|The Storming Northern Roots Band|
Calendar 2007: total of 74 shows
Check out our public bookings: *Orange*
Private functions: Blue
|Tuesday 2nd||Windermere: Merewood Hotel|
Mike Willoughby: Solo: The Nest, Rawlinson Street, Barrow. 8.30 p.m.
|Saturday 20th||Lancaster: Town Hall|
|Thursday 25th||Lancaster: Lancaster House Hotel|
|Friday 26th||Lancaster: Grammar School|
|Saturday 27th||Lancaster: Town Hall|
|Saturday 10th||Greenod: Village Hall|
|Saturday 17th||Bowness-On-Windermere: Broad Leys|
|Friday 23rd||Wigton: The Stocksman|
|Saturday 3rd||Kendal: IBIS Football Club|
|Saturday 10th||Askham: Village Hall: Eden Runners|
|Thursday 15th||Kendal: Queen Katherine's School|
|Friday 16th||Carnforth: Railway Club|
|Saturday 17th||Lancaster: Our Lady's High School|
|Saturday 24th||Morecambe: Strathmore Hotel|
|Saturday 31st||Muncaster: Castle|
Staveley: Village Hall: Ceilidh
|Saturday 21st||Lancaster: St. Thomas's Church|
|Saturday 28th||Ambleside: Rugby Club|
|*Friday 26th||Lancaster: John O' Gaunt.|
|Saturday 5th||Buttermere: Fell and Rock Climbing Club Anniversary|
|Saturday 12th||Barnard Castle: The Witham|
|Saturday 19th||Penrith: Private House|
|Wednesday 23rd||Lancaster: Christchurch School: KS1 ceilidh!|
|Friday 25th||Blackburn: Canbarra Club|
|Saturday 26th||Cockermouth: Saint's Room|
|Sunday 27th May||Armathwaite: Nord Vue Farm|
|Saturday 2nd||Staveley: Beer Hall|
|Saturday 9th||Cockermouth: Saint's Room|
|Friday 15th||Lancaster: Gregson Centre|
|Saturday 16th||Lancaster: Arkholme Village Hall|
|Wednesday 20th||Borrowdale: Institute|
|Friday 29th||Glenridding: Inn On The Lake|
|Saturday 30th June||Ivegill: Village Hall, North Lakes, Nr. Carlisle.|
|Saturday 7th||Outgate: Belmont House|
|Tuesday 10th||Grange: Netherwood Hotel|
|Thursday 12th||Ulverston: Sports and Leisure Club|
|Friday 13th||Cockermouth: Kirkgate Centre: Borrowdale Johhny Tour|
|Saturday 14th||Melmerby: Village Hall|
|Sunday 15th (p.m.)||Newby Bridge: Lakeside YMCA|
|Sunday 15th (eve.)||Borrowdale: Lodore Falls Hotel|
|Thursday 19th||Windermere: Cragwood Hotel|
|Friday 20th||Staveley: Village Hall: Khatmandu Charity Ceilidh|
|Saturday 21st||Orton: Village Hall|
|Monday 23rd||Windermere: Cragwood Hotel|
|Friday 17th||Glenridding: Inn On The Lake|
|Saturday 1st||Bolton Le Sands: Community Centre|
|Thursday 13th||Staveley: Beer Hall|
|Saturday 15th||Dent: Village Hall|
|Friday 21st||Blennerhasset Village Hall: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets: Caroline Turner 016973 21944|
|Saturday 22nd||Ambleside: Low Wood Hotel|
|Saturday 29th||Keswick: Labour Club: Keswick Mountain Rescue|
|Friday 5th||Plumland Village Hall, Nr. Apatria: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets: Ray Jones 016973 23262|
|Saturday 6th||Ulverston: Sports and Leisure Club|
|Friday 12th||Arnside Educational Institute: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets: 01524 762254|
|Saturday 13th||Shap Wells Hotel: Bob Graham Round Club|
|Saturday 20th||Portinscale: Village Hall|
|Thursday 25th||Glenridding: Inn On The Lake|
|Friday 2nd||Waberthwaite Village Hall: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets: Mary Stewart 01229 717218|
|Monday 5th||Glenridding: Inn On The Lake|
|Friday 9th||Skirwith Village Hall: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets: 01768 88234|
|Saturday 10th||Morecambe: Christchurch|
|Friday 16th||Boldorn Village Hall: Borrowdale Johnny: CONCERT|
|Saturday 17th||Lancaster: Grammar School|
|Friday 23rd||Cliburn Village Hall: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets: 01931 714218|
|Saturday 24th||Threlkeld Public Rooms: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets: 017687 79172|
|Sunday 25th||Brampton Community Centre: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets: 016977 45023|
|Friday 30th||Santon Bridge Village Hall: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets: David Evans 019467 26278|
