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

Chris Bridgman

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

Chris Bridgman

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

Chris Bridgman

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

Chris Bridgman

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 …

The Coast Road

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LIVE ON THE KIRKGATE YOUTUBE CHANNEL & FACEBOOK An acoustic collective from Cumbria and the North East, The Coast Road is a revolving and evolving cast of folk / jazz musicians. In this quartet version, Cumbrian singer/song-writer Dave Camlin is joined by Paul Susans (Baghdaddies) on bass, multi-instrumentalist Catherine Reding and Brendan Murphy’s arsenal of unusual percussion to weave acoustic …

Cockermouth Virtually Live!

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We go online… With this year’s Cockermouth Live! Festival unable to go ahead due to the Coronavirus situation, we’re delighted to offer a a virtual feast of varied entertainment, with a huge array of local talent performing for you in the comfort of your living room. Acts include bands, singer-songwriters, choirs, dance troupes and drama groups. Including special guest appearances …

Ian McMillan and Luke Carver Goss

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Cockermouth Live Friday night event… Poet, broadcaster & comedian Ian McMillan and Olympic composer Luke Carver Goss present a hilarious night of words, music & breath-taking comedy, featuring songs, stories and a musical created out of thin air! ‘great double act and thoroughly enjoyed by all the audience’ Ashbourne Arts Festival ‘one of the best evenings of entertainment I have …