Live music at the Kirkgate


Jazz@Kirkgate kicks off in January with The Jeremy Sassoon Quartet on Sunday 23rd at 7.30pm (doors 6.30).

Jeremy is one of the most in demand singer pianists in the UK. He captivates audience’s with his natural soulful voice, his charisma and his arrangements of jazz, blues, groove and soul classics.
He has headlined at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, played the main stage at the Love Supreme Jazz Festival and performs to sell out audiences at the Pizza Express Jazz Club and 606 club in London.
He has agreed to come and play for us at the Kirkgate and here plays with with a great rhythm section of Richard Hammond on Bass, Phil Johnson on Drums, with the brilliant Iain Dixon on Sax (credits BBC big band, Joni Mitchell, Michael Brecker, Brian Ferry Band) As Jeremy plays many sold out gigs, book early!
Here is a clip of what you might expect… ?v=03p_Aqwfy88

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The Paul McKenna Band are coming to Cockermouth on Friday 18th Feb! Doors open 7pm and music from 8pm.

Scotland’s Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs, a combination that’s brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan.

Paul was a featured artist at the world renowned Transatlantic Sessions in 2019. Alongside Cara Dillon, Tim O’Brien, Molly Tuttle and the multi talented house band he performed a string of shows across the UK.

He and his band – comprising Robbie Greig (fiddle), Conal McDonagh (pipes/whistles), Conor Markey (banjo/bouzouki/guitars) and Ewan Baird (percussion) – draw on both Scottish and Irish roots, in a dynamic, full-bodied array of original and traditional material, along with songs by like-minded authors.

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Jazz@Kirkgate is back with The Zoe Gilby Quartet on Sunday 27th Feb at 7.30pm (doors 6.30).
Zoe Gilby was the 2019 Parliamentary Awards Jazz Vocalist of the Year and has received broad critical acclaim for her adventurous approach and compelling performance.
As a vocalist, songwriter and lyricist she tours extensively in the UK and abroad and has embarked on many diverse projects and collaborations that draw on influences from jazz and contemporary composers.
Along with double bassist Andy Champion, guitarist Mark Williams and drummer Richard Brown, she fronts a sophisticated quartet, delivering an engaging and atmospheric musical repertoire.
Here is a short clip of what you might expect.
Folk music royalty Leveret return to the Kirkgate on Saturday 12th March, doors open 7pm and music from 8.

Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble and is known for his work in Bellowhead and The Full English, and his new solo album The Unfinished Violin. Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a four-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and works with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective summer school and is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014), Emily Portman, Emma Reid, and Jon Boden.

Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new.With their first three albums and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as superb musicians, fine tunesmiths and captivating performers. On their new album Diversions they have brought their trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a newly unearthed set of upbeat and accessible traditional gems – truly great music from a band at the top of their game.

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Friday 22nd April The Rheingans Sisters are coming to town, doors open 7pm and music from 8.

photo: Elly Lucas

The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. The award-winning multi-instrumentalists, composers and folk scholars are nominated for ‘Best Duo/Group’ at 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Performing live, the sisters are inimitable; full-hearted performers and spontaneous, on-stage improvisors, with adventurous use of fiddles, voices, banjo, bansitar, tambourin à cordes, spoken word, dancing feet and percussion.

A unique and unmissable act on the folk and world music stage today, Rowan and Anna play a plethora of instruments in their live shows, many of them handmade by their luthier father Helmut Rheingans who is based in their native Peak District home.

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As well as our live bands we have our monthly Open Mic Night, first Friday of every month– in the bar after the Friday night film (9pm), to quench your live music thirst! Plus more gigs to be announced…. watch this space 🙂

Other events at the Kirkgate

Poets Out Loud meet on the second Wednesday every month, come along for a listen, or to share a poem. From 8.30 in the bar downstairs, free entry (donations gratefully received) and all welcome!

Yes! Quizmaster Toby Gaffney is back! With all the usual brainteasers and headscratchers we’ve come to love and admire 🙂 Teams of up to 6, come along together or join a team on the night, we’ll be rolling out the big screen and bracing ourselves for the challenge.


We have made the difficult decision to postpone our quiz. If you have already booked you will have received an email to let you know. Bookings now open for the revised date of Saturday 7th May (7.30pm).

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Did you know you can hire the Kirkgate for your own event?

That’s just what Al-Turnative DJ Hire have done, and they are taking us back in time a couple of decades for an 80’s/90’s Disco! Saturday 5th March from 7.30pm. All profits going to the Cockermouth Emergency Response Group.

Cinema at the Kirkgate

We have film screenings on;

Monday (7pm bar open and 8pm film)

Wednesday socially distanced and with subtitles (1pm bar open and 2pm film) and

Friday (6pm bar open and 7pm film) Friday night is pizza night thanks to our friends at Fermento! Simply order direct with Fermento, let them know you’re coming to the Friday film and we’ll do the rest.

For more information, and to book, simply click on a title…

French Dispatch (15)

Herself (15)


Almost Liverpool 8 (12)

Passing (12A)

Spencer (12A)

The Alpinist (12A)

Mothering Sunday (15)

Tick, Tick, BOOM! (12A)

King Richard (12A)

The Power of the Dog (12A)

Petite Maman (U)

House of Gucci (15)

West Side Story (12A)

Belfast (PG13)

We’re also excited to announce two productions to be screened from National Theatre Live!


Saturday 29th January, 7pm, tickets £12 (£8 U18)

A new play by Tom Stoppard

Directed by Patrick Marber

Tom Stoppard’s Olivier Award-winning new play Leopoldstadt is a passionate drama of love, family and endurance.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria. But Hermann Merz, a factory owner and baptised Jew now married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world.

We follow his family’s story across half a century, passing through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. A company of 40 actors represent each generation of the family in this epic, but intimate play.

Filmed live on stage in London’s West End, ‘Tom Stoppard’s masterpiece is magnificent’ (Independent) and should not be missed.

Philip Pullman’s ‘The Book Of Dust – La Belle Sauvage’

Thursday 17th February 7pm, tickets £12 (£8 U18)

adapted by Bryony Lavery
directed by Nicholas Hytner

Set twelve years before the epic His Dark Materials trilogy, this gripping adaptation revisits Philip Pullman’s fantastical world in which waters are rising and storms are brewing.

Two young people and their dæmons, with everything at stake, find themselves at the centre of a terrifying manhunt. In their care is a tiny child called Lyra Belacqua, and in that child lies the fate of the future. And as the waters rise around them, powerful adversaries conspire for mastery of Dust: salvation to some, the source of infinite corruption to others.

Eighteen years after his ground breaking production of His Dark Materials at the National Theatre, director Nicholas Hytner returns to Pullman’s parallel universe. Broadcast live from London’s Bridge Theatre.

Tasty Tuesday Treats!

Anyone for pizza? We’re now home to Magic Mountain Wood Fired Pizza, on Tuesday evenings from 5pm. ‘Lulu’, the trusty pizza van, will be parked just outside the centre providing delicious treats for the town. On a night when most of our other pizza places are closed we’re sure this will be a welcome addition to the Kirkgate Quarter.

**Lulu and Joe are taking a bit of a break while it’s so cold and damp!

They’ll be back in April 🙂

Check out the menu here, and place your order online or by calling 07463715806.