|Saturday 1st||Kirkland Mission Hall: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets: Michael Johnson 01946 817545|
|Friday 7th||Sedbergh People's Hall: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Saturday 8th||Armathwaite Old School Hall: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Sunday 9th||St. John's Chapel Town Hall: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets: 01388 537680|
|Friday 14th||Staveley: Beer Hall|
|Saturday 15th||Mawbray Culterham Hall: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets:Steve Weedall 01900 881499|
|Friday 21st||Ullock Village Hall: Borrowdale Johnny|
|Tickets: Gerry Millar 01946 861136|
This is our journal for 2007. This year has been the busiest ever for Striding Edge, with a total of 74 shows completed: Testament to the the fact that we have become probably the most popular cutting edge roots band in the region!
And what a great year it was too! A terrific round of gigs over the winter spring and summer led to the 'Borrowdale Johnny' tour in the autumn/winter, to launch our brand new album. This was a hugely successful concert/ceilidh tour, taking in 16 community venues that were mainly packed to the rafters with attentive listeners (for the concert) and dancers (for the ceilidh!) Now read all about it....
'Borrowdale Johnny Show' went out to 16 village halls throughout Cumbria and Durham, from September through to mid December!
Many folks came to see us launch our brand new album 'Borrowdale Johnny' with these very special shows. At most shows, a seated concert presenting a sequence of songs and tunes from the album started the show, telling the story of Borrowdale Johnny's epic journey from Borrowdale and back again.
This was followed by a ceilidh dance which will gave the audience a rousing couple of hours to enjoy themselves on the dance-floor, interspersed with some 'floor spots' from the band, including clog dancing, border pipe playing, and big chorus songs (Including the classic 'Sally Grey') that everyone loved singing along to!
This tour was organised by 'Highlights' and 'Way Out West' rural touring schemes. Our great thanks to Barbara Slack and Bob Pritchard for all their hard work in putting this excellent schedule of dates together! The tour took us to community venues around Cumbria and County Durham; the bed-rock breeding ground of our brand of music, which made it a highly exciting and energising 'down to the roots' tour for us, and our local audiences. We practised hard to make these the best Striding Edge shows ever. As you can see by the comments, we went down a storm on every show, which made us realise that we suceeded!
June/ July 2007
Staveley Beer Hall: Saturday 2nd June. Heavenly beer at Hawkshead Brewery's fab new venue: Great wooden dance floor, too. Smashing venue for Mike and Ali's 25th Wedding anniversary party, full of ceilidh-heads in the party mood who hit the dance floor all night, in between scoffing some famously fab food from Wilf's next door!
There were 17 more action-packed gigs over June/July: weddings, concerts, community events galore! August, we played one gig then took a break. Pheww!!!!
Armathwaite, Nord Vue Farm, 27th May A huuuuge barn filled with revellers, to finish a great week on the road. Old pal Stuart Clarke organised this with Charles Lowther, a big party to celebrate the opening of Charles's new equstrian center. Good also to share the stage with old pal, colleague, street entertainer Jem Famous!
Cockermouth, Saint's Room, 26th May Great to discover a cracking new venue in the lakes, Cockermouth's Saints Room: a puuurfect venue for a good ceilidh, with an excellent stage, lovely wooden dance floor, evening light pouring through leaded windows and, on this occasion, a tremendous dance crowd for Peter and Lottie's wedding. An impossible crowd to tire, we kept cranking up the pace and the dancers kept with it an hollered for more!!
