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Westlife Star to Join Lionel Richie at Carlisle Show

Westlife’s Shane Filan will join Lionel Richie on his exclusive UK summer tour in June – a major outdoor tour visiting venues across the UK including Brunton Park in Carlisle. For 14 years, Shane Filan was a prominent member of hugely successful boy band Westlife, an act that managed to amass no fewer than 14 […]

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Cumbria Choir Marks 10 Years of Rock

By Paul McGuirk The last thing most people associate with the idea of a choir is rock n’ roll, but for one talented bunch of Cumbrians that’s precisely what their ensemble represents. Now they’re ready to party, with a series of ten-year anniversary concerts in the pipeline. Cumbria’s Committed 2 Rock choir – the brainchild […]

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Bob Cheevers Celebrates 50 Years in the Business

By Paul McGuirk Few musicians can claim to have penned over 3,000 songs in a career spanning five decades. Fewer still can claim the plaudits of writing for some of the biggest names in country music (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings) – but for Bob Cheevers, it’s all about the present. In anticipation for his forthcoming […]

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Cumbria’s Youngest DJ: Ollie Hodgson

In September last year, 14 year old Oliver Hodgson got his public liability insurance, making him Cumbria’s Youngest DJ. At an age when most young people are preoccupied with computer games or out playing football, he is hell-bent on making his dreams come true. What is it you do? I DJ for local events, special […]

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Independent Venue Week at The Brickyard

Independent Venue Week 2018 is set to celebrate the venues vital to the British music scene. Despite being the backbone of live music in the UK, each year more small venues find themselves facing closure. Independent Venue Week is an annual, seven day celebration of these venues and the people who keep them going. This […]

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Carlisle Music Society 2018 Line Up

Carlisle Music Society are hitting all the right notes with a stellar lineup of concerts for 2018. Formerly known as North Cumbria Recitals, Carlisle Music Society arrange six concerts a year, bringing the highest calibre of musicians to the city. As the New Year gets into full swing, the Society is set to host this […]

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DJ Ratman: Giving “House Music” A New Meaning

By Paul McGuirk In the digital age, we do just about everything online. While the internet has long been a place to shop or bank, the advent of social media and developments in mobile technology have completely transformed the way we interact with one another in just a few short years. From discussing the latest […]

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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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