Friday 10 July

7 pm Fireside Stories with Ian Douglas

Ian will be hosting an evening of stories that all the family can enjoy. Imagine that you are sat around the fire in the Hope and Anchor garden with friends as we have for so many magical festival evenings!

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Meeting ID: 720 2326 9577

Password: 536058

Event is free although donations are gratefully accepted. and help a storyteller eat.

Saturday 11 July

10 -10.45 am Childrens’ Singing Workshop

Furness Tradition Festival Junior Choir with Jen Downer. This is suitable for children of junior/ early secondary school ages. Participants should be able to listen and repeat back short musical phrases in order to learn some quirky folk songs and join in with choruses, with the opportunity for improvisation and harmony singing.

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Meeting ID: 730 8154 4303

Password: 316611

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11 – 12 noon Shadows & Stories with Ian & Jo Douglas

Tales for all the family.

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Meeting ID: 710 1269 1107

Password: 009702

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1 – 3 pm Singaround with Sandra and Steve

Come and join Sandra and Steve for an online singaround. You may remember them hosting this event in the Hope and Anchor, or from their involvement with the Lake District Folk & Acoustic Club and the Lake District Folk Weekend in Staveley.

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Meeting ID: 790 0171 0142

Password: 269160

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7 – 8.15 pm Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter

First live concert of the weekend. Jenn and Laura-Beth were a huge success in 2018 at both the festival and in a concert. Two voices; a guitar and mandolin. Simply sublime.

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8.30 – 9.30 OBT

Tom Oakes, Jon Bews and Daniel Thorpe. Tom on guitar and flute, Jon on 5 string fiddle and young musician of the year Daniel on fiddle. A special preview of what these three will bring to Ulverston in 2021.

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Sunday 12 July

9.45 – 10.45 More Shadows and Stories with Ian and Jo Douglas

A second Family show from our ace storytellers

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Meeting ID: 746 3555 4357

Password: 175958

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11 – 12 noon Adults’ Singing Workshop

Furness Tradition Community Choir with Jen Downer.- This one is for the grown-ups, with teenagers/young adults also very welcome. We will delve deeper into the basics of a good vocal technique, and there will be opportunity for some improvisation as well as learning a full 3 part harmony arrangement.

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Meeting ID: 756 2504 4600

Password: 877596

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12.15 – 1.45 pm Storytelling Symposium

Storytelling discussion group. This has been a very popular feature of the festival over the last 4 years. It’s been a place for some of our local and also budding younger storytellers to swap some thoughts about stories and why storytelling has become more important to us.

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Meeting ID: 747 1286 9998

Password: 808070

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2 – 3 pm Dance Workshop with Jennifer Oag

Jennifer is an experienced Clog and Rapper dancer. She will be covering Percussive Step Dancing. The session will start with the use of the basic movements of step dance to create some percussive rhythms by experimenting with different sounds and techniques. Initially taught acapella this will then be set to music to create a short percussive dance piece that attendees can continue to work on.

Suitable for all levels we will focus on basic steps with progressions and challenges provided for more experienced dancers. Please wear comfortable hard soled shoes or trainers and have a hard surface to dance on.

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Meeting ID: 761 4150 9761

Password: 417652

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7 – 8.15 pm Ross Couper

Ross, partnered with Tom Oakes, has been sensational at previous festivals. He is currently fiddle player with the mighty Peatbog Faeries and is one the finest Shetland fiddle players.

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8.30 – 9.30 pm Bob Fox

One of the great voices of the folk music world, Bob is also known as the Songman in the stage show Warhorse. His concert at the 2016 festival was a sellout.

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Linked pieces that will be available all weekend

This short piece offers an overview of the 3rd Storyfair project in which Performative Storyteller Dominic Kelly has worked with children from Sir John Barrow School in Ulverston. Dominic’s work with the children involves story structure, physical performance skills, and group storytelling and usually ends with a performance at Ulverston Coronation Hall as part of Furness Traditions festival. Under the current restrictions we are providing stories and exercises for the school years 3, 4 and 5, and sending stories to our friends at other schools in Cumbria and elsewhere.
In addition to these recordings from Dominic, our blog includes work from Kamishibai storyteller Cathy Sullivan, and some craft ideas to accompany her work.
We are grateful to our supporters Arts Council England, the Sir John Fisher Foundation, Townlands Trust, South Lakes District Council and the Friends of Ulverston Coronation Hall, and to Furness Tradition Festival for providing this opportunity for our young storytellers within their excellent storytelling programme.programme

  • 2003 festival weekend documentary video We made an archive video of the Furness Tradition Festival in 2003 – This current lockdown year seemed a good time to take a look back and see what we all looked like back then. We’re proud to have brought the festival and also many concerts, sessions, events and workshops to Ulverston over 22 years. We will be resuming Concerts as soon as it is possible to do so and the festival programme for this year is being postponed till July 2021.
  • Ulverston Volunteers virtual session tune
  • Slide show of images from Festival 2003
  • The Library in My Mind A wonderful look at the life and times of Furness Tradition’s storytelling Patron Taffy Thomas.  This is really what storytelling is all about.
  • HORNGARTH‘ is  Ulverston artist John Hall’s film about the Whitby Penny Hedge service, which dates back to the 11th century.  The film presents a mixture of legend, fact and the craft involved in the Horngarth’s  planting,  weaving original  footage and material donated by local people, the Doc Rowe archive and British Pathe with a commentary from Lol Hodgson, Court Leet Bailiff of Fyling who. along with Hornblower Tim Osborne, is the current custodian of the Service.

Made with the support Of Arts Council England, British Pathe, The Doc Rowe Archive and Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society, the film was to be premiered at Whitby Museum last month, and John plans to screen the piece in Ulverston and in Whitby as soon as circumstances allow. But happily Horngarth makes its first appearance here online at Furness Traditions in only slightly compressed form. 

John sends enormous thanks to Furness Tradition/ for their support, and to Doc Rowe for information, footage and introductions. 

In 2020, in the absence of the Service, Doc went to Whitby Harbour with his laptop and sent a recording of the 2019 event out across the water. 

There’s more from John on the Horngarth here..

and you can find out about the Doc Rowe Archive here

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