Lancaster Christchurch School, 23rd May. A 'Katy Morag' themed ceilidh for lots of very young KS1 kids: We adapted the dances and the music to the required level, drawing on our considerable experience of working in schools with exciteable children! A great fun afternoon!
Great Salkeld, Burrel Green Farm, 19th May. Deep in the lush Eden valley, we found our way to this big marquee on a pig farm! Two fine pigs kept us company while we were waiting to go on, though we must amit that we all induldged in eating a little of their sister at half-time (organic, of course!) Even Juliet, usually veggie, relented on this one. Our best wishes to the wedding couple, Alex and Sarah!
The Witham, Barnard Castle, 12th May. A big, glorious, cavernous town hall with a real sprung dance floor. Always one of our favourite venues, away across the East Cumbrian moors. Happy 40th birthday, Angus! See you and Susan at your '80th! It was great playing for you and your 'up for it' crowd once again!
Buttermere: Birkness Climbing Hut: Fell And Rock Climbing Club: Saturday 5th May. This gig is where the music of the Lakeland mountains that we play comes home to it's roots: With 40's Buttermere Rock climbing hero Bill Peascod proudly portrayed on the club hut wall, and thundering out in our anthemic song 'Poor Man's Mountains', it felt totally right and in-tune to be playing to this wonderfull crowd of mountain enthusiasts, overlooked by the mighty crown of glorious Grey Crag.
Ambleside Cricket Club: 28th April: Alan's 60th Birthday. Wow, good to play at this club again: Last time we were here was 11 years ago! A mixed age-range crowd who got more exciteable and involved in the dancing as the night progressed. Turned into a reet cooking night.
John O' Gaunt: Lancaster: 26th April: After all the big, cooking dance nights we've played recently, it was a refreshing contrast to play this intimate little pub gig with an a good crowd of listeners, including Lee from Oysterband and his missus Sarah, who were on the front row! Great also to meet many old friends at this traditional warm Lancashire gig: Hi Noni, Tony!
Lancaster: 20th/21st: Two good solid ceilidhs in Lancaster. Nice to gig with James guesting on double bass.
Staveley Village Hall: 14th April: Ok, we're off and away for the summer now with this excellent ceilidh: A public gig, in aid of the MacMillan nurses, packed out with a crowd of 140, many of whoum are old friends we've seen at Striding Edge gigs in Lakeland down the years. A no-holds-barred, 'go for it' crowd hit the dance floor for every dance and set the hot and sultry night alight with their wild energy. 'Edge' Rocked, too. Wey-hey, a cracking ceilidh indeed. Thanks to Sally Flemming for promoting this gig so very well! See ya all again!
Muncaster Castle: 31st March: Janet and David's wedding saw a sprightly set of dancers take the floor throughout: Nice to be back in The Old Laundry in way out West Cumbria playing to such a warm bunch of people!
Strathmore Hotel: Morecambe: 24th March: This was a great, bubbling melting pot of a sociable gig: A couple's golden wedding anniversary, with their five children and nineteen grand-children in attendance! All had a fine time. Piccies below are of us playing, with guest fiddler Wal on this occasion.
Our Ladies High School: Lancaster: 17th March.Three nights on the road and we're still standing! More high energy jinks on the dance floor on this now traditional yearly gig: Lovely big dance floor, lovely big dance crowd celidhing all night to our big beat. Phew! Now I can go home and Sleeeeep!
Railway Club: Carnforth: 16th March: Second night of the St. Patrick's tour is an outreach gig for community music company More Music In Morecambe, (Ben and Rick work for 'em in the day) and as we crunched through the glistening reef of broken glass to get into the club, it definitely had that 'outreach' feel about it: However, a small intimate gig with an attentive crowd ensued; not by any means our usual bonkers dance crowd (a total contrast from the night before!) but enjoyable non-the-less.
Queen Katherine School: Kendal: 15th March: Advertised as a post-exam de-stresser for 6th formers, to be quite honest we didn't know what to expect of this gig, as school gigs can be a reet mixture: We needn't have feared, as this was by far the best school crowd we have ever played to: The whole 6th form hitting the dance floor for every dance and really going for it in a joyous mass that was a delight to behold and play to. Phew! All that energy! We really cranked up the tempo on some numbers and maxed out on the dance length and yet still couldn't tire out this wonderfull bunch. See you again, we hope!
