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featuring local musicians, DJs and composers, bands, choirs, orchestras, ensembles and all music links (see right).
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Listings for Lancaster and Morecambe area-based bands is FREE Send us brief information
about the band and include a links to your webspace where we can hear more and a picture if you have one.
If you're the member
or promoter of a local band, you can publicise your events in our What's On Guide.
The Balkanics Band. Formed in the autumn of 2007 and playing mainly Balkan and Klezmer tunes from their own unique perspective the 7-piece Balkanics feature two fiddles, a cello, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, whistle and percussion which can make for a very big sound. They are all based in Lancaster and comprise of: Jane Lawrence, Fiddle; Hugh Tuffen, Cello; Paul Ferguson, Fiddle and Guitar; Sian Philips, Accordion; Roger Purves, Guitar, Bouzouki and Mandolin; Joe Murphy, whistles and percussion; Noel Cass, percussion.
(Satori writes: this band has outstanding musical energy and rhythm - makes you want to skip about like a happy, bouncy lamb!)
Baybeat Street Band Tel:
An energetic and colourful street carnival band - come and join in!
Bill Roberts Fulltime piano player and freelance musician, whose roots are embedded in blues music but with branches now extending deep into other genres. Largely remembered locally for involvement with The Hustle ('88 - 2000) and Betty's
Blues. Currently playing in various bands and formats, including The Swamp Dogs and many other projects. As a solo artist, Bill plays jazz and blues bar room classics, from the slow and sleazy to boisterous boogie. Bill is also a music workshop leader in educational and 'arts in health' forums.
Contact via website.
Email: tonycookemuso[AT]gmail.com Up to date as of 17/12/12
The Duo comprises singers and guitarists Dave
Emptage and Tony Cooke who produce an evening of varied music and songs
from traditional folksong through material by the likes of Paul Simon,
John Lennon and David Bowie to some out-and-out rockers and a couple
Pink Floyd numbers. Both play acoustic guitars, although these are enhanced
from time to time by the use of some electronic wizardry, and specialise
in performing songs with strong melodies and good vocal harmonies.
tend to start the evening with softer ballads and folk songs and gradually
raise the tempo throughout the two sets to reach a point where people
are either singing along or have left. They have played all the live
venues in Lancaster as well as further afield in such dens of iniquity
as Llanidloes, Rufford and Chorley. One splendid evening's entertainment
(usually 2 x 50-minute sets) at very reasonable rates. How can you
Extravaganza Extravaganza are 5 piece female fronted covers band based in Lancaster consisting of 2 x guitars, bass, drums and vocals. Combining the sultry sound of the Jazz age with the Rock and Pop music of today that you know and love Extravaganza have a set list that caters for people of all ages and tastes. From Amy Winehouse - Peggy lee, from Lady GaGa to Dusty Springfield from The Beatles to Jessie J.
Ideal for all events and functions no matter how big or small the venue. Extravaganza are fully self contained and are available for shows and events in Lancaster and the North West.
Contact: Karl on 07532 230915
Watch this band on YouTube
Kr!ss Foster Singer / songwriter of "strange, unique but compelling
compositions", but possibly best known for appearing in a furry
Read a Virtual-Lancaster review here.
Galloways Community Choir We are actually two choirs which come together for various concerts and workshops; one is based at Howick House in Penwortham and the other at Galloway’s at Balmoral Road, Morecambe LA3 1SS. We meet on Mondays 1pm - 3.30pm at the Morecambe Choir.
We support the work of the Galloway’s Society for the Blind in and around Preston and Morecambe.
The Choir (A cappella) began in 2001 with a few people singing around a piano. After a project with the Halle Orchestra, our Musical Director, Jeff Borradaile, took over the running of the Choir and since then we have gone from strength to strength, both in numbers and the quality of our singing. Visit us on Facebook.
