The Storming Northern Roots Band


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March-December 2016
Our working year continued with an excellent round of shows taking us round our usual stomping ground of Cumbria and North Lancashire. Friday 1st July saw us playing at a brand new Lakeland festival called Eskfest, which is really scenically situated in the beautiful Eskdale Valley, overlooking Hare Crag. Great to see such a large group of outdoor dancers in their wellies getting stuck in to a good rousing set of classic ceilidh dances from our reportoire. July 9th saw us returning to the very wonderfull Furness Traditions Festival, sharing an outdoor stage and a session with our friends Wierdstring and Stooshie, both excellent Cumbrian roots bands we know and love. Friday 21st October saw us return to Reghed in the North of the county for Doug Scott's Mountain Festival. Always great to play for our friend Doug and enjoy the company of some very willing dancers on the palatial Reghed dance floor. The autumn was a very busy time for the band and our thanks go to Robin Moody and Sam King who both played quite a lot of gigs with us, excellent players and good friends. Thanks, guys. Our year ended as it has for many years now with a cracking community ceilidh at Melemerby Village Hall, playing once again to a packed house of ceilidh fanatics. What a night of unbridled dance-floor energy it was! Great to make so many new friends in 2016, see you all again soon!
January-March 2016
Our year started well with a couple of nice regular gigs we have every year, one for the very energised and lively folk of the Kendal Mountaineering Clubin Staveley (a sell out gig!) and the other for our friends in Slyne with Hest; a really cracking Burns night ceilidh, and another sell-out ceilidh. In February we played at a brand new festival in Keswick called Roots 66 at the Theatre By The Lake and this proved to be a really exciting and happening new festival. The gig we played was totally acoustic, which was a really nice challenge that we have once in while; nice to know we can deliver well without our usual electrical acoutrements...microphones, loud speakers etc. Very pure and very us! It was also great to catch up with our old friend Pete Morton who was also on the bill; a very fine national treasure of a singer and songwriter. Later in the month we played for a hardcore set of clog dancers in Leyland (all expert ceilidh dancers) with our good friend Les Ord calling; he does slightly more technical dances than we usually call, so it was great to have him on board for this one. Our thanks to Les, and it gave us a nice break from the dance calling and more time to think about and to play some tunes we don't usually play, like The Dent Hornpipe. In March we travelled to the North East for a weekend residential gig at Alnmouth Holiday Fellowship. Here we were playing for two groups of outdoor media people, one group from Cananda and one group from America. Both parties were mad keen on our Northern dance music and song, and after a short concert set all enjoyed themselves on the dance floor getting to grips with some classic dances. We got very well looked after by the good folks of Alnmouth HF who put us up and fed us really well, so all in all we had a lovely relaxing and fulfilling weekend to remember.
January 2016
Welcome to the new year and the 21st year of gigging action from Striding Edge, one of Cumbria's truely veteran ceilidh bands! The start of the year sees us celebrating the fact that we have played over 900 shows since we started. Already it is looking like being a busy year with plenty of gigs on the books already. Please do get in touch if you fancy rocking up your event with a really good cracking ceilidh!
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Striding Edge look forward to playing for you all in 2017!
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