Music Monthly: August

By Rachael Grealish and Robert Haile

Rock and blues fest back for second year

AFTER a widely successful start in 2015 the Whitehaven Rock and Blues festival is back for a second year.

For 2016 the festival will run over two days on August 12 and 13 at Copeland Stadium, on Hensingham, in Whitehaven.

The event is organised by the Mighty Boof Promotions, in collaboration with rock and blues band front man, Ryan Burns.

Ryan Burns, lead singer of Mama Sang and the Robot, said: “ After last years success we decided to make it bigger with bigger headliners.”

Headlining acts include: Wishbone Ash, The Brew, Xander and the Peace Pirates, Mama Sang and the Robot, and Albany Down.

Wishbone Ash are a British rock band who achieved success in the early and mid-1970s.

Their popular records included Wishbone Ash, Pilgrimage, Argus, There’s the Rub, and New England and they were one of the first bands to use twin lead guitars.

Ryan said: “It’s important to me we keep it going as it’s the only rock and blues festival in this local area – it’s important to keep live music going.”

The Whitehaven Rock and Blues festival takes place the weekend of August 12 and 13, at Copeland Stadium, Whitehaven.

Tickets are available from threads in Whitehaven or by visiting

REVIEW: Russell Joslin at Florence

E2D music AugIT was a night of folk music and storytelling in Egremont with Russell Joslin.

On Saturday July 9 Florence Arts Centre had the privilege to host another must see act in the former of Russell Joslin (pictured above) and Sarah McCaig.

At the start of the night Joslin came out alone to perform a cautionary tale for single men called Robin in black.

The catchy song showcased Joslin’s raw talent for singing, writing and playing.

After playing Blocks of St. Luke Sarah McCaig joined Joslin on the stage.

McCaig’s voice complemented Joslin as they performed songs from their new album Harlequins.

To finish off the first set they performed a cover of Dick Gaughan Outlaws and Dreamers.

The second set started the same as the first with Joslin performing a “love song of sorts about men who play the field and get caught” called Vixen.

Joslin then performed two risky songs called Never Met a Girl and If I Die a Tory both songs referring to London.

McCaig came back out and continued to perform songs from Harlequin along with another cover called In the Pines.

One of the best songs of the night was Our Queen.

A foot tapping song about a pub during the day that has only men in when a beautiful woman walks in.

A draughty day for music and beer

Ready for the rush: Organisers at the ready with over 20 real ales and ciders. Picture by Robert Haile

Ready for the rush: Organisers at the ready with over 20 real ales and ciders. Picture by Robert Haile

FRESH from being named the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Cumbria North West Club-of-the-Year, Egremont Rugby Union Football Club hailed it’s fourth annual music and beer festival a success.

More than 25 real ales and four ciders were on offer in a specially-erected ‘real-ale’ bar for the weekend of music and beer.

Real ale was not the only star of the weekend the entertainment was a huge success with the attendees.

Da Bleeding Blaggards were a hit favourite from the first night, playing a mix of originals and covers, including the Steve Earle hit: Galway Girl.

Cory Spedding said she was worried to follow such a band, but definitely held her own on stage.Emma Dockeray and Newton Smith were among the local talent that took to the stage on the second night.

Emma performed songs from her own album and Newton Smith performed a range of covers – both wowing audiences.

The organiser, Karl Connor, said: “The weekend was a great success – most of the beers were pretty popular and we didn’t have too much left at the end, which is always a good sign. All of the money we raise goes back towards supporting rugby at the club.

“It’s always great to see so many faces at the club that we haven’t seen before, or don’t see often. Hopefully they enjoyed themselves and support us again in the future.

“We’ll have a look at the event again for next year, and decide if we need to change anything.”