Folk showcase brings Cumbria's best and star guests together


A STRONG line-up of folk musicians feature at The Autumn Gathering in Carlisle this week.

Cumbrian Folk, Roots & Trad Connections hosts the live show at the Old Fire Station on Friday with Tryckster, Thomas McCarthy, Catherine Ashcroft and The Black Guards all appearing.

The showcase sees some of the Cumbrian stars of the genre joined by highly-regarded visiting acts, hosting an evening of songs and stories.

Legendary local band Tryckster returned to live action for their first performance in 15 years last November, and the six-piece have only made a couple of appearances since.

 Catherine Ashcroft

Catherine Ashcroft

What was intended as a one-off special had such an enthusiastic response – and the band had such a good time, rediscovering the original creative chemistry – that they are back for more.

Tryckster only released one album on Fellside Records, When the Stone Is Exposed, garnering play on BBC Radio 2 before going their separate ways.

Irish traveller Thomas McCarthy, now based in London, is an award-winning performer, known for his traditional gypsy songs. A festival regular across Britain and Ireland, he has also appeared on the BBC One series Call The Midwife.

Self-taught Uilleann pipe player Catherine Ashcroft provides something different on the bill, running through material from her back catalogue of studio records. The Cumbrian musician has also released three albums as one half of Mochara, with her musical partner Maurice Dickson.

West Cumbrian folk band The Black Guards, formerly known as D'Bleedin Blaggards, unveiled their new identity earlier this year, and have since been charting new territory, picking up plenty of praise and airtime from a number of respected DJs.

Their debut EP, Drawn In, went down a treat with fans, reaching people all over the world.

Doors on Friday open at 7pm, and tickets are available from the Old Fire Station ticket office.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 4:15PM
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