Well it’s taken me all day counting and re-checking the votes, thank you to all 90 off you who chipped in.  To put that into perspective, that’s about a typical days viewing on here when there’s no controversy bubbling away.    I’m sure that all the artists involved, whether they were bothered about awards or not, appreciate that so many of you cared enough to send an email.  Now go buy their albums, books, art, gig tickets etc….

Oh, you want to know who won?  Well, it was fascinating totting up the votes.  There were clear winners and extremely tight categories, with a recount needed in two cases. 

Best Album 2009

Show Your Workings by New Zealand Story.

Best Live Act 2009

Moll Baxter

Best Writer 2009

Kim Moore

Best Visual Artist 2009


Best Other Performer

Simon Baker & Rebecca Willmott (tie)

I was unable to separate Simon and Rebecca even on a count back of second and third place votes. 

Well done to all of you, and to all the nominees and those too who didnt get a mention this time.  We have a great range of talent in this area, represented in these awards by comparative veterans and newcomers alike.

The Dukes Youth Theatre present It Snows

Hot on the heels of their successful performance at The National Theatre last year, The Dukes Senior Youth Theatre present a new icy cold production of It Snows from 10 – 12 February.

This quirky story about snow and love will feature an even quirkier set, as all of the props are made out of wool!  Nineteen knitters have been busy working since October to create, amongst other things, jam tarts, icicles and snowballs.

And if anyone still wants to contribute their knitting skills, head down to The Dukes bar where a bowl of wool awaits for keen hands to make snowballs for the show.  All wool has kindly been donated by Stylecraft.

It Snows is set amidst the racket of a not-so-very beautiful town where  Cameron and Caitlin find a unique connection through the world of sledging, snow angels and snowballs.

Cast member Shona Thompson said:

“This is my first show with The Dukes Youth Theatre and I’m really excited about taking people on our journey.  The knitting is amazing and when people enter DT3, it’ll be like they’re entering another  world.”

Tickets cost £6 and £4 and are available from The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or

Lunecy Writer makes the big time!

Occasional contributor to these pages, and frequent performer at Spotlight, Apples & Snakes and Poem & A Pint events Kim Moore has a poem ‘The Rabbit & The Moon’ in this weeks Times Literary Supplement.

Well done Kim!

More Music with Jazz Legend Neil Yates

A vital voice in British Jazz comes to Morecambe for one night only!

More Music Presents Neil Yates, jazz musician and the only person to successfully interpret traditional folk styles onto the trumpet, along with his Cool Ceol (Gaelic for “music”) Quartet featuring Steve Berry (Loose Tubes) on bass , Zsolt Bende on guitar, and Eryl Roberts on drums.

Now based in North Wales, Neil – who has just been commissioned to write a suite for 19 players to mark Manchester Jazz Festival’s 15th year – has played with NYJO, Peter King, Don Weller, Denys Baptiste, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, Alex Wilson, Clark Tracey and has worked as a session musician for Brand New Heavies, Supergrass, Black Grape, Alison Moyet, Will Young, Raw Stylus, Suggs, and Robbie Williams.

As well as playing in jazz and pop settings Neil developed his breathtaking technique whilst living in a small caravan travelling round the folk music festivals of Britain and Ireland, learning and playing traditional Celtic music. He went on to play and record with folk music giants Michael McGoldrick, Kate Rusby, John McCusker and more.

This gig will be extra special as Neil will be joined by two cumbrian musical institutions: banjo player, singer, pipes player, producer, publisher and part-time farmer Bill Lloyd and The Lakeland Fiddlers, a string band led by Carolyn Francis.

Bill Lloyd is well known as a live performer at festivals and folk sessions in Cumbria, the Borders and North West England, both as a soloist and with The Wildwood Band. He plays old-time Appalachian dance music and songs, country-rock, bluegrass, contemporary and traditional Irish ballads, traditional European dance music and his own songs.

The Lakeland Fiddlers play traditional fiddle music from the English lakes collected and arranged by fantastic fiddler Carolyn Francis. They evolved from being a class to a community band appearing regularly at festivals, fairs and parties including appearances at The Sage, Gateshead, Solfest, Dent Folk Festival and Furness Traditions Festival.

More Music Presents gigs offer the chance for professional and community musicians to find meaningful, musical ways of playing together. As well as offering his own set, Neil Yates will solo with The Lakeland Fiddlers, and then the fiddlers will in turn accompany Bill Lloyd for a song.  Finally all acts will come together for The Big Play which will open and close the night!

One month later on Friday 5th March More Music Presents Tarang – The UK’s leading indian classical music ensemble, Dean McPhee – innovative electric guitar soloist and More Music’s resident Orbit Jazz Workshop Band

More Music Presents is open to all ages. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £2 Under 18s/Concessions and are available on the door at More Music 13-17 Devonshire Road Morecambe, or in advance by calling 01524 831997 or on email at

More Music is a community music organisation based in the West End of Morecambe offering classes, gigs and events for all ages. More Music also organises the annual Kite Festival which this year is on Sunday 20 June. For more information about More Music’s events call 01524 831997 or visit

Still time to vote….if you want to!

There’s still a couple of days left to get your votes in for the Lunecy Awards 2009

I’ve just had a sneak look at the votes so far, and mostly its still very close, your vote could make the difference.


Open Mic at The Gregson

Lancaster has a thriving tradition of ‘Open Mic’ nights, and we at Lunecy wholeheartedly endorse this.  Some people want to be famous and some want to just play to a few friends, appreciative listeners, passers by and so on.  Some of these are the same people on different nights.   As the mood or the inspiration takes them.

One of these nights that has been touched upon before at TLR is the last sunday of the month at The Gregson, an event often themed and drawing performers and listeners from all sides of town.  Even I’ve been known to do my thing there. 

This month there’s no theme, but Nigel Parrington tells me that:

‘there’s no theme or bells and whistles, just an Open Mic.  acid folksters ‘Zaam’ are coming form Belgium to play a short set so it should be interesting. 
Many thanks and greetings ‘

So, if the weekend is too short and you want to enjoy a convivial, spirited and entertaining night with tunes thrown in for free… why not wander down to The Gregson (or up, acrosss, round the corner, etc) on Sunday night.

Wired In comes to The Dukes

From Lancaster’s TOTALLY WIRED COLLECTIVE and THE DUKES,  comes a brand new event celebrating the weird and wonderful art world of our region. For musicians and music-lovers, artists and art-lovers and for all those who like to “see it here first”, this is a night like no other!!
The first WIRED IN is on Monday 8th February 2010 – FREE ENTRY!! – Starts at 7.00 p.m. in the Dukes Gallery, Moor Lane, Lancaster.  Box Office for Info 01524 598500.
It promises to be an extravaganza of  FILM/VISUALS/MUSIC/SOUNDTRACKS & POETRY…………….Wired In also provides a fantastic opportunity for people to network, to get to know other local artists – (Who they are, and what they do!!) in a friendly and supportive environment. This really is an event to get YOURSELF WIRED IN to the local scene.
Line – Up for Monday 8th February 2010
“Kynance Cove – Cornwall”  Visuals by Richard Davis  Spoken Words by Joanne Levey
“On Pendle Hill”  is a short piece celebrating the poetry of Norman Hadley and the stunning Photography of Andy Carson
“Confessions of an Ice Road Trucker”  Video and song from Manchester based alternative/acoustic musician Boz Hayward
“Curious Progeny” & “Never Ever After”  Two animated short pieces by Lauren Miller with accompaning music by Jess Thomas
“Hulme Is Hell!!”  Photographs by Richard Davis – an affectionate look back at Manchester’s Hulme Council Estate – a magnet for musicians, artists, students, drop outs & lunatics etc  Music by Cameron Molloy
“Dripping Paint” & “Abstracts”   Visuals by Richard Davis   Music by Clutter
“Slow Blizzard”   Film & Music by Clutter
“The Weird & Wonderful World of Reginald Winters”   A series of Images and Comedy by Reginald Winters
“Beneath The Ice”  Visuals by John M.Morrison (artist in Residence Uclan & AAZA Student Artist of the Year 2009)   Poetry by Ron Scowcroft
“Sleep-Cat & Comet Seeds”  &  “Isabella’s Palimpsest”   Illustrations by Jayne Simpson with Poetry by Ron Scowcroft
“Meat!”  &  “The Road Trip”   two short animated pieces by Joseph Cowell
“Untitled”  Short Film by Lancaster band Orphans
Two Lovely Eggs Music Videos  by Film Maker/Photographer  Darren Andrews
“Untitled”  Short Film by Magda Laczkowska
and finally to end the evening we are proud to announce an exclusive 20 Minute filmed Art Performance by Free:Control titled ” Prima Materia ” a film depicting evolution of the self through alchemical process.
A GREAT LINE UP!!     and  FREE!!!!
For More Info and Photos of the artists involved go to  or connect with  ( Facebook ) Totally Wired – Lancaster and North West
Look forward to seeing you