mummersA 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.


Thieving Magpie

magpie 03Are 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

rainbowRainbow 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 Dancers

 Redcar Sword Dancer perform the Greatham sword dance.

Redcar Sword perform traditional English longsword dances from the North East of England.



Hornbeam Molly

Hornbeam Molly 2Are a team of dancers based in North Yorkshire bringing distinctive costumes and an exuberant dance style. Molly is a form of dance which originated in the Fen Country of East Anglia.


Cricket on the Hearth

Cricket On The HearthCricket 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.


Crook Morris

Crook Morris1Are an award winning side based in Kendal and dance Cotswold Morris Dances, Border Morris Dances, Rapper Dances and perform Mumming Plays, not only locally but at festivals throughout England.


Furness Clog Dancers

Furness clogOur local team with clog stepping routines from the North of England.



Carlisle Clog and Sword Dancers

Carlisle clog and swordCumbrian based traditional Clog and Step Dancing side who also dance some English Longsword.




Furness Morris

11695782_10205276483855158_5920238131326569990_nCumbria’s longest established Morris side are based in Ulverston and dance a wide variety of Cotswold Morris traditions, some Border Morris, Longsword and their own Ulverston North-West Morris dance.


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