According to a message from Rory Stewart MP and Hands Across The Border, this Saturday at the Auld Acquaintance Cairn, Gretna, behind the Old Toll House DG16 5JD. you will be welcome to join the free Britrocks Music Festival, bring a picnic and enjoy some great music. See the Britrocks web page .
The Cairn is now the focal point for people who want a united Britain.
In his latest letter Rory says:
“Dear Friends of Hands Across the Border,
We are 6 days away from a decision which could quite simply destroy our country. We cannot let a country that our ancestors sacrificed for so long to build, simply drift away through apathy, complacency and indifference. Instead, let us prove that when our country was at threat, our citizens were still prepared to stand and work together.
The event will be preceded by poetry readings at one o’clock from our especially commissioned poets: Charlotte Higgins and Magnus Dixon. Charlotte won the poetry society’s 2011 competition and has written a remarkable poem about the cairn. At just thirteen years old Magnus was named the 2013 Foyles Young Poet of the Year. He will read about his identity as a Scot and the referendum.This Saturday, we will gather English, Welsh, Irish and Scots, young and old, in solidarity –with optimism, showing, by our presence at the cairn, what a family of nations can mean.
Then at two o’clock we will host the extraordinary BRITROCKS! free music festival. We will hear everything from Afro-Jazz act the Waaw Waaws based in Edinburgh to the Opera singer Millie Underwood reflecting the diversity of our union. Other acts include The Alleys, Robby Boyd, Reuben Loftus and Christian Moss. Take a look at the BRIT ROCKS! website (http://www.britrocks.org/) to find out more details.
Please join us. Be a cairn-builder. Be a builder of the Union.
Very best wishes, and I very much hope to see you there,
Also Rory Stewart MP says:
“on Wednesday 17th, the night before the vote, we will be lighting a ‘Beacon for Britain’ at the Cairn. Everyone is also welcome to join us for our candle-lit vigil from 8 until 10 pm on the night of the 18th as we await the result of the referendum after polls have closed.
Let us unite and save our country!
Very best wishes,
P.S. Here are some thoughts on the strength and flexibility of Scottish identity: http://bit.ly/1rScf2j
Maulds Meaburn Village Institute
The Phoenix String Orchestra
‘Music for a Summer Evening’
Saturday, 17th May
Tickets in advance: £10-00; £5-00 for 5-11 year olds
Please ring Jane Owen: 01931 715 570
Alex Barbour: 01931 716 001
Proceeds will go to St. Lawence Church and Crosby Ravensworth and Maulds Meaburn Village Institute.
Pimms, soft drinks and nibbles are included in the ticket price and will be available during the interval.
Phoenix Strings was established on the Fylde coast in 2007, they will play light classical music and popular favourites.The Orchestra is proud to support charities, local initiatives and good causes. John Foster,musical director and conductor, is known both as a performer and teacher throughout Britain and the USA.
For more information: www. phoenixstrings.com
If you are at a loose end on Saturday evening (Oct. 26th) – you may like to come along to our Sunbeams Music For Life concert in Patterdale!
It is to be held at St Patrick’s Church in Patterdale, at 6pm next Saturday night and is Free to the public, with donations to Sunbeams welcome.
The Sunbeams Troupe are a group of adults with with physical and/or learning disabilities and mental health problems. They work regularly with Sunbeams Musicians to put together concert programmes, which they then perform throughout Cumbria and sometimes even further (see http://www.sunbeamsmusic.org/st-martin-in-the-fields.htm for details of their trip to London!)
They are a truly inspiring group of people, who love to perform and entertain. Annie herself, is of course the founder of the Sunbeams Charity and also a world class Harpist and Singer, and she will be joining the Troupe in their performance. They all thrive on a buzzing audience, and it would be wonderful to see a full venue for them next Saturday.
