Folk in February

Maz O'Connor

There are 4 folk concerts in Furness in February. On Sunday 1st Fairport are at the Coronation Hall. This is presented by our friends at Ulverston Live Music. Tickets cost £22.00. Fairport Convention’s concert at The Coronation Hall starts at 7.30pm. Tickets and booking information from the box office 01229 587140 or

On Friday 5th ULM present Red Shoes at Ulverston Sports Club. Tickets are £8.

On Friday 13th Womenfolk are at Forum 28 featuring three of the UK’s outstanding female singer-songwriters. Local girl Maz O’Connor’s second album ‘Willowed Light’ was described by The Observer as ‘Folk album of the year thus far’ and she was named ‘Female Vocalist Of The Year by’ Fatea Magazine. Kathryn Williams has released 10 critically acclaimed studio albums that have quietly established her as one the truly distinctive voices of UK music. Welsh harpist and singer Georgia Ruth was described as ‘one of British folk’s discoveries of the year” by The Guardian won the 2013 Welsh Music Prize and was nominated for two 2014 BBC Folk Awards. The concert starts at 8.00 pm, with cabaret seating. Tickets are £10.00

Two days later on Sunday 15th Steeleye Span appear at the Forum, kicking off their Wintersmith tour. The concert starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £19.50. For more information contact Forum 28 01229 820000 or http//


New life for forgotten folk music

_79507254_macmathprojectWilliam Macmath, 1848 – 1922, grew up in Galloway before moving to Edinburgh as a young man and his huge and largely unacknowledged legacy was in helping the great American ballad collector and academic Francis Child with his definitive publication: English and Scottish Popular Ballads 1882 – 1898. Although working entirely in his spare time, Macmath worked tirelessly and meticulously over a period of almost thirty years, to track down and verify details relating to the Scottish ballads included in Child’s collection. He continued the work after Child’s death, and two books of songs have been re-discovered.

Songwriter and community choir director Alison Burns found Macmath’s handwritten notes and letters in Broughton House, Kirkcudbright, 10 years ago. Now she is working with folk music historians Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre, and musicians including Emily Smith, Robyn Stapleton and Clare Mann to bring this collection to life. Ms Burns said. “We are singing them back to life.”

For more information check out this BBC report and The Silent Page

Crook Morris Christmas Ceilidh

C R O O K  M O R R I S

C U M B R I A N  C H R I S T M A S  C E I L I D H

S A T U R D A Y  6TH  D E C E M B E R,  2 0 1 4

VENUE Kendal Parish Hall


CEILIDH 7:45pm ­ 11:30pm ish !




TICKETS: Adults £9 Under 18s £7

Includes mince pie, mulled wine & non alcoholic punch

To reserve tickets e­mail or phone 01539 720551.

If no one is in leave your name, e­mail (preferably) or phone number with the number and type of tickets you would like.

If you prefer you can send a cheque. It should be payable to CROOK MORRIS and you need to enclose a stamped addressed envelope to:­