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Welcome to the Virtual-Lancaster Music Pages
If you're an artist and/or a member or promoter of a local musical group, let us know about your groups and events by e-mailing us.

Listings based in the Lancaster and Morecambe area are FREE

The Balkanics BandBaybeat(Boogie) Bill RobertsThe DuoExtravaganza Kr!ss FosterFrenchieGathered Voices Community Choir Gerry GillardGet Carter The Grew Trio

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The Balkanics Band.
Balkanic EruptionsFormed in the autumn of 2007 and playing mainly Balkan and Klezmer tunes from their own unique perspective the 7-piece Balkanics feature two fiddles, a cello, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, whistle and percussion which can make for a very big sound. They are all based in Lancaster and comprise: Jane Lawrence, Fiddle; Hugh Tuffen, Cello; Paul Ferguson, Fiddle and Guitar; Sian Philips, Accordion; Roger Purves, Guitar, Bouzouki and Mandolin; Joe Murphy, whistles and percussion; Noel Cass, percussion.
(Satori writes: this band has outstanding musical energy and rhythm - makes you want to skip about like a happy, bouncy lamb!)

Baybeat Street Band
Tel: 01524 831997
An energetic and colourful street carnival band - come and join in!

Boogie Bill RobertsBoogie Bill Roberts
Fulltime piano player and freelance musician, whose roots are embedded in blues music but with branches now extending deep into other genres. Largely remembered locally for involvement with The Hustle ('88 - 2000) and Betty's
Blues. Currently playing in various bands and formats, including The Swamp Dogs and many other projects. As a solo artist, Bill plays jazz and blues bar room classics, from the slow and sleazy to boisterous boogie. Bill is also a music workshop leader in educational and 'arts in health' forums.
Contact via website.

The Duo
Email: tonycookemuso[AT]
Up to date as of 17/12/12
The Duo comprises singers and guitarists Dave Emptage and Tony Cooke who produce an evening of varied music and songs ranging from traditional folksong through material by the likes of Paul Simon, John Lennon and David Bowie to some out-and-out rockers and a couple of Pink Floyd numbers. Both play acoustic guitars, although these are enhanced from time to time by the use of some electronic wizardry, and specialise in performing songs with strong melodies and good vocal harmonies. They tend to start the evening with softer ballads and folk songs and gradually raise the tempo throughout the two sets to reach a point where people are either singing along or have left. They have played all the live music venues in Lancaster as well as further afield in such dens of iniquity as Llanidloes, Rufford and Chorley. One splendid evening's entertainment (usually 2 x 50-minute sets) at very reasonable rates. How can you resist?"

Extravaganza are 5 piece female fronted covers band based in Lancaster consisting of 2 x guitars, bass, drums and vocals. Combining the sultry sound of the Jazz age with the Rock and Pop music of today that you know and love Extravaganza have a set list that caters for people of all ages and tastes. From Amy Winehouse - Peggy lee, from Lady GaGa to Dusty Springfield from The Beatles to Jessie J.
Ideal for all events and functions no matter how big or small the venue. Extravaganza are fully self contained and are available for shows and events in Lancaster and the North West.
Contact: Karl on 07532 230915
Watch this band on YouTube

Kr!ss FosterKr!ss Foster
Singer / songwriter of "strange, unique but compelling compositions", but possibly best known for appearing in a furry leopard suit.
Read a Virtual-Lancaster review here.

Gathered Voices Community Choir
(prev.k.a. Galloways Community Choir)
We sing our little hearts out on Monday morning at St Teresa's, Penwortham, Preston PR1 0DS and at The Salvation Army, 131 Balmoral Road, Morecambe, LA3 1HJ on Monday afternoons from 1.30 - 3.30pm. Come and join us!
We are actually two Choirs of about 100 singers who come together for various concerts, in support of many charities in and around Preston and Morecambe, and workshops.
Gathered Voices (Formally known as Galloways Community Choir) began in 2001 with a few people singing around a piano. After a project with the Halle Orchestra our Musical Director, Jeff Borradaile took over the running of the Choir and since then we have gone from strength to strength, both in numbers and the quality of our singing.
for any queries, you can Message us on our Facebook Page, Gathered Voices, or contact

The Grew Trio
Wild improvisations, free jazz encounters



Live at Lica
Set in the Great Hall at Lancaster University the LICA concert series offers the widest possible repertoire of performers and artists, and is designed to engage and excite any live music enthusiast. Soon to enter its 40th succesful year, the programme ranges from well-loved classics to world premieres of specially commissioned works.

