Cockermouth LIVE 2017

Andy Kershaw @ The Kirkgate Centre
Friday June 30th at 8pm

"The Adventures of Andy Kershaw"

An evening with the legendary broadcaster and foreign correspondent
Tickets: £15 from the Kirkgate Box Office

Friday June 30th @ Wordsworth House
The Professor of Adventure

Written and performed by Peter McQueen

Matinee performance 2pm, Evening performance 7.30pm
Limited capacity: 30 seats per show
Cost: £18 per ticket, £15 concessions (over 60, children, students)
Contact Wordsworth House directly on 01900-820884 for tickets.

"He smelt like a mountain goat, chain-smoked woodbines and lived in a cave in Borrowdale. Meet Millican Dalton, unlikely conservation hero, in this captivating and magical performance."

Snake Davis @ The Kirkgate Centre
Saturday July 1st at 7.30pm

Featuring "Classic Sax Solos"

Legendary UK saxophonist Snake Davis presents an exciting show of classics from Baker Street and Born to Run to Yakety Yak. Performing them in context along with anecdotes and their history. Snake Davis takes solos from sax masters across the world and performs them with his breathtaking skill.

An instrumental solo can break hearts, lift spirits, even change lives in extreme cases. Sax is the favourite instrument for many folk, and for good reason. Saxophone, in the right hands, is so emotional, so passionate; it sings, screams, whispers.

Joined by Gareth Moulton (Cutting Crew) on vocals, legendary UK saxophonist Snake Davis and his band give us over 20 classics, including Baker Street, Careless Whisper, Still Crazy after all these Years, Respect, Yakety Yak, and his own solos from Million Love Songs, Moving on Up, Search for the Hero, and Lisa Stansfields "Change".

Revealing some of their background and history as well as playing them in context. What is their individual magic ingredient, what makes them classic? How did they come about, how did the players produce that magic?

Sultry sax, searing sax, screaming sax, sexy sax, soulful sax, this show has it all.

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Afternoon Session with Snake Davis

Snake is well known for his Band concerts, also as sax-man to the stars, having toured and recorded extensively with Lisa Stansfield, The Eurythmics, M-People, Swing out Sister and Take That (he played the solo on “A million Love Songs”). Here is an opportunity to see and hear Snake in a more intimate setting. An informal session with music and chat. Snake will introduce his large family of instruments, tell some tales from life on the road and take questions on absolutely any subject.

Tickets for this are £5, but are free if booked with the puchase of a ticket for the evening concert.

Concert tickets are £19 and £14 for under 18s. Booking highly recommended for this event. Tickets for both the Afternoon Session and the Concert are available now from the Kirkgate Centre box office.

Saturday July 1st, 1pm - 6pm
Jennings Cooperage Bar
Local Rock Bands

Local rock bands perform from 1pm to 6pm.
This is a free event.

Further details to be announced.

Saturday July 1st, Jennings Brewery Tours, 1pm & 3pm

Courtesy of Jennings, there will be two FREE brewery tours on Saturday afternoon starting at 1pm and 3pm. Although these are free, they must be pre-booked through the Jennings Brewery Shop by calling 01900-820362. Please note these free tours can not be booked on line.

Cockermouth Castle Visits

By kind permission of Lord & Lady Egremont

The first castle was built by the Normans in 1134, with significant additions made in the 13th and 14th centuries.

This is another opportunity to look around the beautiful gardens in the castle ruins. Guided tours will be led by Cockermouth Civic Trust.

The Castle visits are free, but must be pre-booked. More information about how to book will be available soon.

Sunday July 2nd
Christ Church, 2.30pm
The Papcastle Community Orchestra

The traditional closing concert from this 50-strong orchestra, conducted by Phil Wood. This year's concert will feature "British Music".

Programme details and ticket information to be announced.

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