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Calendar 2009: Total of 54 shows
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Private functions are in blue
Public gigs are in orange

January 2009

Saturday 17th Staveley Beer Hall Fell runner's ceilidh
Friday 23rd Levens Institute Claire's 30th birthday ceilidh
Saturday 24th

Langley Castle

Wedding ceilidh for Ben and Alice      
Saturday 31th Bentham Institute Elizabeth's 50th birthday ceilidh
February 2009 Venue
Saturday 21st Sedbergh, People's Hall  Fenella's 60th birthday ceilidh
Saturday 28th Langdale Community Centre Langdale School community ceilidh. Tickets/ info: Susie Thomas
April 2009  Venue


Saturday 4th Coniston: Brantwood and Belmount Houses Wedding for Michelle and David
Saturday 18th Lancaster University Wedding ceilidh for Sian and Paul   
Friday 24th

Whittington Village Hall;

Main street; Whittington.

Borrowdale Johnny show for 'Spot on' rural touring. 

 Concert/ceilidh: 7.30 p.m. start.

Tickets:£5 from Eric Pelter: (015242) 71103.

Saturday 25th Windermere, Merewood Hotel Wedding ceilidh for Morgan and Helen      
May 2009  Venue


Saturday 2nd Grasmere, High Close Youth Hostel Wedding for Carol and Steve   
Sunday 3rd Cockermouth, Saints Room Jane's 40th birthday  
Saturday 9th Hawkshead, Belmount House Wedding ceilidh for Darren and Louise   
Friday 15th
Downham Village Hall, Downham NR. Clitheroe

Borrowdale Johnny show for 'Spot on' rural touring. 

 Concert/ceilidh: 8 p.m. start.

Tickets: £5 adult, £3 child, £12 familly from: Angie Greenhill: 01200 440146

Saturday 16th

Carnforth, Borwick Hall


Wedding ceilidh for Andy and Anne  
Friday 22nd
Croston, Old School, PR26 9HA.

Borrowdale Johnny show for 'Spot on' rural touring. 

Seated concert: 7.30 p.m. start.

Tickets: £8 From Anne Preet: 01772 600142

Wed 27th Glenridding, Inn On The Lake, Wedding ceilidh for Matt and Charlotte
June 2009  Venue


Saturday 6th Greystoke, Village Hall Dianne's wedding
Thursday 18th Wigan: Holy Family Primary School, Platt Bridge, WN2 5JF. School ceilidh with clog dance maestro Alex Fisher!
Friday 19th Dalston Village Hall

Community ceilidh at the home of 'Sally Grey'!!

tickets/info:Ann McKerrell

Saturday 20th

Low Luckens Farm, Hethersgill, North Of Brampton

Community ceilidh at Cumbria's ledgendary Organic Rescourse Centre.

 tickets/info: Jill Jones    

Saturday 27th Blackpool and Fylde Yacht Club John's birthday ceilidh
July 2009  Venue


Thursday 2nd Hethersgill: Low Luckens Farm School ceilidh for Tanzanian exchange
Saturday 4th Ambleside: Overdraught Bar Homeopath's ceilidh
Friday 10th Greenod: Village Hall Penny Bridge School ceilidh
Saturday 11th Borrowdale: Lodore Falls Hotel Wedding ceilidh for Ranald and Sara      
Friday 17th

Cockermouth: Kirkgate Centre

The Kirkgate Centre
Cumbria - The Lake District
England CA13 9PJ

Community ceilidh at North Lakeland's best venue! this will be a great night, try and make it!

tickets/info: tel/fax: 01900 826448

Saturday 18th Natland: Private house Wedding ceilidh for Scott and Emma
August 2009 Venue  
Saturday 22nd Hawkshead: Belmount House Wedding ceilidh for Jez and Hannah
Saturday 29th Cockermouth: Kirkgate Centre Ruby wedding ceilidh for Bob and Liz
Sunday 30th Selside Nr. Kendal: Private house Party for Hugo and Georgie
September 2009  Venue

Saturday 5th



  • Afternoon: Concert spot: North Euston Hotel: 12-12.40 p.m.
  • Evening: Cumbrian Ceilidh: Sea Cadet's Base: 7.30 -11 p.m.

Again we are playing at the most established and best-known folk festival in Northern England.


Saturday 12th

Mostly Acoustic Cumbria Festival, Ravenstonedale

Headline ceilidh, Saturday night. Other great local artists also on the bill, for this exciting, up-and-coming regional music organisation's annual shin-dig!


Sunday 13th Glenridding: Inn On The Lake Civil partnership for Karen and Pauline
Saturday 19th Glenridding: Inn On The Lake Wedding ceilidh for Paul and Mandy
Saturday 26th Caldbeck Village Hall Wedding for Phil and Lucy

October 2009



Friday 2nd Ireby: Globe Hall

Boltons, Ireby and Uldale First Responders Community Ceilidh.

This will be a great night 'up North' and a chance to shake off the autumn blues, all in the aid of a really good cause!

tickets/info:Gillian McFarlane

Saturday 3rd Borrowdale: Scafell Hotel Wedding ceilidh for Adam and Lisa  
Saturday 10th Shap Wells Hotel

Bob Graham Round Society fell runners!!! A fast and furious ceilidh!!!

