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Cumbrian Songs & Stories – a night of music, song and storytelling

Steve Wharton
Steve Wharton

[A] night of Cumbrian Songs and Stories comes to Florence Arts Centre in Egremont this November, with Steve Wharton’s touring theatre-music-storytelling show!

Saturday 26 November: Following recent folk gigs from the likes of Cumbria’s own Stooshie and the Manx fourpiece Birlinn Jiarg, we return closer to home with Steve Wharton’s Cumbrian Songs and Stories.

Steve Wharton is a Cumbrian songwriter and performer. For over 20 years he has developed his writing and performance skills, drawing on experiences and influences from across Europe and Asia, gathered whilst working as a photographer, chef, teacher, actor, musician and also warden of Black Sail youth hostel. Now settled between the stunning Ennerdale fells and West Cumbrian coast he loves sharing his songs and writing skills in performances and workshops.

The show is a mix of live music, open mic, theatre and storytelling, with a performance of traditional and original songs, stories and poems about the beautiful, rugged, mysterious Lake District, its people & surroundings.

Based on folklore and authentic sources, Cumbrian Songs & Stories takes the audience on a tour of the mountains, rivers and coast with tales of lakeland life, history and amazing occurrences.

From ancient kings and pet lions to cheeky artists stealing Scafell Pike’s peak, the show features storytelling, poetry and songs performed unaccompanied (as the shepherds prefer) or with guitar, ukulele, concertina or Chinese banjo and has been designed to give visitors a real sense of place in the lakes counties and to open up some of the area’s folklore, ancient and modern history.

There’s even a chance for the audience to get involved in the open mic-style open floor spots. So anyone who fancies performing their own Cumbrian song, story, poem can get in touch with us to book a slot:

  • Maximum length 3 minutes
  • Song, story, poem, jokes, dancing, memories, ANYTHING!
  • Must be about Cumbria, ideally a specific place in it but county wide material will be considered.
  • Can be your own work or something traditional. Please check with the author if you’re doing something by someone still alive.

This is sure to be a great night of contemporary and traditional music and a journey of discovery, suitable for all ages, locals and visitors alike!

Tickets cost £8, available from or 01946 824946

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