Coro’ and Other Events
Bringing the best of live folk, blues and acoustic music to the South Lakes
Ulverston Live Music
Coro and other Events
Events organised by Ulverston Live Music to take place in the Coronation Hall or other local venues. Tickets for the Coronation Hall are available from the Coro Box Office.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Thursday 29th June 2017
Tickets are now on sale at £25. Box Office
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Heresy II Heritage Tour
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain has become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. ‘Heresy II Heritage’, their new tour charts the Uke’s rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall.
The Ukes of GB have performed for the British Royal Family, the BBC Proms, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, but heretics they remain, poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, bemused by all the hot air.
On an ongoing “hand-luggage only” world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music. They are masters of the unexpected, whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers’ own all-original compositions.
“Iconoclastic. Unabashed genre crashing antics. Nothing is Spoof proof.” Sunday Times
“Most people have to die before they become immortal. These ukulele superstars have no such worries.” New Musical Express
Friday 14th July
Jackson Sloan & the Rhythmtones
Tickets £15.00 Box Office
Jackson Sloan, over the years, has built up a reputation as an exceptionally talented and gifted frontman. Jackson’s love of the music evolved from his parents’ record collection, which led to Jackson’s attending live gigs in both his home town of Southend-on-Sea, all over Essex, London and Europe.
“The 100 Club, London, was my spiritual home, where I could get up close to my heroes, the great blues shouters, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie ‘Cleanhead’ Vinson, Jay McShann, Memphis Slim, Champion Jack Dupree and Big Joe Williams. Along with becoming a record collector, it became my passion to emulate these great musicians and voices. I got to meet the musicians and talk to them personally—I felt very privileged”
In 1982 Jackson formed ‘Rent Party’, a jump jive rhythm blues band playing the sounds of Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Liggins and Wynonie Harris, along with the Chevalier Brothers. They helped pioneer the jump sounds both in the UK and Europe. Rent Party held a weekly residency at the Railway Hotel and the Queens Hotel in Southend-on-Sea. Packing out those two iconic venues led to an agency deal in London. Rent Party then became one of the best live acts around. Numerous tours led to the band’s being invited by George Wein to play the Kool Festival in New York, and three nights at top Roots music venue, the Lone Star in Greenwich Village. Rent Party released four singles and one album on Waterfront records, culminating in working with top blues producer Mike Vernon.
“Working with Mike Vernon was a real pleasure. We recorded four live tracks in an old church hall—Mike did a terrific job that really helped to promote the band.”
After Rent Party folded and went separate ways in the roots music world, Jackson teamed up with ex-Rent Party musicians and formed seven piece rhythm n blues band Oobopshbam, playing and touring all over the UK and Europe, and recording a studio and live album. Jackson had a conversation with Ray Gelato, leading to recording a solo album. “Ray encouraged me to write original songs and record in a way that the classic records of Atlantic, Federal, Imperial and Speciality had a great live feel. After getting together with Ray and his great pianist Gunter Kurmeyer, they started putting together the songs, bringing in top double bass player Peter Pritchard, guitarist Richard Studholme, and Mike Thorne,one of the best rhythm n blues players in the UK.
Saturday 14th October
Tickets £19.00 Box Office (when available)
The Cajun Roosters
Roomfull of Mirrors
The Cajun Roosters are a multi talented, multi award winning, truly International band bringing together some of the finest and most experienced Cajun and Zydeco musicians in Europe. They have a reputation as one of the most authentic Cajun and Zydeco bands around which has put them in the forefront of the scene and earned them headline festival appearances in Germany, France, Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium and Italy.
The band plays music from the Louisiana swamps and prairies north west of New Orleans. One of the last great undiscovered musics of the modern world. It is a music which instantly grabs an audience and infuses them with a feeling of bonhomie and good times. Instant happiness as the fiddle and accordion weave their magic spell over unsuspecting audiences. Cajun and Zydeco is the main course mixed with a healthy side order of bayou blues and swamped up rock n roll.
Be ready to dance.
Eclectic folk rock outfit Room Full of Mirrors are established as one of the county's best-known acts, having appeared at many of the region's biggest festivals and events, including Solfest, Kendal Calling and a main stage appearance at Keswick Mountain Festival.
Drawing upon every rootsy genre, from Celtic tunes to reggae grooves, Eastern European vibes to Americana, Middle Eastern sounds to English folk music, the band have a pop sensibility and an infectious groove.
Incorporating mandolin, fiddle, and even a tin whistle into their sound, there are very few – if any – other bands in Cumbria doing anything similar.
Formed in 2010, their double album, Where the Hell Did That Come From? was released a year later, with the original copies selling out immediately, and their latest full-length, Fire in Your Soul, came out in 2013.
The band are led by Dawn Foster, providing guitar, fiddle and vocals, with professional musician and guitar teacher Paul Harrison and bassist Andy Moseley, who also plays mandolin, also sharing vocals, and Jake Dakin plays the drums.
Be ready to dance some more.
South Lakes Music Partnership