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Carlisle Rock Club Receives A New Lease Of Life

By Paul McGuirk A Carlisle rock club receives a new lease of life. For many of us, music goes beyond mere background noise. For die-hard rock fans, it influences everything from our fashion choices to the company we keep – and sure, with the headphones on music can be a momentary escape from the mundanity […]

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Born To Help: The Ex-Marine Using Music To Help Others

By Paul McGuirk An ex-Royal Marine turned singer-songwriter has recently released a single in aid of Walking With The Wounded. The charity supports vulnerable veterans, helping them to reintegrate into society, sustain their independence and find employment. Released on 20  October, Mark Carruthers track Born to Fight combines melodic sensibilities reminiscent of Paul McCartney with […]

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Catching Up With The Northern Threads

The young indie rockers from Whitehaven spoke to Arran George about how they started out, and where they want to go. How did the band get started?  We started as a three-piece cover band with Ethan on bass, Robbie as lead guitar and myself (Jake) on lead vocals and rhythm guitar. The start of the […]

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Catching Up With Hayseed Dixie

Interview by Arran George  With over a two decades of Hillbilly rock, drinking and tours under their belt, Hayseed Dixie are adding Workington’s Carnegie Theatre to their busy summer schedule to bring a bit of fun and Tennessee charm to the west coast.  Q: You recorded your ‘Hair down to your grass’ album in a […]

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Catching Up With The Lucid Dream

Interview by Paul Shepherd The Cumbrian four piece have come a long way since their debut gig in Carlisle in 2008. But like their music, the journey has not been without the unexpected. Last year, following a gig in Paris, the band was devastated by the theft of all of their equipment, much of which […]

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C’Mon Feel The Blues

A unique musical extravaganza which will see national musicians play alongside local artists is being held to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease. Now in its third year, Feel The Blues will take place in various venues and will see a number of local artists join nationally acclaimed musicians for a musical mash up. The […]

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Catching Up With The The Black Guards

Image taken by Jan Fialkowski After recently changing their name from the Bleedin Blaggards to The Black Guards, Paul Shepherd sat down one sixth of the band, lead vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Paul O’Halloran to find out what’s in store for the group in 2017. So, you’re familiar faces with a different name. What’s the story […]

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2017 Music Festival Line Up in Cumbria

Believe it or not festival season is fast approaching, and we can’t wait. We’re already dreaming about the warmer weather, the sound of live music and the smell of freshly cut grass and we can’t help but get excited about who our county’s many music festivals will attract over the spring and summer months. While […]

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Catching Up With COLT 45

The last seven years have been pretty full on for the Cumbrian three piece, from touring across Europe to releasing a charity single for the Cumbrian Flood Appeal at the beginning of 2016. After a brief but well-deserved break the boys are back with some new material, that reflects their growth as a band, but […]

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Soundtrack of the Lake District

Soundtrack of the Lake District Growing up in the Lake District has stirred one man to produce a collection of songs inspired by Cumbria’s beauty. Dedicating his free time, Phil Lewthwaite has spent many years drawing inspiration from the Lake District’s rolling hills, clear waters and dramatic scenery to produce an album of songs inspired […]

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