Many thanks for your time,
Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust
1 Greystoke Castle Estate
Cumbria CA11 0TG
Tel: 017684 83035
Registered charity no: 1117159
Company limited by guarantee no: 5794153
11/17/2012 02:16 PM
I thought the debut film show at Maulds Meaburn Village Institute last night (Nov.16) was a cracking success! Good folk from Eden Arts set up an enormous screen, the projector equivalent of Big Bertha and speakers in the main hall, while our live Blues musicians warmed up the audience a dedicated team ran the bar […]
This Is Your Chance To Express Support For Eden Arts Before The Axe Falls
I’m asking people I know in Cumbria to take a moment to respond to this petition and also to forward it to anyone you feel would like to have an opportunity to show their support for Eden Arts?
Eden arts was included in Arts Council’s National Portfolio at a low level of funding. A 70% cut from the local authority will destroy its ability to function effectively. Eden is the most poorly provided district in terms of the arts in Cumbria and has no public venues for the arts. Eden arts projects are all that exists within the district. It is vital that Eden arts are able to demonstrate support from residents in the district and sector based professionals in Cumbria. This petition is important in making their case.
Christian Barnes (CR)
tonight… poetry and music at Penrith’s Bluebell Bookshop
Jennifer Copley and David Tait with music from The Demix
and something to eat and drink
Excitement is mounting with the approach of Carlisle’s Big Weekend show. Amongst other musical talents, I hear that Fiona Clayton and Laura James (Eden’s Jewels) are going to be playing the Introduction stage as part of BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend Radio Show. It should be a great show!
We saw Fiona and Laura playing Cafe Bojangles in Appleby once and it was a superb show.
Fiona Clayton’s elfin good looks, fast and sensitive vocals, poignant lyrics and talent with guitar and keyboard make for a memorable live act. She also writes and performs her own stuff and her work is passionate in both its composition and delivery. She describes it as “surprising” and it is, it feels distinctly experimental. My favourite is probably “Soleil soleil”.
A singer-song writer since age 13, seven years of imaginative music composition during the wet-weather days of her youth and stealing time in the evenings to impress and be guided by her music teacher mother, plus dedicated practice and characteristically passionate live performance in east Cumbria’s pubs, clubs, and cafes, and major local festival appearances have made Fiona one of Cumbria’s best known female live performers now.
Fiona has played Nine Standards, Brampton, Ravenstonedale, Solfest, Kendal Calling and is also well known at Penrith Playhouse’s Plug & Play sessions.
I particularly enjoyed her performance of Alice in Cafe No.15 when she was playing solo. Now she is lead singer with the Alston Band ” Room Full of Owls”.
The themes in her songs are often surreal and there’s an air of vulnerability about her Folk-synth ballads that sometimes makes me wonder how she can be drawing sufficient breath to sustain herself as well as her vocals, and quite where the song will be going next. Any fears are misplaced, as she is well in control of the complexities of her highly individual and emotive music.
Laura James’ musical style is also emotive, but more in the popular vein with streaks of folk. She describes the ambience as “hippy” and that ties in with her sources of inspiration, her musical father, her love of art (Klimt), floral motifs and flowers generally. She demonstrates great strength and flexibility with her notes – her voice is soft, gentle but strong with steady highs and solid lows and easy falsetto. Laura James had us all hooked and rooted to our seats mid sound check! She has the looks to go with her sound too.
Good luck to all involved.
Lyvennet Community Pub Shares Top 100,000!
Residents of Crosby Ravensworth Parish (and visitors to the area) are a step nearer to having another drink and meal in The Butcher’s Arms now as the number of shares purchased in the Community pub has just passed the 100,000 mark. Residents hope that the pub will soon return to its popular role as community hub. The current landlord had to close its doors due to ill-health, now the residents are investing in shares for a community purchase of the pub. There are precedents for Community pubs to do very well (Hesket Newmarket’s Old Crown pub is a good example in Cumbria) and if the purchase goes ahead as planned the shares are expected to yield a minimum of 3% in their second year.
Share value can go down as well as up, but this share offering is backed up by the “bricks and mortar value” of the building itself. There’s a case of a community pub in Yorkshire exceeding its initial sales expectations by about 50%!
Community support, good food and cask ales would be a very good starting point.
See www.lyvennetcommunitypub.com for the latest news and for information about how to buy shares.