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Two bands for the price of one at Florence Arts Centre’s folk night


[W]est Cumbria’s thriving live music scene gets another boost this weekend when Florence Arts Centre play host to two fiddle-driven folk bands.

The live music venue in Egremont is set for a late summer surge of gigs which includes jazz-funk, rock and blues – but first some fantastic folk music.

On Sunday 19 August celebrated Cumbrian folk quartet Stooshie will be playing a lively set at this former iron ore mine, bringing their high spirited take on traditional folk tunes and ballads. This funked up folk band’s sweet melodies and raucous reels blend trad and self penned fiddle tunes with bass and percussion creating a sound that’s modern yet familiar. Stooshie’s mix of guitars, fiddles, whistle, bass and percussion move you from the warm and melancholic – reflecting their love of the Cumbrian sea and the hills – to a jigging frenzy that’ll make you want to dance all night.

The band are ably supported by fellow Cumbrians Burnt Horse, a five-piece based in Keswick, well-known for their superb close harmonies. You can see both bands for just £10.00.

Tickets are available from the venue box office in person, by telephone on 01946 824946 or online at

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