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Calendar 2008: Total of 55 shows
Private functions are in blue : Private, by invitation only
Public gigs are in orange
January 2008  
Saturday 12th Morecambe: Upstairs Downstairs
Wednesday 16th Whitchurch: Hill Valley Hotel
Saturday 19th Windermere: Cragwood Hotel
Sunday 20th Windermere: Lynthwaite House Hotel
Friday 25th Lancaster: Grammar School
Saturday 26th Lancaster: Town Hall
February 2008  
Saturday 2nd Staveley: Hawkshead Beer Hall
Saturday 23rd Santon Bridge: Bridge Inn
March 2008  
Saturday 1st Garrigil: Village Hall
Saturday 8th Burnley: Lostock Parish Centre
April 2008  
Friday 11th Over Wyresdale: Parish Hall
Friday 18th Keswick: Tithe Barn
Saturday 19th Wabethwaite: Village Hall
Saturday 26th Eskdale: Gatehouse
May 2008  
Saturday 3rd Grange: Grange Hotel
Saturday 10th Lancaster: Our Ladies High School
Thursday 15th Glenridding: Inn On The Lake
Saturday 17th Windermere: Merewood Hotel
Saturday 24th Broughton: Victory Hall
Sunday 25th Staveley: Hawkshead Beer Hall
Tuesday 27th Windermere: St. Anne's School
Friday 30th Melmerby: Village Hall
Saturday 31st Dolphinholme: Corlees Mill Farm
June 2008  
Saturday 7th Windermere: Broad Oaks: Rick's wedding!!! congratultions!
Saturday 21st Low Lorton: Winder Hall
Sunday 22nd Glenridding: Inn On The Lake
Thursday 26th Ambleside: Beech Hill Hotel
Saturday 28th Lakeside: Stock Park Estate
July 2008  
Saturday 5th Coniston: Youth Hostel
Saturday 12th Barbon: Village Hall
Saturday 19th Keswick: Derwent Lodge Hotel
Saturday 26th Cockermouth: Saint's Room
August 2008  
Saturday 2nd Cockermouth: Saint's Room
Wednesday 6th Penrith: Universtiy Of Cumbria
Wednesday 13th Hawkshead: Belmount Hall
Saturday 30th Coniston: High Arnside Farm
September 2008  
Saturday 13th Ravenstonedale: Mad Monk's Marquee
Friday 19th Penrith: Roundthorn Hotel
Saturday 26th Clitheroe: Inn At Whitewell
Saturday 27th Grasmere: High Close Youth Hostel
October 2008  
Saturday 4th Keswick Mountain Rescue: Labour Club
Friday 17th Macclesfied: Park Royal School. For tickets contact: Emily Ford: Click here>>
Saturday 18th Wrea Green: Ribbey Hall Village
November 2008  
Saturday 1st Broughton: Victory Hall
Friday 7th Newby Bridge: Swan Hotel
Saturday 8th Kendal: Castle Street Centre
Saturday 15th Kirkland and Catterall Memorial Hall
December 2008  
Saturday 6th Staveley: Kendal Climbing Club: Beer Hall

December 11th -14th : Borrowdale Johnny Tour Of Dorset

This is our exciting forthcoming tour of Dorset: The shows are a mix of concert and ceilidh.

Please contact promotors for tickets and details.

Thursday 11th

Sixpenny Handley Village Hall, Near Cranbourne in East Dorset

Promotor: Pat Oxford: 01725 552591

Friday 12th

Briantspuddle Village Hall, Nr. Bere Regis in Purbeck

Promotor: Philippa Thorniley: 01929 471497

Saturday 13th

Nursling Rownham Village Hall, SO16 OYL

Promoters: Gill and Pete: 01425 476350

Sunday 14th

Studland Village Hall, nr. Swanage, Purbeck

Promotor: Tony Freer: 01929 450514

Saturday 20th Great Salkeld: Village Hall
Saturday 27th York: Mariner's Hall
Monday 29th Skipton: Coniston Cold Hotel
In 2008, Striding Edge played a total of 55 cracking gigs!
Winter 2008

Wow, the Dorset tour was magnificent, great to get South for some cracking gigs with Borrowdale Johnny!

We'll keep you posted here with some tour pics here, soon!

Borrowdale Johnny goes to Lancashire! We have also just got wind that we will be touring our 'Borrwdale Johnny Show' in May 2009, in Lancashire, for SPOT ON rural tours.

Borrowdale Johnny goes South!

Due to the overwhelming sucess of Striding Edge's 20-date 'Borrowdale Johnny' Cumbrian tour of 2007,(see below) Dorset rural promotors have decided to stage a tour inviting the band to their region for 2008!

Striding Edge are really looking forward to taking the 'Borrowdale Johnny Tour' out on the road again: Especially as the tour will take this very Northern band to the heart of the South of England! details here>>

More info on Borrowdale Johnny, our new album, click here>>

Summer roundup 2008.


Phew it's been quite a busy year and it's taken me this long to get down and write a summary! Despite the recent bad weather/storms/tree-havoc in the North, we've enjoyed great round of spring and summer wedding/community shows that have taken us round our usual 'stomping grounds': Lakeland, the Eden Valley, North Lancashire. May was especially busy with nine gigs over the month. All great shows; folks flinging themselves ragged around the dance floors and having a whale of a time (funny expression, that!): So thanks for booking us everyone and getting stuck into the dancing; it's been a very enjoyable and inspiring time that's lifted the paule of gloomy weather and glum world news.

Just as in January, the practising is continuing as were gradually gathering material: Another album? If so, we think it will be even more 'stripped down' and acoustic, and we're starting to feed the new tracks into the shows. New tunes include Carloyn's fabulous tune 'Merz' written for the great German Artist Kurt Schwitter's 121st birthday. Kurt spent the last years of his life creating ground-breaking art in Lakeland, including the amazing Merz Barn installation in Langdale, soon to be restored to it's former glory. Carolyns tune is a fitting whirlwind of energy. Mike has also dug up an old Strangefolk classic he wrote in the 80's : 'Fields And The Glen', a dark and brooding 'earth mother' type ballad, and the band are working up a rich brooding version that is garuanteed to raise the goose-bumps. See you all for now, ta for reading this and do take the time to have a good browse of the site.

Cheers! Mike

January 2008


Welcome to the new year 2008, folks! Here I am at Striding Edge HQ, just drawing breath after our mammoth 'Borrowdale Johnny' tour, (see below!) and shaping up the bands activities for 2008: Looks like there plenty more great gigs coming in for 2008! We've also got some practices in our diary over the coming months, in our traditional leafy practice place of Witherslack, South Cumbria, to start shaping up some new songs tunes and dances. We always love getting together to kick new songs and tunes about, when we get the space in our hectic shedules.

All systems go, then, for 2008. January's always a great month to be in the office, as the phones always going with both old friends and new wanting us to play for them in earnest! This really wets our appetite for the coming year...just hope there's enough Friday and Saturday nights in the year to fit everyone in! We've also got more gigs going on in January than we usually have, so 'roll on' the month!

Autumn 2007

2007 was the busiest year ever for Striding Edge, with a total of 74 shows completed: Testament to the the fact that we have become probably the most popular 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!

For more on Borrowdale Johnny, click here! >>



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