Live Music in the Duddon Valley
at the Browfoot Room, Ulpha, Cumbria
Acoustic - Traditional - Roots - Folk - Blues
Why the wolf playing a guitar?
The name "Ulpha" is believed to have originated with the meaning of 'hill frequented by wolves'. The name was derived from the old Norse words ulfr meaning wolves and haugr meaning hill.
Music in Ulpha was originally conceived to address requirements necessary to secure grants to refurbish the Browfoot Room, Ulpha's village hall for the past one hundred years.
Originally a dock shed, it was shipped and finally bought by horse and cart to its current position at the foot of the "Travellers Rest" hill. It was in drastic need of a makeover and in 2010 underwent a complete refurbishment which even involved getting inside toilet facilities!
It was immediately recognised as a great local resource, and it was hoped that in this form it would be used a lot more by the local community and people visiting the area.
After responding to an appeal from Phil Beer's website asking for smaller venues, especially northern ones, we were delighted he accepted an offer to play at the hall in May 2012. This promoted interest from other agents and artists, which has developed into regular concerts at two monthly intervals.
Music in Ulpha is a "not for profit" venture. Initially, proceeds were used for setup costs and now provide for ongoing equipment and support for further "performance" activities within the community. Ooccasionally we will subsidise ticket costs to showcase a higher calibre of artist.
Initially we hope that the concerts will provide the community with an opportunity to get together at regular intervals with age being no barrier, (quite a feat in this day and age!), in a much more close up and intimate way than the large concert scenario.
In the longer term, using music as a vehicle, it is hoped that Music in Ulpha could support the interests of a wide variety of local “performers”, regardless of age, by providing access to quality resources, (eg. stage, lighting, PA, expertise, etc). This then has the potential to support a range of other ventures (eg. childrens music workshops, amateur dramatics, pantomime, etc.)