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Cumbria folk legend and Idlewild frontman bring music to Keswick

Roots in Cumbria - Elaine Davidson
Roots in Cumbria – Elaine Davidson

[T]his September, Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake will be welcoming two musical stars and showcasing the finest in acoustic folk music and alternative rock.

Songstress and favourite Cumbrian folk-singer, Elaine Davidson and her band return to perform traditional classics and new album material in Roots in Cumbria, followed shortly afterwards by Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble and band celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his hit solo album My Secret Is My Silence.

Wigton-based Davidson, whose voice has been described as “hopeful and ethereal” and “unique” by fans has received much critical acclaim over her expansive career. Country music lovers and traditional folk fans alike will be captivated in this one-off evening which also sees Davidson play music from her latest album, Can’t Tell the River, recorded in Los Angeles in 2015 by award-winning producer Warren Huart.

Inspired by musical influences such as Joan Armatrading and combining sounds of the banjo, Appalachian fiddle and acoustic guitar, the quality of her songmanship is exceptional. She is supported by virtuoso double bassist Laurence Blackadder as well as an all-Cumbrian line up of hugely talented musician friends including Rory Connor, Fiona Clayton & Nick Hennessey.

In her own words, Davidson describes her Roots in Cumbria project as trying to establish the “Celtic connections of Cumbria” and she is committed to promoting the wealth of musical talent in the county. She says “There’s a song on the album called Cumberland, it’s all about how beautiful Cumbria is. We are so blessed to live here”. Elaine Davidson and friends perform on Sun 4th September at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15.

Roddy Woomble
Roddy Woomble

Following shortly afterwards is Roddy Woomble, familiar to most as the frontman to Scottish rock band Idlewild, but who has since forged a reputation as one of Scotland’s finest songwriters and performers. He is celebrating the tenth anniversary of his first solo album, My Secret Is My Silence with a special UK tour and will bring his distinctive melodic alternative rock, with acoustic and folk influences to Keswick on Sun 18th September at 7.30pm.

The album debuted at number one in the UK folk charts back in 2006 and was highly praised, even winning a coveted five star review in The Sunday Times. Since that time, what started as a low key album release has taken on a life of its own, and through word of mouth and a growing reputation, has become something of a cult classic. Woomble goes on to describe the album’s creation saying, “It’s all about escapism. About looking into the distance, not taking things for granted and about being outside”.

Supporting Woomble and helping to create the perfect backdrop for his poignant songs will be his usual solo band featuring Hannah Fisher (violin, vocals), Craig Ainslie (bass) and Sorren Maclean (guitar, vocals) and Danny Grant (drums). Using poetic lyrics rich with imagery and blending touches of country and folk, Woomble has won many thousands of fans all over the world and is described by Kerrang as “one of Britain’s most distinct and talented voices”.

The band will play two sets, firstly playing My Secret Is My Silence in its entirety. The second set will be a mixture of material from other albums and a few Idlewild favourites. The album will also be re-issued on vinyl for the first time in conjunction with the 10th anniversary tour and a limited number of Roddy’s new book Instrumentals will also be available to buy.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear one of folk music’s most hotly anticipated tours in years perform live in Keswick this autumn. Tickets are £15, £10 and students and under 16s, £7. You can book online at or telephone the Box Office on 017687 74411.

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