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.



Thursday 29th June. At the Coronation Hall

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain  

        Tickets £25.00 


Friday 7th July

Sunjay                                         Tickets £10.00 

Sunjay's style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award. He also made the final selection for the BBC's Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.

It’s not every day you see a young guy in his twenties dissecting early twentieth century blues music. Even rarer is an artist tracing their exposure to the genre back to the age of five, but Sunjay is not your average performer. By exposing an incredible surplus of technical skill in working the whole length of his guitar from vigorous chord changes to expert picking, Sunjay reveals himself as a high class interpreter of folk blues drawing many plaudits from a variety of industry sources.

Sunjay continues to evolve as a performer in lavish assured portions, with a finely tuned wit added to the repertoire alongside the exquisite playing and developing vocals. The ear for picking a successful tune to interpret is acute, whether delving into the blues archives, sharing the songs of his peers or choosing something more contemporary.

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Friday 14th July

Jackson Sloan & the Rhythmtones

Tickets £15.00

At the Coronation Hall as part of the Retro Rendezvous weekend.

If you love to dance to jump blues, R n B, Rock n Roll, Boogie Woogie and Jive, then this is the time and place to be.

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Friday 8th September

Sean Taylor   Tickets £10.00 

Sean Taylor is a singer-songwriter from London who tours all over the world. He has released eight albums.  His last four albums were recorded in Austin,Texas with producer Mark Hallman.  The new album 'Flood & Burn' was released in February 2017 to excellent reviews

Sean tours regularly with double bass legend Danny Thompson who has appeared on Sean's last three albums.

Sean Taylor has toured throughout the UK and played Glastonbury festival four times, Cambridge Folk festival, Celtic Connections, Beautiful Days, Beverley Folk, Tolpuddle Martyrs, Chagstock, Secret Garden Party, Summertyne Americana Festival, Rhythms Of The World, Weyfest, St Ives Festival as well as hundreds of other shows in the UK & Europe.

He has played support slots for Robert Cray, Tony Joe White, Richard Thompson, John Fogerty, the Neville Brothers, George Benson, Tom Paxton, Eric Bibb, June Tabor, Band of Horses, Dick Gaughan and Martin Simpson.

He has also been to Ulverston a couple of times before.  His smoky voice and terrific stage presence make him very popular.  His songs are memorable and unique.  Come and have a listen

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Friday 6th October

Red Shoes   Tickets £10.00 

It’s over two years since red shoes last came to Ulverston Sports and leisure Club. In that time we have had many requests to get them back. So here they are.

Carolyn Evan’s passion for folk music, driven by her love of Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention songs, combined with husband Mark’s liking for American music played by such artists as Bob Dylan and John Fogerty, created a unique sound.

Contact with Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention, to see if he might be interested in their songs grew from a day’s studio time with a couple of songs, into a whole album with Peggy in the producers chair, along with Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and PJ Wright  (Little Johnny England) guesting on tracks. This new adventure culminated in the release of the critically acclaimed Ring Around the Land in 2009.

With the release of their second album "All The Good Friends", Red Shoes continue to create emotionally charged music combined with thought provoking lyrics. This latest recording is bringing them new fans and gaining them more critical acclaim.                           Buy Tickets                                                                                                                  Music


Saturday 14th October

The Cajun Roosters

At the Coronation Hall, supported by

Roomfull of Mirrors        Tickets £20.00 


Friday 3rd November

Red Dirt Skinners   Tickets £10.00 

The Red Dirt Skinners, a genre-busting husband-wife duo, continue to make musical waves. They are the first act in history to achieve accolades at the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards, plus the distinction of finalists in the Folk category for the UK Songwriting Awards. 
The current album, Behind The Wheel was nominated Album of the Year at the International Acoustic Music Awards and voted Folk/Roots Album of the Year in several polls.
Having no tie to any particular genre means that the Red Dirt Skinners sound is instantly recognisable. With male and female harmonies blending together as one voice and Sarah’s trademark soprano saxophone solos, you will be swept along by the refreshingly different approach to an evening of music making with this husband and wife duo.  
Five critically acclaimed albums to the good, The BBC described the Red Dirt Skinners as “taking the music scene by storm.” They have a natural rapport with their audiences and their live shows are a wonderful experience; a musical journey to remember. Be prepared for laugh out loud lyrics, followed by songs sure to pull at your heartstrings. Rob and Sarah Skinner will steal your hearts.

The best live album I've heard in yonks!" FATEA Magazine 10/10
"One of the best duos in the business" Blues In Britain Magazine
"Musically set apart from the mass of bands who are just copying what has gone before" Music News 4/5
"A fantastic live band full of warmth and stories that make each track authentic with personal connection" Bluesdoodles 10/10
"The space where the vocals of Sarah and Rob Skinner meet features two tones existing as a single note". The Alternate Root Magazine
"Close Harmonies don't come much sweeter" Classic Rock Magazine 8/10 "
“Homebred male/female duos don’t come more impassioned or impressive” Daily Mirror 4/5
"Outstanding harmonies" R2 (Rock n Reel) Magazine 4/5

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Friday 1st December

Anthony John Clark  

Tickets £10.00 

AJC is a true singer/songwriter and storyteller of the highest order. Add a great mix of gentle humour and you are in for a real treat of a night.

There are very few places in the UK and Ireland that Anthony John has not played. His supporters are loyal and many, and the tributes he receives from his peers bear witness to the talent and hard work of one of the folk scene’s nicest guys.

He retains his reputation as one of the top songwriters on the scene and his hard work and dedication to his craft are a credit to him. For him, songwriting is indeed a craft.

We are pleased to welcome him back after an absence that has been far too long.

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Friday 19th January 2018

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!”


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