Always a great honour for us to play for Britian's most esteemed fell-runners club every two years. Thanks folks, see you there again!

Friday 16th Heads Nook Village Hall Peter and Tammie's Wedding

Friday 30th

Melmerby: Village Hall

Green Party Celidh. In the heartland of our music in Cumbria, this will be a memorable eveing and a great crowd for an excellent cause.

Tickets/info: Alan Marsden

Saturday 31st Arkholme: Village Hall Engagement party
November 2009 Venue  
Saturday 1st Kendal: Brewery Arts Centre Retirement party
Thursday 5th Hawkshead: Belmount House Wedding for Julie and Tim
Friday 6th Macclesfield: Park Royal Community Primary School School PTA ceilidh
Saturday 7th Mike and Carolyn: Gradbach Mill James's 50th birthday party concert/ceilidh
Saturday 14th Euxton Chuch Community Hall, Wigan Road, Euxton nr Chorley. PR7 6JH

Borrowdale Johnny show for 'Spot on' rural touring. 

A chance to catch our renowned rural touring show again, featuring our current album: Part concert, part ceildih; a great night, something for everyone!

Tickets/info: Tim Steele: 01257 412670

Saturday 21st Glenridding: Inn On The Lake Wedding for Derek and Marian
Monday 23rd Kendal: Castle Green Hotel Evening function for Carnegie UK Trust
Friday 27th Lamplugh: Village Hall Community ceilidh

December 2009



Saturday 5th Staveley: Hawkshead Beer Hall

Ceilidh for Kendal Mountaineering Club


Friday 11th Carlisle: Tithe Barn End of term ceilidh for Carlisle Trinity School staff and friends
Saturday 12th Ambleside Parish Centre Wedding for Michael and Sarah
Tuesday 29th Borrowdale: Lodore Hotel Wedding for Louse and Philip
Total gigs 1995 - 2009: 618
Summer/early Autumn roundup 2009

As predicted, summer gigs were brilliant, possibly even more brilliant than we expected as I dont think I can quite remember such an amazing bunch of gigs in such varied locations..village halls, barns, marquees, hotels and private houses, with amazingly energetic dancers who kept coming back to the dance-floor for more! A big 'Thank-you' to everyone who booked the band over this period, see you again soon we hope! (see photos below, from Low Luckens Farm)

FESTIVALS....Early Autumn has been fabulous to, and included three particularly ecellent gigs: FYLDE FOLK FESTIVAL, the biggest and longest-running folk festival in the North, had us back for a second time headlining, and this was a rip-snorting 3-hour ceilidh that for us was perfect in every sense: Setting/crowd/sound(we could do our own!). We love staging our own shows and hosting long nights like this, a very satisfying experience in which you bond with the audience in an intense way. There was also a lovely acoustic set we played completely UNPLUGGED to a very attentive audience earlier in the day that also went down a storm. Great to also play to a good listening crowd once in a while, as well as our ususal energetic dance crowds!

Mostly Acoustic Cumbria Festival, Ravenstonedale was on the following Saturday; we entertained a contrasting crowd of 'party people' with a late-night ceilidh that finished the festival on Saturday night. A shorter, more frantic and furious night than Fylde, but no less enjoyable: perhaps our rock n' roll roots came more to the fore, as we really 'rocked up' this show (perhaps the Festival's 6K watt rig helped...glad I had my 40 DB ear-plugs onstage!) GREAT NIGHT and great festival for us Cumbrians, we know how to PARTY!!!

Bob Graham Round ceilidh was on the following weekend, playing for this venerable Lakeland fell-running club, whose members have managed to run round an incredible number of over 40 Lakeland peaks in a day AND SURVIVED Thier final test is to survive the fast and frenetic 3-hour ceilidh we provide for the club every two years, which is a real treat! Thanks 'Bobs' and 'Bobesses;, we'll see you in another 2 years time!


  Low Luckens Organic Rescource Centre, Brampton, June 09: Tanzanian kids dancing with English kids. Brilliant!
May 2009

Now we're well into the spring season, the gigs keep coming in and we're looking forward to our busiest 3 months of the year on the road. The first 'Borrowdale Johnny' show at Wittington near Kirkby Lonsdale went down really well, and it's good to be out on the playing the 'BJ' show again, and meeting up with old friends form the area who came to see us and enjoy the concert, the crack and the ceilidh. . We're looking forward to the other 'Borrowdale Johnny' shows this month.

Do check out our calendar, there's plenty of public gigs on so hopefully we can get to see all our friends in the North, as well as making new friends in all those great looking function gigs coming up.

See you soon!

January 2009

Hi folks, happy new year! We have a great schedule of gigs for 2009, with a really intruiging and exciting schedule of public gigs ranging up and down the North. Its great to be taking our Borrowdale Johnny show back out on the road around the village halls of Lancashire in the spring, and to visit some old friends like Low Luckens farm, an Organic Rescource Centre way up North on the border...great setting for a weekend away, if you can make it! have at look at our new gigs in the calendar>>

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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