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 1st February
Edwina Hayes Tickets £10.00
I first heard Edwina when she supported Fairport Convention at the Coro early in 2014. I'm sure that many of you were there. At the interval there was a bigger queue to buy her music that Fairport's. I was in that queue. Since then she performed at our club in 2015. I am a huge fan and can't wait to see her again.
Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. Edwina numbers Michael Parkinson and Mike Harding among her fans and the title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her 'the sweetest voice in England'.
Her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister's Keeper and has since had over eight million plays on You Tube.
Edwina was born in Dublin and grew up in Preston, Lancashire before moving to the East coast of Yorkshire as a teenager, where she has been based ever since. Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwina's second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist.
Having signed with Warner Chappell Publishing and with an eclectic range of influences from Bob Dylan and Carole King to Van Morrison and Gillian Welch, Edwina released her debut album 'Out On My Own' on Warner Brothers to critical acclaim. Produced by Clive Gregson and Nick Drake producer John Wood, the record featured Dr Hook's Dennis Locorriere as a guest vocalist and became a favourite on Michael Parkinson's BBC Radio Show.
Edwina released her second album 'Pour Me A Drink' independently to great success. Much more stripped down and acoustic, Nanci Griffith covered the title track and Edwina's version of Feels Like Home was played in full in the major motion picture 'My Sister's Keeper' starring Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin. Edwina followed in the same style with her third release 'Good Things Happen Over Coffee' and touring constantly continues to attract wonderful reviews and fans worldwide.
In 2015 Edwina began songwriting and performing with Kate Bramley and Simon Haworth and together they formed the trio The Mile Roses. Their debut album was released in July 2017.
The Guardian - 'Edwina is a haunting honeyed solo songwriter'
Michael Parkinson - 'A very talented young lady'
Nanci Griffith - 'The sweetest voice in England. A wonderful young woman, so gifted and full of song'
Time Out - 'Sweet-voiced songwriter who has a fine line in gentle, country-tinged material'
Perez Hilton - 'Like a soft blanket'
Edwina will be supported by the fabulous Barney Kenny.
Friday 1st March
The Jon Palmer Band Tickets £10.00
Described 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", this eclectic line-up includes guitars, mandolin, whistle, double bass, violin, and drums, with everyone sharing vocal duties.
Frontman Jon is a former winner of the Grolsch UK Songwriter of the Year, and a published songwriter with Sony.
His band are known for their exciting live shows, and wearing their folk rock roots on their sleeves.
The Jon Palmer Acoustic Band are currently touring last summer's album, The Silences In Between, which was lauded in the national folk music press, including a five-star review in R2 Magazine.
They have recently re-entered the studio to work on a follow-up record, which is due to be released later this year.
The set-list for the show will be made up of old and new material, based around Jon's solo work.
The Band will be supported by Mike Willoughby of Striding Edge.
Friday 5th April
Merry Hell Tickets £10.00
Yes! They are back!
Merry Hell, our all-time favourite folk-rock band are back. We can promise you another lively evening with the Wigan musical wizards at Ulverston Sports and Social Club.
Since we last saw them here they have won two awards at the prestigious Folking.com Awards—Best Band and Best Live Act. If ever a band deserved them it is Merry Hell.
Those of you who have seen Merry Hell before will know all about them. For those that haven’t yet had that pleasure, then you have a treat in store.
Just watch the video clip link below, and see if you don’t agree.
Friday 3rd May
Jason Wilson Trio with
Simon Swarbrick Tickets £10.00
Jason Wilson's music has been described as "reggae-impressionism", "jazzy-reggae" or even "post-reggae". While none of these quite cover it, Wilson's art is, nevertheless, truly unique; it is a sound where reggae is freely brushed — not strictly detailed — allowing space on the canvass for wildly divergent inspirations to peek through. In essence, Wilson combines reggae with the improvisational sensibility of jazz and then layers it with the storytelling quality of the Scottish folk tradition.
Jason's music has caught the attention of many critics. The Beat's Ted Boothroyd confessed that Wilson's work is "deeply satisfying reggae for aware, intelligent grown-ups." Similarly, No Depression's Douglas Heselgrave believed that "the more I listen to Jason Wilson.the more I am convinced that he's onto something that may just help broaden the spectrum of how people consider reggae music."
The link with the Swarbrick family started with the late Dave Swarbrick, an amazing violinist, and continues with Simon Swarbrick - Dave’s maestro fiddling nephew and protégé, who adds a new dimension to the band.
You will recall the tribute tour Swarb! He Wears It Well, which came to Ulverston in January 2018. We just had to get them back, so here they are.
Friday 7th June
Chris James Tickets £10.00
The festival regular and former British Blues Awards nominee heads back to Ulverston Sports and Social Club on Friday June 7th.
James, from Carlisle, has more than 30 years of live shows under his belt, playing slide and fingerpicking blues and original songs. He has appeared at many of the major national blues festivals, such as Burnley, Colne, Dundee, Carlisle, Maryport and Durham.
Along the way he has also opened for many of the major names on the circuit, including John Mayall, Dr. Feelgood, Earl Thomas and Nine Below Zero, and was nominated in the acoustic category of the British Blues Awards in 2012.
He won through to the final of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues in London two years running, and also reached the final as one half of a duo with harmonica-player Martin Fletcher.
He also just happens to be one of our favourite performers.
Friday 5th July
Landermason Tickets £10.00
Details to follow.
Friday 13th September
Blyth Power Tickets £10.00
Details to follow.
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