Live at Lica Set in the Great Hall at Lancaster University the LICA concert series offers the widest possible repertoire of performers and artists, and is designed to engage and excite any live music enthusiast. Soon to enter its 40th succesful year, the programme ranges from well-loved classics to world premieres of specially commissioned works.
Highly recommended live-writing event with local authors and performers.
Held on the 3rd Friday of every month at The Yorkshire House, Parliament
Street, Lancaster. 8.30pm start. Events comprise open mic session, poets, writers,
comedy and music.
COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTRES & TUITION
Voice Here you can find out about natural voice
and harmony singing workshops based in South Lakeland in the North of
England for groups and individuals.
Community Music Centre
meets at 9.15 on Saturdays from 4/9/04 in its
new premises at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. An independent organisation since 1994, it offers the chance to
take part in a wide range of musical activities. Members’ ages
range from four to eighty with every decade between represented and
tuition is available on a wide range of instruments.
Why not come along and give it a go?
Musicians' Co-op 1 Lodge Street, Lancaster, LA1 1QW
Phone: 01524 388544
Fax: 01524 388544
LMC was opened in 1985 as a non-profit making
organization dedicated to providing musical services at affordable
offering a well-equipped studio and four rehearsal rooms. It's
not exactly a co-op anymore but still offers the same unbeatable services.
They regularly provide our users the chance to perform at specially
organized events, and have produced a series of cassettes and CDs featuring
the best of the area's music.
Music in Morecambe - aka The Hothouse Devonshire Road, Morecambe - (01524)
This bustling community venue encourages all kinds
of (mainly but not exclusively) musical activities. There are regularly
courses at the Hothouse on DJ and audio skills as well as a full range
of music, composition and performance courses, weekly sessions and workshops
for all ages and abilities from toddlers to the Seagull Cafe for seniors.
See our courses listings for
details of some of them.
Stony Lane Forton, Nr Lancaster Tel: 01524 792020
A Professional Studio in an old 18th Century
Church. Has special reduced rates for student and local bands at weekends.
LOCAL MUSIC / EQUIPMENT SHOPS / HIRE
Astounded PA Systems
Astounded is a Lancaster-based supplier of PA Systems, Pro Audio Equipment, Stage / Band Lighting, Disco Lighting and Entertainment Equipment to customers both locally and throughout the UK. Established in 2010 with years of experience in the Entertainment and Events supply industry and a focus on personal, friendly customer service, we are enthusiastic supporters of the local music scene, having proudly sponsored such events as Lancaster Music Festival, Ritual Noise, Haus Of Sound, and many more.
Our showroom on Lake Enterprise Park has a wealth of products in stock and ready for demonstration, and at the core of our business, our website showcases all that we have to offer, as well as being a mine of helpful advice and information.
Astounded also supply pyrotechnics.
26 King Street,
Tel: 01524 34641
Mob: 07927 187 779 info@AtticusAccordions.co.uk
Atticus Accordions does a lot more than just selling accordions and
arranging repairs - we deal in a huge range of musical instruments, from
ukuleles and harmonicas to concertinas and guitars, as well as
melodeons, violins, gig bags, guitar pedals and a range of other
accessories. We also stock exotic fairtrade instruments (many under £10)
and both play and sell CDs by local and independent bands. If you have
any questions, want to publicise your band or event, or are simply
curious about our stock, please visit or get in touch!
404 Marine Road East, Morecambe. Tel. 01524 410202
Established in 1989 and has since grown into one
of the largest and best stocked music shops in the north of England,
selling everything from classical and orchestral instruments right through
to rock 'n roll and hi-tech equipment. It features 18 specialist departments,
each stocking in-depth the world's top brands of musical instruments
MUSIC SERVICES & LINKS
61 Regent Street,
Tel: 07939 168102
This is a service to transpose sheet music from one key to another,
often needed by groups of musicians and choirs. This is not done by
hand but uses scanning technology.
For full details see my website.
Slides to CD: I use professional equipment to scan 35mm slides
(transparencies) to turn the image into a TIFF or JPEG file. I also
offer transposing of sheet music.