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Get your cans out!

Midas Watches & Electric Soup Presents Soup-For-Soup. Using house music to raise money and food for local food banks in West Cumbria this Christmas. On December 23rd Rory Wood and Electric Soup club in Workington are doing something a little different for the community. The night will see a variety of DJ’s liven the night […]

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Local Singer records Christmas song to help the homeless

Rose Finn has released a Christmas song she hopes will raise plenty of money to help the homeless.  A Song of Hope (For Christmas) is a touching festive jingle that’s been recorded and sung with love. “I wrote it Christmas last year.  At the time I was visualising people on a train and I was […]

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New music from mylittlebrother

At the Guide we love to see people getting out there and achieving things.  It’s no easy task as a musician to go into a studio and record so we’re here to try and help them find an audience that will love their music.  Our latest local artists are Carlisle based mylittlebrother.   If you’re in […]

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Save Our Solfest.

The popular West Cumbrian festival is still fundraising to ‘Save Solfest’.  Despite this year’s event receiving rave reviews and hosting a stellar line-up, organisers are appealing for donations to help make it happen again. The much-loved local festival, which has been taking place near Aspatria on the August Bank Holiday for the last 15 years, […]

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Steamy Sundaes release their new album

Steamy Sundaes is a musical project featuring local musician Steve English and lyricist Andy McCourt. Steve has formerly been with the bands The Marratimes and then Funbus where he first partnered up with Andy. The Whitehaven duo was formed a couple of years ago following persistent nagging by Andy to finish a few partially written […]

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After a huge summer of big festivals Twisted Wheel still feeling the love for smaller venues

In his first interview at The Guide Craig Wishart chats with Twisted Wheel’s Johnny Brown.   Twisted Wheel’s gig at the Yellow Earl is sold out, if you haven’t got tickets, it’s bad luck I’m afraid.  I don’t need to encourage people to go out and see them because even though Twisted Wheel don’t get […]

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Adam Amor Releases Call Me When It’s Over

Call Me When It’s Over hits the airwaves…. If live music is your thing then there’s a fair chance you’ve seen Adam Amor at one stage.  He’s been gigging for as long as I can remember. It seems you can’t go into a music venue or festival without bumping into him somewhere.    At 33 years […]

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The Beat of the Westgarth-Drum 

After a lifetime of engineering, one keen musician has decided to turn his hand towards his passion for drums.  Nick Westgarth has been drumming in various bands for years, and also organises Carlisle Blues Festival. As an apprentice engineer, he balanced his time between work and play, although in recent years his interests have turned […]

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Drudge: Work Hard, Play Harder

A place at the UK’s largest metal festival beckons for one of West Cumbria’s hardest-working bands. Stoner rock four-piece Drudge – comprising Michael Woods (vocals), Andrew Fitzsimmons (guitar), Unyan (bass) and John Branch (drums) – are all veterans of the West Cumbria music scene in their own right. However, after honing their sound over the […]

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​ The Joy Of Lakeland Music

A newly-owned, family-run music shop looks set to hit all the right notes. Lakeland Music, a three-storey premises situated in Penrith, was taken over in January 2018 by Joe Goulding and his wife Tracy, and the couple are intent on turning the store into a hub of all things musical in Cumbria. Joe and Tracy […]

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