Ingleton to be final hurrah for Chumbawamba

Chumbawamba
Chumbawamba

Best known for their No.2 hit Tubthumping, or perhaps former lead singer Danbert Nobacon’s episode with John Prescott at the 1998 Brit Awards, Chumbawamba headline Ingleton Folk Weekend next month.

Originating from Burnley, the band hit the international, pop consciousness in 1997 with Tubthumping – I get knocked down, but I get up again, you are never gonna bring me down (hope that’s thoroughly stuck in the head now) – also charting at No.6 in America.

Perhaps less known is the fact that Chumbawamba have been going 30 years, and have released 16 albums with varying line-ups.

However, they are due to split this year following dates in Leeds, Berlin, Oslo and, of course, Ingleton.

They ended their official statement on their website with these words: “We do, of course, reserve the right to re-emerge as Chumbawamba doing something else entirely (certainly not touring and putting out albums every two or three years).

“But frankly, that’s not very likely.

“Thirty years of being snotty, eclectic, funny, contrary and just plain weird.

“What a privilege, and what a good time we’ve had.”

Check out their Wikipedia page, which is concise, detailed and shows just how much this band have got up to since they formed in 1982, how much their music has changed over the years, and how it has gone hand in hand with anarchic shenanigans.

The band gained particular notoriety at the Brit Awards in 1998 when, “provoked by the Labour government’s refusal to support the Liverpool Dockworkers Strike”, they performed Tubthumping...with the lyric changed to include ‘New Labour sold out the dockers, just like they’ll sell out the rest of us’, and vocalist Danbert Nobacon later poured a jug of water over UK Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, who was in the audience.

The band produced a play this year called Big Society, and has previously released albums called Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records, Never Mind The Ballots, The Boybands Have Won and Anarchy.

This is probably why the date, October 6, is already a sell-out, but the festival runs all weekend with plenty more musical delights on offer in pubs and venues across the village.

One such delight is Molly Warburton (pictured right)and the Shady Days, whom I happened upon playing a gig at The Bobbin last Thursday night.

Entering the pub to a rocked-up and note-for-note perfect rendition of Dusty Springfield’s Son of a Preacher Man, I immediately recognised the talent on show here.

Molly, I’m led to believe, is just 16 and attends Queen Elizabeth School in Kirkby Lonsdale.

Her voice certainly betrays her age, as do her guitar playing skills.

The drummer and bassist are also spot on, the sound is tight and the covers are well chosen – Gnarls Barkley, The Jackson Five and Katie Tunstall to name a few.

Wired In promoter and prolific photographer of local musicians Richard Davis, who was also at the gig, commented on how many talented musicians QES can currently lay claim to. And he’s not wrong.

Ingleton Folk Weekend kicks off on Friday, October 5, with the Macaroon Ceilidh Band.

Organiser Chris Bonsall said: “Various pubs, clubs, cafes and even the village square are due to come alive with scores of other folk performers who will be playing throughout the three-day event.

“There are sessions, workshops, morris dancing, a comic song competition and even an open-air Folk Songs of Praise – and, with the exception of the headline concert and ceilidh, everything is free, you simply just come and go as you please.”

Official programmes and tickets for the Festival Ceilidh are available from the Ingleton Community Centre.

Full details can be found on www.ingletonfolk.co.uk.

Nick Lakin