A LARK AMONG THE CROWS Friday 25 September 7.30pm

ALan Franks
   Maz O'Connor                  Ross Baxter






An evening of stories in poetry and song with

Alan Franks, Maz O’Connor and Ross Baxter  The Malt Kiln, BardseaTickets: £5.
No Bar at this ven
ue – please bring your own refreshments.

We all like a story, but why? Stories help us make sense of our world. Of course, not all stories are true. Perhaps the ‘sense’ they help us make of the world is a delusion, “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” And yet… Truth is, after all, a slippery fish; come and see if you can catch a glimpse of it as it darts and glides through the rivers, streams and oceans of an evening of stories, ancient and modern, teasing the nets of poetry and song.

Alan Franks is an award-winning author, musician and journalist with many plays, records and poems to his name. In the past four years his poems have won several prizes, including the inaugural Wigtown Competition, and the Petra Kenney Award. With the singer Patty Vetta he has made hundreds of appearances at clubs, festivals and on radio, performing his own songs. The first of their albums, “Will” was named by Time Out as one of the top “Roots” albums of 1995. One of the songs, Wishfulness Waltz, became the title track of a collection by the veteran folk-rock band, Fairport Convention. They are currently working on their fifth CD. Alan’s new collection of short novels, “Going Over”, is published by the Muswell Press. He is currently collaborating as a lyricist with the Saxophonist and composer Tim Whitehead, artist-in-residence at Tate Britain.

Maz O’Connor is a talented young singer from Barrow-in-Furness who has been performing folk songs for around 5 years, after being taught and inspired by Chris Wood and James Fagan at Folkworks Summerschool. She sings mostly unaccompanied, but also with Last Orders, a stunning young band from Newcastle. Maz has recently begun accompanying herself on a shruti box, a traditional Indian instrument often used to create drones for singers. She has appeared at many festivals across the UK and reached the final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award last year. She particularly loves old English ballads, which tend to be the least likely to end happily!

Ross Baxter is a retired teacher, partially retired farmer, and not at all retired poet, whose poems have been published in various magazines, and performed on many and varied occasions across Cumbria and also in London. Well known locally as part of the planning team and a regular MC for  Ulverston’s popular  A Poem and a Pint events, Ross has lived on the same farm near the foot of Coniston Water for the last 35 years and much of his writing is rooted in a love of the Crake Valley and its way of life. He particularly enjoys working with musicians, and has appeared sporadically with Alan for more years than either wish to count.


  1. #1 by Ruth Gledhill on September 24th, 2009

    looking forward to this very much.

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