North Lancs Soul Festival
In May, in Morecambe

The Spotlight Club
Highly recommended live-writing event with local authors and performers. Held on the 3rd Friday of every month at The Yorkshire House, Parliament Street, Lancaster. 8.30pm start. Events comprise open mic session, poets, writers, comedy and music.


Lakeland Voice
Here you can find out about natural voice and harmony singing workshops based in South Lakeland in the North of England for groups and individuals.

Lancaster Community Music Centre
meets on Saturday mornings at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. An independent organisation since 1994, it offers the chance to take part in a wide range of musical activities. Members’ ages range from four to eighty with every decade between represented and tuition is available on a wide range of instruments.
Why not come along and give it a go?
Tel: 07866-289545.

Lancaster Musicians' Co-op
1 Lodge Street, Lancaster, LA1 1QW  
Phone: 01524 388544
Fax: 01524 388544
LMC was opened in 1985 as a non-profit making organization dedicated to providing musical services at affordable rates offering a well-equipped studio and four rehearsal rooms.  It's not exactly a co-op anymore but still offers the same unbeatable services. They regularly provide our users the chance to perform at specially organized events, and have produced a series of cassettes and CDs featuring the best of the area's music.

More Music in Morecambe - aka The Hothouse
Devonshire Road, Morecambe - (01524) 831997
This bustling community venue encourages all kinds of (mainly but not exclusively) musical activities. There are regularly courses at the Hothouse on DJ and audio skills as well as a full range of music, composition and performance courses, weekly sessions and workshops for all ages and abilities from toddlers to the Seagull Cafe for seniors. See our courses listings for details of some of them.

Music Tuition
Small friendly classes or one-to-one tuition:
Creative Piano for Kids
Fun Music Group for Kids
Learn Spanish through Music
For more information please call Eleanor Levin on 01524 63661 or email
Eleanor Levin has a first class degree in Spanish and Music from Lancaster University.

SJE Music - Professional Music Tuition
in Lancaster and the South Lakes area
Piano - Violin - Keyboard - Theory
All ages and abilities, beginners welcome.
Contact Sarah Edmondson on
01524 581592 / 07949 022789
or check out my website at


Absolute Recordings
A professional, affordable and local digital studio easily
transported to your venue to record your live event.
High quality equipment and experienced engineer for soloists, bands, choirs, ensembles, acoustic groups et al.
or call Neil on 07903 937 577 or

Shireshead Studio
Stony Lane Forton, Nr Lancaster Tel: 01524 792020
A Professional Studio in an old 18th Century Church. Has special reduced rates for student and local bands at weekends.


Astounded PA Systems
Astounded is a Lancaster-based supplier of PA Systems, Pro Audio Equipment, Stage / Band Lighting, Disco Lighting and Entertainment Equipment to customers both locally and throughout the UK. Established in 2010 with years of experience in the Entertainment and Events supply industry and a focus on personal, friendly customer service, we are enthusiastic supporters of the local music scene, having proudly sponsored such events as Lancaster Music Festival, Ritual Noise, Haus Of Sound, and many more.
Our showroom on Lake Enterprise Park has a wealth of products in stock and ready for demonstration, and at the core of our business, our website showcases all that we have to offer, as well as being a mine of helpful advice and information.
Astounded also supply pyrotechnics.

Atticus Accordions
26 King Street, Lancaster, LA1 1JY
Tel: 01524 34641
Mob: 07927 187 779
Atticus Accordions does a lot more than just selling accordions and arranging repairs - we deal in a huge range of musical instruments, from ukuleles and harmonicas to concertinas and guitars, as well as melodeons, violins, gig bags, guitar pedals and a range of other accessories. We also stock exotic fairtrade instruments (many under £10)
and both play and sell CDs by local and independent bands. If you have any questions, want to publicise your band or event, or are simply curious about our stock, please visit or get in touch!

Promenade Music
404 Marine Road East, Morecambe. Tel. 01524 410202
Established in 1989 and has since grown into one of the largest and best stocked music shops in the north of England, selling everything from classical and orchestral instruments right through to rock 'n roll and hi-tech equipment. It features 18 specialist departments, each stocking in-depth the world's top brands of musical instruments and equipment.


Mike Swan, 61 Regent Street, Lancaster, LA1 1SH
Tel: 07939 168102
Email mike[AT]
This is a service to transpose sheet music from one key to another, often needed by groups of musicians and choirs. This is not done by hand but uses scanning technology.
For full details see my website.
Slides to CD: I use professional equipment to scan 35mm slides (transparencies) to turn the image into a TIFF or JPEG file. I also offer transposing of sheet music.


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