Trip to the Lakes

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A joyous musical odyssey around Cumbria A multimedia song cycle featuring musicians LIVE at the Kirkgate Centre, and a Zoom choir, intercut with stunning previously unseen aerial footage of the Lake District. An innovative new way of capitalising on the limitations of online music in lockdown, Trip to the Lakes is a multimedia performance like no other, using live performance, …

Lasses Out Loud

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KATIE GENTRY & MARBLMOON double-header ON THE KIRKGATE ARTS YOUTUBE CHANNEL Two outstanding musicians from the Cumbrian scene present exclusive sets for Kirkgate Arts. Both have made several appearances at Cockermouth Live! Festival.   Katie Gentry        A rare chance to see a live solo performance from Cockermouth-based Katie. Former singer and lyricist with The Gardenelles, she has …

The Butterfly Collector

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Written and Performed by Peter Macqueen Kirkgate Arts YouTube – premiere 8pm Sat. 10 October. Family secrets and mass exctinctions. What can be triggered by a butterfly’s wing? Robert has found his Grandfather’s butterfly collection whilst clearing out his parents’ old house. He knew nothing about butterflies before that and not much about his Grandfather. But on opening the cabinet …

You Don’t Know Me But…

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A one-woman audio play performed live over the phone “You Don’t know me Duck. You don’t know me. But I reckon we’ve met before.” Meet Vick. Care giver, Mother, Partner and Daughter. You’ve almost certainly walked past her in the street, stood behind her in a queue or driven past her in your car. Today, take the time to delve …

The Ruined House of Skin

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ON THE KIRKGATE YOUTUBE CHANNEL “The hag, a ruined house of skin and bone, sits winding up a thread. It is a thread that draws us slowly, inevitably into the withering arms of age. It is our ruin. But on her tongue is a song, on her breath is the fragrance of truth.”   This story of a great search …

Poets Out Loud Out Wide

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ON THE KIRKGATE YOUTUBE CHANNEL In their own words local writers from Cockermouth-based open mic group ‘Poets Out Loud’ share: a sense of place, identity, connection to where we live, nature, landscape, escape, life, death…and everything in between. From supermarket nightmares to wild swimming delights. Maybe we’ll discover who we are, who we might’ve been, and who we’ll be tomorrow…? …

Masala, Monsoons & the Mango Sun

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ON THE KIRKGATE YOUTUBE CHANNEL Who took a bite out of the sun?                How are flying monkeys made? What happened to the boy with no head? And how on earth can it take so long to find a coconut for breakfast?! Storyteller Emily Hennessey & virtuoso sitar player Sheema Mukherjee take us on a wild musical ride through the myths …

Striding Edge

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ON THE KIRKGATE ARTS YOUTUBE CHANNEL Striding Edge play uplifting Cumbrian ceilidh music and song. In the last 25 years they have played over 1000 shows in Cumbria, North Lancashire and beyond and established themselves as one of North West England’s classic ceilidh bands.   Striding Edge concerts are a feast of colourful music drawn from their roots in the Cumbrian tradition: soulful …

Nightjrrs

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Nightjrrs is a band which blends film, music, spoken word and poetry to create mesmerising digital artworks. They describe their style as “hedgerow psychedelia and post industrial ambience”. Nightjrrs looks to a post-industrial  world – and especially a Cumbria beyond the usual reference points of Wordsworth, mountains and lakes. This is a specially-curated programme of some of their work, drawing …

Mike Turnbull & the Safe Kings

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on FACEBOOK LIVE then available via our KIRKGATE ARTS YOUTUBE CHANNEL Mike Turnbull is a multi-instrumentalist who has the knack for writing well-crafted songs with a story to tell. Influences are taken from his home region of the Lakes, from around the UK & beyond. Together with Suzanne Ambrose on double bass and David Pennington on cajon, they are Mike Turnbull …