We’re both mad for music. He’s teaching me to play guitar and I’m a regular reviewer of gigs etc for papers and websites. The Cumberland News, News and Star and Cumberland & Westmorland Herald publish them.

Here’s a page with a list of gigs we’ve seen…

We’ve been to a few festivals…..

2010 and I had a girls weekend with Chrissy and Lollykin at the Beverley Festival. Splendid all round! Laughing most of the time and lots to remember aside from the music. Origami tentage, FAB food, high winds, cuter than cute toddlers, singing along to the Proclaimers and a happy time.
In 2009 we had just one day at the Dent Festival and had a great time. The highlight was Ade Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds. Wonderful!.
In July 2009 it was Brampton Live, and sadly it might have been the last Brampton as it was cancelled in 2010.
I went on my own in July 2009 for one day to the Maryport Blues Festival with Sarah and Pete.
It was the first ever Carlisle Blues Festival on November 24th – 26th/ Lots of late nights and a saturation of 12-bar blues from the likes of Connie Lush, Ian Parker, Marcus Malone, Ian Siegal, Tantrum, Nimmo Brothers and my fave was Stumble.
Then the Carlisle Blues Festival 2008 was a more plush affair in a city hotel and with live music over 30 hours and 3 days and some genius stuff it was too. Wonderful.

Brampton Live 2008
Inclement weather – but HOT music and as ever at this wonderful little festival – some new discoveries of music and performers we will treasure.

Just one day over August bank holiday at Solfest 2007. I was asked to write some reviews. So, we took Ross too. Promise of summer weather but it wasn’t. Chilly, breezy and a little rain. NO MATTER! We had come prepared – diddy tent, jackets and good chairs.
The music didn’t inspire this time, but the sights and people did. Saw Stephen Spud Murphy, Badly Drawn Boy and The Undertones. The atmosphere is magic and the people – especially in fancy dress- were a joy to see. I got severely cold toes and took loads of pictures.

One night at Maryport Blues Festival where we saw Blues n Trouble, Eric Bibb (MAGIC) and Gary Moore (LOUD!)
Some photos – Father and Son at the blues fest, Blues ‘n’ Trouble, Eric Bibb (+ Danny Thompson)
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Some photos from Brampton Live 2007
A lovely weekend camping and enjoying the music. Alex, Heather and Sophie camped next door. Highlights were Roy Bailey + Tony Benn, Transglobal Underground, Keith Donnelly + Les Barker, Spooky Men’s Chorale and Steve Earle.

SolFest 2006 – August bank holiday and chilly and windy.
We chickened out from camping and instead drove home late every night so we could have a proper bed and a shower. The venue, vast open space on high ground above the Solway Firth, makes SolFest a magical event. There’s something going on all the time – and the music is only part of it. Next year we’ll be camping and not being softies.
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There was music for every taste, and things to buy and wholesome and interesting food to eat. The beer was dreadful though and even on the first night there as no wine left in the beer tent. Mad! If you go – TAKE YOUR OWN DRINK!
Seth Lakeman was a highlight for us…

Brampton Live 2006 – a glorious weekend of hot sunshine and wonderful music, and our first festival together.
A site that is perfect – no slumming it here! A free, happy and gentle atmosphere fills every part of Brampton Live.
We pitched our tents with Paul and Kate and set up a luxurious camp.
It was very hot and the 6 cans of cooling spray we bought were vital. Nigel was impressed!
It was a real surprise when several people approached us and asked Hector for his autograph or congratulated him on his set. Turns out they had mistaken him for blues guitarist/singer Eric Bibb who was on over the weekend. One kid was certain Hector was Eric and would not have it that he wasn’t. Very funny. Wish we’d milked it now!
So, what do you think? Eric/Hector – Hector/Eric?! 🙂

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