We’re proud to celebrate Independent Venue Week: a 7-day celebration of small music venues around the country. Artists get their first experience of playing live in front of an audience and for fans can get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages.
IVW also helps people wanting a career in music, off the stage. Giving them a chance to learn their craft up close as well as being a place for local communities to engage with the arts.
Shanties, Chanties; songs of the sea; working songs. She Shanties have been singing these story songs such as ‘Rio Grande’, ‘Roll Alabama’ and ‘Spanish Ladies’ at predominantly white male shanty festivals for 8 years, but shanties are music of black origin. Their roots can be found in Spiritualist music and plantation songs.
Along with carnival and calypso artists Cacophany Arkestra and Mento-B and the Jamiacan Folk Ensemble, She Shanties will collaborate on a series of residencies and performances focused on the Alan Lomax digital recording archive particularly one session recorded in Anguilla with plantation workers in 1962.
Paddy Garrigan and The Stroller Priests:
“Absolutely awesome record, been singing it for days.” – Tom Robinson (BBC6 Music) on ‘Sea Monsters’, played on his BBC6 Introducing and Saturday night show
“Bonkers but amiable three piece from the far north of England take two years plus to produce a debut which has some trouser-bursting brass and lots of chutzpah. Mandolin ska folk psychedelia doesn’t even make a halfway decent description. Off the wall and up the alley.” fRoots Magazine
Scandinavian-influenced folk-rock band BAAB will play for folk dancing at More Music – originally built as a dancehall. The band who have delighted audiences at Solfest, The Winter Droving in Penrith and The Green Gathering will be teaching Swedish Polskas, Hottices and other dances in a workshop immediately prior to the Bal.
BAAB are a beguiling montage of mythical beasts and melodies, combining pulsing rhythms with traditional Scandinavian folk to create a heavy stomp perfect for traditional dances.
Free Dance workshop at 6pm please book a place!
Deep Cabaret is a thing of riffs and drones. Featuring:
Steve Lewis (vocals & guitar)
Maja Bugge (cello)
Ben McCabe (drums & vocals)
Matt Robinson (clarinets, baritone saxophone & flutes)
Paul Sherwood (hurdy-gurdies & bagpipes)
Jayson Stilwell (overtone vocals & percussion)
At the beginning of 2019 Deep Cabaret were awarded Arts Council England funding to record an album at Real World studios with producer Justin Adams (Tinawarien, Lo’Jo).
Deep Cabaret is the culmination of bandleader Steve Lewis’ life’s work: to make a band that curates all the musics that fascinate him – jazz, improv, African, folk and leftfield pop. To use that music to set fragments of text taken from novels, journalism, spiritual and other texts that have interesting things to say about being human.
Deep Cabaret is a thing of riffs and drones. Hurdies, bagpipes, bass clarinets, cellos and the beguilingly unsettling harmonics of overtone singing. Desert blues improv and noir-drenched dronesongs; fulsomely romantic and coruscatingly edgy. Mashed-up lyrics lifted from neuroscience, slavery, fiction and Cole Porter covers all “pickled in the juices of the peat”.
“As the sun set, Deep Cabaret shared a spellbinding mix of sounds, many inspired by the stories and landscapes of Morecambe Bay. It was a delight to hear such an intriguing mix of instruments and astonishing vocals”
Morecambe Bay Partnership
Hollering with their hearts over a five string bajo and a doghouse bass, Truckstop Honeymoon live the life they sing about. Having toured across three continents with four kids and a truck load of songs, Katie and Mike West tell stories about the strangeness of everyday life. Their music combines elements of bluegrass, music hall jazz and straight up rock n’ roll. They have released nine albums and a full length documentary, produced over two hundred albums for other artists, and received awards for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
The dark nights are behind us and the light has returned. Performance storyteller David Dale and musician Ian Midgley return to entertain with ‘A Spring Sunrise’ – a bloom of stories, songs and poems to celebrate spring and spring festivals. 16 yrs +
7.30pm till 9.15 with a 15 minute interval. £7.50
The four musicians (Paul Clark, Miles Doubleday, Clayton Jackson, and James Wood) of Elephant In The Room interpret and improvise from a variety of graphic scores- musical scores which have images instead of notes. The scores will be visible to the audience. Pay as you feel, minimum £5 recommended
Halton Mill has a fascinating history, touching on many aspects of local life. A range of speakers will explore its story in the context of the economic and social significance of the Lune mills during the past 200 years. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.