Askham Village Hall: 10th March: Our now traditional yearly gig for the Eden Runners club, which being a ceilidh for runners is always a high energy affair. This is a really nice big village hall with lots of dance space and stage space to really spread out and let go... Oh yes, and so we did, playing a nice big long set oozing with all them classic BIG dances (Cicillian circles...love 'em!) and BIG tunes (Common Ground:Trip To The Lakes: love 'em, too!) Thanks to Sally and the gang for having us over again to play this queen of ceilidhs!!
Kendal Football Club: 3rd March: A buzzing night of dance floor action for Wyn's 60th birthday party, puctuated by everyone piling out onto the car park every so often to watch the lunar eclipse! Wyn's daughter Jo's african drumming band Sister Slap played a groovy dance set that got everyone swaying: hope we can gig with this crew again!
The Stocksman, Wigton: 23rd February: A lovely night playing in far North Cumbria, for Elizabeth's 60th. Good to see so many familly friends from all over the country re-united on the dance floor. Elizabeth writes:
Broad Leys, Windermere: 17th February: Broad Leys is a stunning listed building on the shores of Windermere, and the traditional home of Windermere racing club. Kath and Tim's wedding crowd enjoyed a good time mix of Traditional Lakeland songs and ceilidh dances with us, and it was interesting for us to play at this intruging venue with its beautifull sweeping views across Windermere.
Greenod Village Hall: 10th February: Greenod hall is a great example of how to re-vamp a small village hall and create an excellent space for dancing and socialising. It's even got the bar in the same room as the dancing, which is always a recipe for success! An success it was, a lovely flowing night of dancing for Dave and Maggie's wedding, with many familiar local faces: Hi Luke and my neighbours Rob and Rachel!
We did have a very 'spinal-tap' moment early in the night just as we were all getting into the cavernous venue. Carloyn disappeared, and then Rick got frantic messages on his mobile phone asking him to come and find her, and release her from a dark, tomb-like room whose heavy door had shut immovably behind her! After much frantic searching of the vast honey-comb gothic complex that is Lancaster Town Hall, Rick finally discovered 'Carolyn's Crypt' and like a knight in shining armour let her out: Thankfully just in time, as she had to fire up her bagpipes for when the guests arrived!! Carolyn was rather thankfully, as she didn't wish her skeleton to be found centuries later by bored workmen, her skeletal cobwebbed digits clasped around a brittle bagpipe chanter....no don't worry folks, we're all very much alive and looking forward to a return booking for the hospice in 2008!
Lancaster Grammar School: 26th Jan is a now traditional yearly gig for us, and always excellent fun. Another great, sprung wooden dance floor and a spirited crowd in formal attire, and a keen fell-runner as a host! Spectacular airy views from the stage onto the 100-strong jigging and reeling crowd...
Lancaster House Hotel: 25th Jan: An informally small but engaged (i.e. roaring wild!) crowd fired up with neaps, haggis and strong whisky: some of the most 'unrestrained' and 'on the edge' ceilidh dancing we've seen for a goodly while! Phew, needed my gin and Cranberry when I got home....
Supertonic Studio: Morecambe 12th Jan. Carolyn, Mike and Rick gather to listen to the final mixes of our forthcoming album 'Borrowdale Johhny' which has had a rather long gestation: However, A few 'tweaks ' here an there to the sound mixes, and we now have a stunning set of songs ready to send to the CD factory, We're all really excited about our new album and can't wait to get it pressed...we'll keep you posted when it's ready: Feb/March?
Merewood Hotel: Windermere: 2nd January. Great to start the new year playing in Windermere, (where my adventures in music began at the tender age of 15.) Back to base! Grant and Charlotte's wedding was a hoofing good mix of English and Australian dancers, cricket grievances forgotton and united on the dance floor: The high point of which was a group of nine men including the groom madly circling chanting 'oooh Ah, Cantona, oooh ah Cantona'..Has the 'nine pins' ever sounded so irevverant but frankly so enjoyable? A classic Striding Edge moment...!! Good luck, Grant and Charlotte, see you again we hope...grant writes: