Welcome to Music in the Wood. We organise music events in a special barn on the fells near Ullswater.
Music in the Wood is a series of music events held in Lucy’s Barn, set in the middle of Lucy’s Wood, 1200’ high up in the Lakeland fells with stunning views. It gives us the opportunity to hear world class music in an utterly magical environment surrounded by nature and beauty.
All proceeds go to Another Way Charity based in the Matterdale Valley.
Another Way helps people to live in a more environmentally friendly way and to form communities that can achieve real and sustainable change. There are easy steps we can all take, each at our own pace and united in this way we will protect our planet’s health for us and our children.
With roots that stem from England’s opposite ends, the Yorkshire formed trio swiftly evolved as their paths entwined in the summer of 2017.
From a first song born on a river bank and filmed in a working forge, their sound is the innocent wild environment of its own creation.
Simon Robinson on banjo, Alice Phelps on double bass, Naomi Jane on guitar and 3 part harmonies weaving it together; their old-time folk tunes resurface wide-eyed and fresh with a bittersweet taste of spring.
David’s playing is seeped in the tradition of American folk and blues guitar, from the rags of Blind Blake and Reverend Gary Davis, to the delta blues of Robert Johnson and Charley Patton. He is also an accomplished harmonica player in the country blues tradition of Sonny Boy Williamson I and Sonny Terry.
His involvement with the Lindy Hop scene nudged him in the direction of early jazz and swing, but the standards Louis Armstrong may have sung still possess a rural quality. He cut his teeth playing in country and folk bands and will still play the odd bluegrass number if the feeling takes him.
His reworking of traditional songs breathes new life into well worn standards and his original compositions give a nod to the rootsy side of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt.
We are delighted to announce that Robbie will kick off the evening for us, followed by the much acclaimed David Broad and the Redwood River Band. Robbie is an extraordinarily talented young man, home grown in Matterdale, playing traditional and original tunes on his accordion. Musical influences drawn from Celtic, Eastern European and Canadian folk.
Lucy’s Barn is an absolutely unique location for these concerts, set in the middle of Lucy’s Wood, 1200’ high up in the Lakeland fells with stunning uninterrupted views over towards High Street, Place fell and Gowbarrow.
It gives us the opportunity to hear world class music in an utterly magical environment surrounded by nature and beauty. Come rain or shine you will find Lucy’s Barn an awe inspiring venue to hear and see artists in an intimate venue.
To reserve tickets:
plus Meal Deal: £10
(includes petit pois with mint and nutmeg soup, or spicy carrot and coconut soup with French bread, cheese savoury nibbles, and a jam tart or cake and a glass of red or white wine)
Food & Bar opens 6pm (cash only) offering wines, beers and soft drinks.
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Set above the picture perfect Ullswater valley, Music in the Wood is surrounded by an abundance of great places to eat and lovely places to sleep. From Michelin-starred award-winning hotels and restaurants to idyllic camping barns, Ullswater has something for all pockets and tastes.
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Here are a few events we have organised recently.
Burnt Horse is an acoustic rootsy band from North Cumbria playing ukulele, guitar, bass and fiddle with the occasional addition of a cello. Helen and Angela bring two lovely natural voices together for some lush harmonies, very ably balanced by Simon, who also sings.
The band edges towards the mellow end of acoustic music and enjoys performing a mix of Roots and Americana with a...
Lute in the Barn
Matthew Wadsworth lute and theorbo
Music by Dowland, Johnson and Kapsberger.
We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to hear aclaimed Lutenist
Matthew Wadsworth live in the intimate environment of Lucy's Barn
Poet and cellist Kenneth Wilson presents a moving and absorbing solo show telling a story of Love through poetry and music.
Love enthrals and confuses us all. From the first heady moments of falling into it, through a rollercoaster of better and worse, to an array of possible endings – sad, violent or just inevitable – the poetical cellist is an inspired guide.
We are delighted to welcome back the Renames. A full Barn rocked to their own compositions and covers, not to be missed!
In the fifteen years they have been appearing together as Fain, Anne-Marie Kerr (vocals, keyboard, whistles) and Ian Wright (vocals, violin) have entranced and entertained audiences around Cumbria and beyond with their distinctive sound and repertoire, centring on the lyrical clarity of Anne-Marie’s voice and beautiful tone of Ian’s violin. Combining Anne-Marie’s folk background...
Li Lu will be playing the Bach cello suites.
"My hope is to run, dance and fly to the sound of my cello…” The epitome of international, cool, young and elegant, Li Lu plays with a passion that takes flight both sonically and visually” – Sky Arts.
As a soloist and Chamber musician, Li Lu has a considerable number of performance experiences across Asia and Europe. Highlight...
In the wordless communication that passes between Orcadian fiddler Catriona Price and Peebles harpist Esther Swift as they perform, the strength of their decade-long musical partnership, friendship and shared humour is evident. It’s this depth of connection, and tangible desire to have fun, that gives Twelfth Day its extra edge.
In their own words, this is not so much a duo, but a two...
Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious...
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Joanna plays soprano and baritone ukulele, piano and using a loop pedal she creates beguiling choral vocal soundscapes around her songs. British born, New York based vocalist and composer, Joanna has toured extensively throughout Europe, USA and Australia.
Influences include - in no particular order! - Nina Simone, Laura Mvula, Emily King,...
Working at the famous Riverside Club in Newcastle Greg got to see hundreds of artists & bands ranging from the then not so famous Happy Mondays to big names like Mick Jones (The Clash).
"This was an amazing time in my life - I used to stand and watch as many musicians as possible whilst pretending to collect beer glasses.
"I learned how to play guitar by watching how they did...
Music in the Wood is exactly halfway between Keswick and Penrith with easy access to Ullswater (5 mins), Patterdale (10 mins) and Keswick (15 mins).
Lucy’s Barn is on the side of the fell so it is advisable to wear walking boots or wellies, dress warmly, bring a brolly if rain is forecast and don't forget A TORCH!
Lucy's Barn: there is a path all the way to the Barn down a gentle slope through the wood. Unfortunately it is not possible to get a wheelchair to the Barn.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us and we'll do our best to help. 07787-140618