Welcome to a review of the 2019 bigger-than-ever Cockermouth Live!, a celebration of the fabulous wealth of talent we have here in this top left hand corner of England with 18 venues, 90 performances, and over 500 performers. Special mention must go to the open air performances in the grounds of Cockermouth Castle made possible by Lord & Lady Egremont. There was also the Meanders display of art in shop windows. All this was only possible because our Saturday day-time performers do it all for love and with the generous support from all of the local venues.

Bob Pritchard,Chair, Cockermouth Live!

PS Many thanks to the Cockermouth U3A Digital Photography Group for taking lots of photos of the day's events.

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As most of you already know, we had to postpone the performance by Kiki Dee and Carlo Luggeri at the very last minute, as Kiki was struggling with a throat infection. They did make the journey up to Cockermouth hoping to perform, but alas it was no go. Kiki & Carlo very kindly did a meet and greet as people arrived for the gig. The good news is that Kiki & Carlo are already scheduled to return to the Kirkgate on Friday 11th October.

Kiki Dee & Carmelo Luggeri

at The Kirkgate Centre
rescheduled for Friday October 11th at 8pm

Kiki Dee started singing with a local band in Bradford in the early 1960s. Her recording career began as a session singer. She released her first single Early Night and recorded her debut album I’m Kiki Dee in 1963. Her 1966 release, Why Don't I Run Away From You (a cover of Tami Lynn's I'm Gonna Run Away From You) was a big hit on Radio London and Radio Caroline, and her 1968 release, On a Magic Carpet Ride, has remained popular with the Northern Soul circuit.

In the United States she became the first white British artist to be signed by Motown, releasing her first Motown single in 1970. She then signed to Elton John’s Rocket label which resulted in two of her biggest hits, Amoureuse in 1973, and I've Got the Music in Me in 1974. She went on to have a number 1 with Don't Go Breaking My Heart duetting with Elton John in 1976. After a quiet period in the late 1970s, Kiki launched a comeback in 1981, releasing one of her biggest hits, Star on the Ariola label, written by Doreen Chanter of the Chanter Sisters.

In 1985 she performed at Live Aid, reprising Don't Go Breaking My Heart with Elton John and performing backing vocals on the other songs in his set. In the early 1990’s Kiki joined forces with songwriter, producer and guitarist Carmelo Luggeri, who's worked with Bill Wyman, Julian Lennon, Andy Williams, Paul Rodgers, Kenney Jones, Ray Cooper, Chris Rea and Ralph McTell. Carmelo produced some bonus tracks for The Very Best of Kiki Dee album, and, having hit it off musically, they took on a new musical direction together, playing acoustic concerts, starting with an appearance at The Royal Albert Hall for World AIDS Day in 1994.

Over the last 18 years, Kiki and Carmelo have successfully toured the UK and Europe with their unique acoustic-based show. Their first release in 1995 was the live album Almost Naked, which was recorded whilst on tour with violinist Vanessa-Mae. It was a shock at first to perform just the two of us, said Kiki. I remember bursting into tears after our first tour date, but it soon felt good to have the freedom of working with just a voice and guitar and writing songs while on the road.

Tickets: £20 from the Kirkgate Box Office (01900-826448)
or book online at Kirkgate Arts

Tickets from the original date for the show will still be valid

Henry Normal – Writing Comedy for TV, Film & Radio Workshop

at The Kirkgate Centre
Friday June 28th at 5.30pm

What are the top 20 mistakes and how can you avoid them?

Producer of many TV hits including Gavin and Stacey, the Mighty Boosh and Moone Boy and the Partridge film Alpha Papa, Henry talks through the common mistakes people make again and again. Co-writer of the Royle Family, Mrs Merton, Paul Calf, Coogan’s Run and the film the Parole Officer, Henry has worked in TV and film for 25 years. Using informal interaction with the group here he provides insight and solid examples of the pit falls of comedy writing. Targeting the advice to the specific needs and level of the writers attending Henry embraces everything from originality of ideas through the script editing process and selling to TV or Film companies.


Henry Normal: A Normal Family

at The Kirkgate Centre
Friday June 28th at 7.30pm

Based on Henry’s bestselling book of the same name, Henry discusses love, relationships and family drawing upon his own experience of bringing up his autistic and much acclaimed artistic son, Johnny (now 20).

The suburban beauty of Beatles ballads with the blunt candour of the kitchen sink The Guardian

Witty and uncannily accurate with his observations The Stage

Distinctly funny Time Out


Saturday June 29th, 1pm - 5.30pm

Jennings Cooperage Bar

Local Bands

Local bands performed from 1pm to 5.30pm.


Saturday June 29th, 1.30pm - 6pm

Fletcher Christian, Cockermouth

Local Bands

Local bands performed from 1.30pm to 6pm.


Saturday June 29th, 8pm - Midnight!

