Thursday, 28 August 2008

Brian Kennedy returns to The Platform

Brian KennedyBrian Kennedy, one of Ireland's most successful ambassadors of music, will make a welcome return to The Platform in Morecambe on Friday 19 September.

Brian, whose most recent album, Interpretations, was released in March, is a prolific songwriter and a master interpreter of lyrics and audiences around the world continue to praise his vocal talent.

Performing live has always been at the core of Brian's success, a fact not overlooked by Van Morrison who approached him to perform as part of his Blues and Soul Revue, which travelled the world to critical acclaim.

Brian has also toured with The Corrs, Tina Turner and Riverdance, and has featured on some of Van Morrison's albums. He represented Ireland in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest, where he came 10th overall.

Brian was selected to perform at the funeral of George Best, where his powerful renderings of 'You Raise Me Up' and 'Vincent' resulted in the release of a charity single 'George Best - A Tribute' from which 'You Raise Me Up' rapidly shot to Number 4 in the UK Charts.

Born in Belfast in 1966, Brian discovered his voice when he found he could repeat a note pitch perfect in a music class at school, and could harmonise along with the radio. However, at that time, he had no idea that just a few years later he would find himself in the enviable position of having three albums in the Irish Top 30 charts simultaneously.

Described by Q Magazine as having 'a voice to charm the angels', Brian continues to strengthen his reputation as a unique artist with a distinctive and extraordinary musical talent. Quite simply, Brian is a natural communicator. In his live concerts, with the firm belief that 'Music is the language of emotion', he takes his audience on a roller coaster ride for the whole performance and still finds the energy to meet up with his fans after each show.

• The concert will start at 8.00pm and tickets priced at £15 adults, £14 concessions are available from the Box Office on 01524 582803.

Brian Kennedy's Official web site

High Tea on St. Leonard's gate!

Lancaster' Carnival of Culture grroup is inviting locals to High Tea on the "lawns of St. Leonard's Gate," Lancaster, as part of its ongoing campaign to highlight alternatives to Centros Miller's plans to turn the area into a huge shopping area that will inevitably suck the life and business from the town's existing town centre.

Locals are encouraged to join in with some Victorian fun and frivolity on the "last remaining lawns of St. Leonard's Gate" at St. Leonard's gate/Alfred Street Junction this Friday (29 August 2008) between 4 and 7.30pm. The hope is that the event will transform the space into a vision of how local people would like it to look.

"Bring your ideas, inspiration, deck chairs, plants, top hats and tales of how Lancaster used to look," say the organisers. "Enjoy a game of croquet on the lawns. marvel at the wonder of Lancaster's creative talent. Take a moment to dream of how you would like our lovely city to look in the future. All welcome!"

The event will be followed by after party at the Gregson Centre on Moor Lane, 8 til 12.

• More information on the Carnival of Culture web site: with the latest updates on their blog:

A Brief Encounter with Doctor Who

200 science fiction fans enjoyed a "Brief Encounter" with Doctor Who star Colin Baker on Bank Holiday Monday (25 August 2008) on Carnforth railway station. When the event sold out - surprising even the organisers, Carnforth's new TARDIS shop - Colin's question and answer session had to take place on the platform of the famous station itself.

Fans of all ages posed questions to the actor who played the Sixth Doctor Who in the 1980s for over an hour, which was followed by an autograph session.

The organiser were pleased by the turn out and Colin was delighted by so much enthusiasm for the original Doctor Who series. The actor, who also starred in Brothers in the 1970s and continues to play the Doctor for new audio adventures from Big Finish, is about to embark on a tour of Michael Frayn's Noises Off.

More about Colin on his official web site.

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

On Yer Bike (For Free!)

Fancy taking up cycling but don't have a bike? Then Lancaster City Council's Cycling Demonstration Town Project Team might just have the solution for you.

In partnership with two local bike hire organisations - Sunshine Cycles in Morecambe and Leisure Lakes in Lancaster - the council is offering two lucky people the chance to try out a bike for a couple of weeks for free.

To get you started, it's also offering free 1-2-1 training and your own personal bike buddy to show you the best route from A to B.

All you have to do is to keep a record of your journey - any problems you faced, obstacles overcome and pleasant surprises. Sunshine Cycles can also offer a trailer for anyone who wishes to have a go at transporting their young family too.

• To be in with a chance of taking part just get in touch by email ( or in writing to CDT Team, Palatine Hall, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PW, and tell us why you think you would benefit from this opportunity. Entries must be received by Monday 15 September.