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Craig Duggan

17 May 2019 - 19:30

Cumbrian Connections by Craig Duggan.

Scotland, Ireland, Wales, the North East of England and many other regions have a great wealth of songs that have some connection with that region,  either historical, geographical, social commentary or even comedy.

Cumbria and the Borders also have a very rich, diverse and interesting tradition of songs.  In performing these songs at these concerts, I am trying raise people’s awareness to these traditional and contemporary songs that have a connection in some way to the region , its people, places and culture and hopefully entertain as well. I was born in Yorkshire and have lived in or very close to Cumbria for over 50 years and have been singing and playing the guitar since the 1970’s at venues around the county, the north of England, Scotland and also in Europe.

In 1953 Jack little, a sound recording enthusiast from Carlisle recorded some songs collected by Robert Forrester and Norman Alford in the Crown and Thistle, Rockliffe and the Plough inn, Wreay in north Cumberland ( Cumbria came into existence in 1972).These direct –cut recordings were then lodged in County archives for safe keeping, and forgotten.

In 1975 a lady called Sue Allan of the Ellen valley band came across these recordings in the county records office in Carlisle Castle and some years later put out a vinyl album of these recording called Pass the Jug Round. I bought the album, learned some of the songs and began performing them, adding more and writing  songs  over the years until I had enough to perform a concert of songs with a Cumbrian connection. In the late 1990,s I recorded a C.D called Songs of Cumbria. I also have a new C.D. Called Cumbrian Connections recorded a few years ago with some special guests .  Again this C.D comprises of contemporary and  traditional songs that have a connection to the region. I don’t perform any hunting songs.

I will be performing these songs in the wonderfull Café /meeting room at Threlkeld Village Hall on Friday 17th May 2019.

Tickets £14 which includes a Cumbrian Beef Pie and Pea Supper. Doors open 7pm, food served at 7.30pm with Craig starting around 8.30pm. A bar will be available with other refreshments too. For more information contact Steve at the coffee shop on 017687 79501 for booking information.  Seats are limited so be quick.

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