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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Performers wow Ulverston festival-goers

A MARKET town was alive with folk music and dance at the weekend.

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MUSICIAN Right, Barrow flautist and mandolin player Amy Hardy during the concert to end the Furness Tradition music and dance festival in Ford Park

The 15th Furness Tradition festival was staged in Ulverston from Friday to Sunday.

The event attracted musicians, dancers and fans from around the country.

The festival opened with a Friday gathering at St Mary’s RC Hall. The ceilidh included performances from locals and guest artists, and dance music by Furness Community Band.

The opening parade, featuring morris dancers, took place on Saturday from the Coronation Hall to Market Cross. This was followed by dance displays and performances at Market Cross during the day.

Storyteller Nick Hennessey was among those entertaining the crowds.

There was singing and music in the Hope and Anchor and in the Old Friends.

The Coronation Hall was the venue for a big concert event on Saturday night with performers from around the country.

On Sunday a series of music workshops and dance displays were staged. A farewell concert took place in a marquee at Ford Park.

When Furness Tradition had the funding it used to be able to run music and dance workshops for young people.

Gordon Jones, the chairman of Furness Tradition, said: “It was a very successful festival. Some of the people in the bands were local people who have learnt to play through Furness Tradition which is very exciting for us.”

Mr Jones said it was great to have the likes of storyteller Mr Hennessey, of Cartmel Fell, at the event as he is as he performs internationally.

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