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 …

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!

Chris Bridgman

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 …

Kathryn Tickell Trio

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Cockermouth Live headline gig! The outstanding Kathryn Tickell. Kathryn Tickell is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, a composer, performer, educator and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. Kathryn was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2015. The OBE recognises her extraordinary career which began with learning tunes …

VE Day 75 – Live from the Royal Albert Hall

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SSAFA presents VE DAY 75 WITH THE DAILY MAIL Live from the Royal Albert Hall Exactly 75 years since Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s announcement of the end of the Second World War, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra plus special guests will unite the nation for an inspiring and patriotic evening. Audiences will enjoy stirring and emotional music from some of …

Victorians – Songs, Stories & More

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Harp & A Monkey’s new show The Victorians reworks and revives the largely forgotten folk, music hall, parlour, industrial, agricultural and street music of the era – and looks at what it can tell us about the people and their many foibles. The songs cover a myriad of themes from the deportation of convicts to jilted lovers and those opposed to …