Every year, musicians freely give their time and talents to add to the atmosphere at Woolfest and we'd like to thank all of them, especially Peter and Christine Crofts (a member of The Wool Clip cooperative) who organise it all.
This year, all donations to the musicians were donated to the Great North Air Ambulance totalling £417.
The musicians in The Square are led by Peter Crofts of Reunion Ceilidh Band. Peter can be contacted about bookings for the band via 017984 82205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter was joined by harpist Jean Altshuler, flautist Sally Hardaker and Ailsa Dunmur on percussion, and by Ian Lewis, a guitarist friend from Reading. Dawn Fisher and Edgar Bolton, and fiddlers Peter Macmillan and Judy Harris also entertained us all. Guitarist Chris Jones brought his dancing jig doll too.
Music in K
Music in K started off with the Cockermouth Ukulele group, who also played at lunchtime in The Square.
Frank and Corrie Lee, melodian, fiddle and pipes - Corrie is a violin maker. Eddie Allen, singer and organiser of sessions then Fiona and Peter Rigg played Swedish traditional instruments that Peter has made. The nyckelharpa is a keyed stringed instrument, not dissimilar to the hurdy gurdy. Ziggi Rytka, a Hurdy-Gurdy player, and a familiar face with the Lucet from Woolfests past. Renata and Trev, two Newcastle-based singers.Ian K Brown, singing with Julie Shevlin. Ian is an instrumental teacher for guitar, ukulele and singing in Northumberland and Cumbria and you can see what he is up to via his ‘Musician’ Facebook page. You can hear him perform on his website. Blue Jam are an instrumental group of mainly young musicians based in Penrith, and, finally, Tim and Helen Elvin are a Cockermouth- based ceilidh band.