Cockermouth LIVE 2017

More details for the 2018 festival to be
announced on the main web site.
Meanwhile here's what 2017 was all about.

Andy Kershaw @ The Kirkgate Centre
Friday June 30th at 7.30pm

"The Adventures of Andy Kershaw"

An evening with the legendary broadcaster and foreign correspondent.

Friday June 30th @ Wordsworth House
The Professor of Adventure

Written and performed by Peter Macqueen

"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 8pm

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.

"A virtuoso saxophonist" DAILY TELEGRAPH

Afternoon Session with Snake Davis, 3pm at the Kirkgate

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.

Saturday July 1st, 1pm - 6pm
Jennings Cooperage Bar

Local Rock Bands

Local rock bands perform from 1pm to 6pm.

Saturday July 1st, 1pm - 6pm
The Kingfisher, Cockermouth

Local Rock Bands

Local rock bands perform from 1pm to 6pm.

Saturday July 1st, "Music Around The Town"

Live acoustic music in various venues including -

Saturday July 1st, "Choirs and Ukuleles at the URC"
10.30am - 3.45pm

A lively mix of local choirs and ukuleles!

Also at the URC,

at 11:15am and 3pm - "UKE CAN DO IT"

Ukulele workshops for absolute beginners of all ages. Barrow-based entertainer and showman Gary Bridgens will show you how, with enough plastic ukes for everyone to join in.

and in the URC forecourt,


A circus skills family workshop - drop in and have a go!

Saturday July 1st, Music at Wordsworth House

A variety of music & performance in a wonderful setting

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

Courtesy of Jennings, there were two FREE brewery tours on Saturday afternoon starting at 1pm and 3pm.

Saturday July 1st, Jazz at Shills, 1pm - 3.30pm

Local jazz in the afternoon . . .

Featuring Jack Moore (sax), the MOjazzRS (with keyboard wizard, Mike Ames) and Brian Melville’s mellow keys. NICE!

Saturday July 1st, Kirkgate Centre,
1.30pm - 2.45pm

Scottish Country Dancing Demonstration

Saturday July 1st @ Victoria Hall, "Just Soph"

Performances at 10.30am; 12.30 pm; 2.30pm

A new piece of interactive storytelling for curious children and their best beloveds! Have you ever wondered how the Camel got his hump? Or how the Elephant got his trunk? Just Soph is a high quality piece of theatrical storytelling created for children aged 4-7 and their families, adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s The Just So Stories. With original live music, puppetry and physical theatre, join storyteller Soph alongside a host of curious characters on a very special journey.

Characters from the stories leap off the page, with puppets created from familiar objects. A violin becomes a raft, plant pots become a camel, a plastic bag becomes a whale and, crucially, children actively participate in the telling of each story.

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 was another opportunity to look around the beautiful gardens in the castle ruins. Guided tours were led by Cockermouth Civic Trust.

Sunday July 2nd, Christ Church, 2.30pm

The Papcastle Community Orchestra

"Molly, Mars & Mischief at the Barber's"

A concert of British music, conducted by Philip Wood, leader Isobel Fenton, including works by Holst, Grainger, Edward German, Vaughan Williams, Frederick Rosse, Gordon Jacob, Albert Ketélby.


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