Folk music legend to sing at Windermere

Folk music star Eliza Carthy will sing at a special ‘Lakes and Legends’ concert in Windermere next month. It is being staged to celebrate the end of the three year Windermere Reflections environmental campaign which finishes later this summer.

The concert is part of a series of events that highlight the positive work completed by WR, a Heritage Lottery Fund supported programme that aims to improve the environment in the Windermere catchment, with a particular focus on its lakes.

The concert will be held at 7pm on Thursday 24 July at The Lakes School, Windermere. Eliza will be performing with musician Saul Rose and supported by Furness Tradition young folk musicians NoJ; who will also play during the interval. Grasmere’s storyteller Taffy Thomas will also be performing a special commission with Eliza and Saul.

Eliza Carthy is the daughter of folk legends Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson, who both played a huge part in the British revival of folk music. Beginning at the young age of 13, Eliza started her own group with mother Norma and Auntie Lal. Since then, she has gone on to receive two nominations for the Mercury Music Prize ‘Best Album of The Year’ award. She also won Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Folk Singer of The Year’ with her album ‘Angelica’.. Last year she released her double album ‘Wayward Daughter’.

Melodeon player and folk singer Saul Rose is no stranger to Carthy, they toured together last year, on Carthy’s ‘Wayward Daughter’ tour to celebrate her 21 years of musicianship.

Storyteller Taffy Thomas, of Grasmere’s Storyteller’s Garden, originally began as a Literature and Drama tutor at Dudley College of Education, and is founder and director of the folk theatre company Magic Lantern. From his extensive collection of over 300 different stories, Taffy will be treating the audience to two stories on the theme of Lakes and Legends.

NoJ are a new grouping of local youngsters who are thrilled to be learning from and playing with one of their musical heroes, whilst using their music to deepen their connection to the landscape.

Tickets are being sold at Esquires coffee shop, Ambleside and Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal for £8. All proceeds including donations for wine, beer and snacks will go to help Nurture Lakeland continue the ‘Love your Lakes’ work they have been delivering with Windermere Reflections for the last three years.

Windermere Reflections’ programme manager Liz Davey said: “We are really excited that Eliza Carthy is coming to the area and helping us celebrate the end of our programme in style and that the event will raise funds to help sustain some of the work we have been delivering.”

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