Ulverston Live Music

Bringing the best of live folk, blues and acoustic music to the South Lakes    

Unless otherwise stated, events on this page will take place at Ulverston Sports Club, Priory Road, Ulverston LA12 9HT.

Doors are open from 7.45pm.


Friday 19th January

Dave Swarbrick Tribute Tour     Tickets £15.00 

Swarb! It Suits Him Well , is a touring tribute of minstrel friends that have come together to celebrate the great Dave Swarbrick and his music.

“Swarb” very sadly passed away in 2016. He left clear instructions that there was not to be a funeral. So …there wasn’t. However, before he died, he did talk about one last bash with all his friends making great music and having lots of fun. He may not have wanted a funeral but he didn’t say anything about a Wake! So, we are giving him and his friends that party and everyone around the UK the chance to raise a glass in salute and share many very happy memories of the great man.

Joining together to pay tribute to Swarb’s matchless career will be our M.D. Jason Wilson plus the Canadian folk/reggae fabulous Jason Wilson Band from Canada, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick and Simon Swarbrick - Swarb’s maestro fiddling nephew and protégé. 

The material will cover the legacy that is Swarb’s immense back catalogue, from his early beginnings with Beryl Marriott to the BBC Radio Ballads (Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, A.L.Lloyd), Ian Campbell Folk Group to the groundbreaking duo Carthy & Swarbrick , the golden years with Fairport Convention and on through his blazing “red” years with the singer/songwriter Alistair Hulett. Never one to rest on his laurels, Swarb’s last great musical adventures were playing with the sensational Canadian Jason Wilson Band, which produced two studio albums with Swarb. The very latest ‘KAILYARD TALES’ is being mixed now and will be exclusively launched on this tour!

The troupe will be joined at various ports of call by special guests and old pals such as Pee Wee Ellis, Cathal McConnell, Duncan Wood, and many more tbc and surprises.

This will be the Wake of all Wakes and a fantastic night to remember our national folk fiddling treasure “SWARB!”


Mike Willoughby will be our support act for this concert


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Friday 2nd February

Simon Kempston   Tickets £10.00 

Simon Kempston last played Ulverston Sports Club six years ago.  I can’t believe we have left it so long to get him back.  In those six years Simon has developed a huge following in Germany and Switzerland.

Simon Kempston himself is as unassuming as they come; he possesses a kind of laid back charisma and old school charm that entirely suit his style of music and underplays the genius that is his musical talent. It is clear that the guitar he plays has been with him all his life – it is like an extension of his arm.

The set he plays is a mixture of song, classical and instrumental music, and is entirely acoustic. Two guitars make an appearance, as do several knowing smiles as his audience laugh with his easy humour.  His set is punctuated with openly honest stories of his life as an artist and the beautiful and varied inspirations for his songs.

This is a show with more than just music. But the music at its heart is sensational in the most literal sense.

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Friday 2nd March

Jon Palmer Band   Tickets £10.00 

The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band is a highly acclaimed 6-piece folk, roots and rock & roll combo based in and around the musically vibrant West Yorkshire market town of Otley. The line-up includes guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin, and drums. Everyone sings!

Describing the band as “a cross between The Pogues and Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Session Band –with a bit of Waterboys and Saw Doctors thrown in for good measure”, Leeds Music Scene said the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band left them “spellbound and desperate for more!” Jon is a former winner of the Grolsch UK Songwriter of the Year, and a published songwriter with Sony.


a cracking new album” – Mike Harding

Should there be any justice, ‘The Silences In Between’, will be the album that raises Jon Palmer Acoustic Band from Yorkshire’s ‘best kept secret’ to wider recognition.” – FolkWords.com

The bottom line is that this is a superb album of 21st century folk-rock. Go out and buy it in thousands and make the Jon Palmer Acoustic Band rich and famous.” – Folking.com

“I never tire of this band, soaring songs, sing-along choruses… and passion. Perfect! Do yourself a favour and acquire Live at Otley Courthouse. Do yourself a second favour: go see them at their live best” 5 Stars – R2 Magazine

A blur of hedonistic delight” – Fatea Showcases

Jon Palmer is a very fine songwriter… if the band were a heavy electric group they’d be The Levellers, but that would lose the subtlety of the acoustic performance.” – R2 Magazine (Rock n Reel)

Genuinely well written songs” – Maverick Magazine

they explode out of the same box as The Pogues, The Saw Doctors, and The Waterboys… a fantastic band” – The Troubadour Show

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Friday 6th April

Tannahill Weavers      Tickets £10.00 

As they approach their 50th anniversary, the Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands.  There diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs and original ballads and lullabies.  Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people.  These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant and humorous performances and outstanding efforts that seemingly can’t get better… yet continue to do just that.

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