Cockermouth LIVE! was back!

Yes! This year's festival did go-ahead as planned for 2nd-4th July
with the headline acts we planned for last year.

Weren't able to be there?
Download a copy of the programme as a pdf here to see what you missed!

Ian McMillan & Luke Carver Goss

The Kirkgate Centre, Friday 2nd July at 7.30pm

Ian is poet-in-residence for The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He presents The Verb every week on BBC R3 and he’s a regular on BBC Breakfast, Coast, Pick of the Week, You & Yours, Last Word and The Arts Show. He’s been a castaway on Desert Island Discs. Ian made this short taster video for us last year.

Luke Carver Goss is a composer/performer who writes for unusual and regular instrumental combinations. His music includes commissions for BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Cultural Olympiad, and for festivals and concerts up and down the UK.

The Kathryn Tickell Trio

The Kirkgate Centre, Saturday 3rd July
with two performances, 6pm and 8pm

Kathryn Tickell is the foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes, a composer, performer, educator and successful recording artist whose work is deeply rooted in the landscape and people of Northumbria. Kathryn also made a short taster video for us last year.

Kathryn was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, 2015. The OBE recognises her extraordinary career which began with learning tunes from old shepherd friends and evolved to traverse genres from jazz and world music to large-scale orchestral works. Exploring and cultivating her bountiful native heritage of Northumberland have been a constant throughout.

Kathryn was joined by Amy Thatcher on accordian, cloggs & vocals, and Joss Clapp on acoustic guitar & vocals.

United Reform Church, Saturday 3rd July, from 10am

10.00 Welcome from the High Sheriff of Cumbria

10.10 Owen Evans - music on piano and the pipe organ

11.00 Susan Allison - recital on the grand piano
including Beethoven, Debussy, & Schubert

11.45 Fiona Weakley & Family - solos & harmonies from this talented family

12.30 John Moyes & David Lindley - solos & duets from Schumann to South Pacific

1.15 Papcastle Wind Quartet - the Roaring Twenties and beyond!

2.00 Gala Trio - Angela Turner, Gaby Sanders, & Anne Louise Rothwell

2.45 Frank Devine - finger-style acoustic guitar

3.30 Marblmoon - ethereal and emotional music

The Kirkgate Centre, Saturday 3rd July, from 10am

10.00 Stephen Bass - folk songs & stories

10.40 Hearts of Uke - ukulele trio playing songs from the 1920s to the present day

11.10 Welcome from the High Sheriff of Cumbria

11.20 Professor Pumpernickel - explosive entertainment for all ages - outside!

12.00 Owen Evans - traditional & original folk music on accordian & guitar

12.40 Ian Cumpstey - traditional & original songs,
with guitar & banjo

1.20 Dave Camlin - singer songwriter

2.00 Returning Leopards - Keith Fitton & friends - acoustic & electric

2.40 Uncle PAF (Paul Frear) - pop & politics!

Here are some photos from the event at the Kirkgate

Thanks to Kev Farish for the photos at the Kirkgate

Cockermouth Castle, Saturday 3rd July, from 10.30am

By kind permission of Lord & Lady Egremont - a rare chance to see inside
the castle grounds and enjoy some wonderful open air performances

10.30 Official Opening by the High Sheriff of Cumbria

10.40 Cockermouth Mechanics Band

11.45 Wild Chorus

12.30 Alte Musik - early music ensemble

1pm Kirkgate Youth Theatre, "Discovering Dorothy"
Short pieces celebrating Dorothy Wordsworth's 250th anniversary

Here are some photos from the events at the Castle

Thanks to Chris George for the photos at the Castle

There were other free performances across town,
including Wild Zucchinis in Station Street

and did you see Professor Pumpernickel with his explosive entertainment?


Special YouTube Premiere, Friday 2nd July


From noon on Friday 2nd July, a special online concert is available featuring some of our wonderful choirs and performers, including the Castlegate Singers, All Saints Community Rock Squad, Brian Melville, John Moyes & Fiona Weakley.

Plus a special presentation to celebrate the work of Cockermouth Rotary Club in bringing a little light and cheer to our town in April. Music by Dr Philip Wood and performed by the Castlegate & Eaglesfield Singers.

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Associated Events

Meanders - June 19th to July 4th - Great Independent Shops Host Art


Browse through town and spot the wonderful works of creative art on show. See the separate Meanders leaflet for full details, available from participating shops across the town.

Doubled Up, Wednesday 30th June,
2pm/8.30pm Kirkgate Centre

Cockermouth U3A Fit 'n' Active Theatre Group presented a rehearsed reading of 2 one-act plays by Richard Smithson.

Walking Like Wordsworth, Friday 2nd July, 6pm Wordsworth House

Door-to-door poet Rowan McCabe shared work created during his 2020 residency at Wordsworth House inspired by the lives of ordinary people. Musician Rob Heron joins him on the double bill. He dosen't care what genre you put him in - western swing, blues, country, rock & roll - whatever else!

Make The Journey, Sunday 4th July, 4pm Kirkgate Centre

Eden Poets presented work inspired by the life and values of Dorothy Wordsworth, Cockermouth's most famous daughter, connecting with nature on the 30 mile route from Dorothy's birthplace on Main Street to where she died at Rydal.

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