Echoes of Old Cumbria: Folk Music, Dance, and Song in the Lake Counties with Dr Sue Allan

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The literary legacy of the Lake Poets has largely overshadowed Cumbria’s musical heritage…

Yet there the county has a rich store of traditional music. Sue Allan’s lively talk, illustrated with both recorded and live music, reveals a unique repertoire of hunting songs and songs in dialect as well as fiddle tunes and dances bequeathed by Lakeland’s travelling fiddlers and dancing masters.

If you thought the only song to have come out of Cumbria was ‘D’Ye Ken John Peel’, then you’d be wrong! Singer, musician and folk music scholar Sue Allan has unearthed over 500 folk songs from her native county, many with a history spanning more than 200 years. The songs include a unique repertoire of hunting songs and songs in dialect, sung at many a Cumbrian inn and ‘Merry Neet’ in days gone by.

Sue Allan’s illustrated talk reveals the hidden musical history of Cumbria, with a feast of pictures, recordings of songs and tunes and live performance of traditional songs, tunes – and perhaps maybe just a little clog dancing …

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