Organisers have revealed the names of some of the local musicians who will share a bill with chart topping groups during this year’s Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF).
Cumbrian acts including Stooshie, Annemarie Quinn, Tarras, Jack & Paddy and Tethera, will perform on the same stage as The Feeling, Hothouse Flowers, Stornoway and Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds.
The 2014 Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) will be held from May 15 to 18 and has been boosted by the addition of live music in Crow Park on May 16 and 17.
Friday night will be headlined by Irish folk rock group Hothouse Flowers, supported by Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds, Peatbog Faeries and local bands Stooshie and Jack & Paddy.
The headline act on Saturday, May 17 will be chart toppers The Feeling, supported by Stornoway, and local acts Tarras, Annemarie Quinn and Tethera. Cumbrian folk quartet Stooshie will play on Friday, May 16. Formed in 2008, their line up comprises Rachel Swift (fiddle and vocals), Pete Leeson (fiddle, guitar and mandola), Simon O’Hare (guitar, bass and vocals) and Dave Muir (percussion, whistle and vocals).
The band set out with traditional tunes in mind, but soon started incorporating other musical styles aiming to meld the folk tradition into a more modern context.
Stooshie have released two albums, The Grain in 2009 and Stydd in February 2014, both of which include a selection of interpretations of traditional tunes and the band’s own compositions.
The most local of the acts performing during KMF is Annemarie Quinn, a professional singer songwriter from Keswick, who will be on stage on Saturday, May 17.
Taking up the guitar and violin from an early age, Quinn has developed her song writing techniques to become a prolific composer of music that reflects the lakes, mountains and countryside that she loves.
She combines her passion for the rural landscape with broad musical influences, ranging from the folk styles of Kate Rusby and Mumford and Sons to the melodies of Bob Marley.
Lucy Scrase, Keswick Mountain Festival director, said: “The addition of live music to Keswick Mountain Festival is really important for the development of the event. We have very carefully put together a line up that will appeal to a wide, family oriented audience.
" It’s really great that this event has been able to attract nationally and internationally renowned acts to Keswick, but just as important to us is being able to offer local acts an opportunity to perform on a big stage to a large audience.”
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