The Hunters, Cockermouth

DJ House/Techno Set with Francis Nikolas


Check out Francis Nikolas on SoundCloud and YouTube


Saturday June 29th, Music Around The Town

Live acoustic music in various venues


Saturday June 29th, The Hub, Market Street

Open from 1pm to 5pm for free tea, coffee and cake plus some great Live! music.

1.30pm - Graham Bell - acoustic covers with a truly skilled guitarist. Regular gigger in West Cumbria.
2.15pm - Phil Lewthwaite - offering his own songs inspired from the Lakes and his own life.
3.00pm - Alison Sharman - accompanied violin, with an eclectic selection from the classics and modern musicals
3.45pm - Paul Mogford - keyboard driven songs and music with well known covers and classical sounds
4.30pm - Phil Lewthwaite, Graham Bell and Paul Mogford - playing well known standards and songs from around the Lakes


Saturday June 29th, Wordsworth House

A variety of poetry & performance in a wonderful setting

Performing in the dining room (with free entry to Wordsworth house & garden)


Saturday June 29th, Choirs, Ukuleles and More at the URC

A lively mix of local choirs, ukuleles, and something special for little ones!

Upstairs at the URC

Downstairs at the URC - Sing & Sign with Louise Watson (free taster sessions)

Sing and Sign for babies : signing, singing, music, books and puppets. Teaching early communication pre-speech.

Helping babies communicate before speech.


Saturday June 29th, 1pm - 4pm
Jazz at Shills, Cockermouth

Enjoy some local jazz in the afternoon . . . NICE!

13.30-14.00 : Jack Moore, teenage sax sensation and festival favourite.
14.15-14.45 : Rose Finn – the jazz set - smooth jazz vocals
15.00-15.45 : MOJazzRS (Members Only Jazz Rhythm Section) is a jazz rhythm section, playing always as a team. Familiar tunes, transporting you to other times and places both near and far.
16.00-16.45 JaXaN – Jan Beck and Jaxx Sedgwick are two local acoustic guitar players blending Flamenco, Jazz, Blues & Country.
Each piece has a story to tell ….


Saturday June 29th, 2.15pm-3.15pm
Youth Theatreat the
Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth

The Kirkgate Youth Theatre presents two pieces:


Saturday June 29th, Dance
Christ Church Rooms, Cockermouth

At 2pm, Scottish Country Dancing. Come and try Scottish Country Dancing - great exercise for the body and mind as well as being lots of fun! For children & adults from 7 years to 97 – if the weather is good we may dance outside, just follow the music!


At 3pm U3A Latin American Formation Dance Team gave a sparkling demonstration and then offered social dancing open to all.


Saturday June 29th, Drama Space
St.Joseph's Church Hall, Cockermouth


Saturday 29th June, Music at Cockermouth Castle

By kind permission of Lord & Lady Egremont

These were open air performances in the outer bailey of Cockermouth Castle.

11.00-12.00 Cockermouth Mechanics Band
Cockermouth Mechanics Band, founded in 1825 by the mechanics who looked after the looms at Miller's Factory, therefore one of the oldest bands in the world since we are still playing. (Rumour has it that our chairman, Shafty, was one of the original band members.) We don’t take part in competitions but just represent our town & its villages and give concerts; therefore we are also the largest and happiest brass band in Cumbria. Best of all, we are conducted by Sarah Cannon. Eat your heart out, Brighouse and Rastrick.

12.15 -12.45 Sing In and Sing Owt Community Choirs
Two local a-capella community choirs (who formed the backbone of last year’s National Trust Fellowship Choir, performing on Lake District Summits) led by Dave Camlin

13.00-13.45 Alte Musik
U3A’s Early Music Ensemble. Performers on recorder and early instruments, founded by the late Bridget Hilton and now conducted by Richard Bennett.


June 29th to July 14th, Meanders: The West Coast



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.

Guided tours were led by Cockermouth Civic Trust. Tickets available from 17th June at the Cockermouth Tourist Information Centre, located in Cockermouth Library (01900-822634).


Sunday June 30th, Christ Church, 2.30pm
The Papcastle Community Orchestra

Present their annual festival concert


Join us for a family concert of colourful musical characters to close Cockermouth Live!

Rossini is played in several geographical locations, characters from Shakespeare's The Tempest are brought to life, and we remember Bridget Hilton in a special arrangement of Phil Wood's Three Intermezzi.


Anne-Marie will also sing a couple of unaccompanied songs.


Like to help with the 2020 festival?

We need volunteers to help organise and run the festival. There’s a role to suit everyone. Please volunteer if you can – it’s a great way to get involved and meet new people, while helping the Cockermouth LIVE! festival be a great success!

To volunteer, just email: volunteer@cockermouthfestival.org

If you'd like to get involved or have any general queries about the festival, please email us on: info@cockermouthfestival.org