Water's Edge mark 10th anniversary with Carlisle headline show

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LEADING Lake District live band Water's Edge have a headline show in Carlisle next week.

The winners of this year's Cumbria Live Battle of the Bands will play at The Source Collective on Friday October 13.

They will be joined by a band that appeared alongside them in this spring's competition, Delta Sunrise.

Water's Edge have been one of the best-established names on the local scene for a decade now. Formed as a three piece by singer and acoustic guitarist Lee Hawker and drummer Richard Burford, Water’s Edge have now expanded to include Ben Marcano on bass, Stuart Sidney on lead guitar, Shelagh Hughes on keyboards and violin and Andy Hughes on sax and acoustic guitar.

They have released six studio records to date, showcasing an eclectic sound that traverses rock, pop, soul, funk, and folk-led ballads.

Frontman Lee says: "It's our 10 year anniversary of Water's Edge's first gig this month, so we're very excited about playing at The Source.

"We are currently working on our seventh studio album, which will hopefully be ready in late spring 2018. We are enjoying road-testing the new material at the moment."

Reflecting on the impressive achievements that his band have racked up over the years, Lee adds: "In 2006, I wanted to start a band that would showcase my songs, that's when a three-piece Water's Edge was born.

"I always feel very lucky to have such wonderful musicians and close friends in the band.

"There have been many highlights so far: co-writing with drummer Richard Burford on material, learning so much about the recording process, playing great venues in and around Cumbria, recording with fantastic local artists such as Anne Marine Quinn and Lauryn Graves, being part of some of the biggest festivals in the area, and supporting big bands that we admire.

"The biggest achievement, personally, was when we played the main stage at Theatre by the Lake, in Keswick - I remember playing a song about my wife and looking around to see a sea of musicians and a choir performing to a packed theatre. A very emotional moment.

"Hopefully Water's Edge will continue to gig and record for many years to come. I know we have plans to sell our music online soon so a lot of our back catalogue will be available on major music selling sites.

"Many of the band members perform, write and record solo material, so watch this space.

"A huge thank you to anyone who has supported us in the last 10 years by buying our music and coming to see our shows."

Support band Delta Sunrise are newcomers by comparison, now in their second year. As the name suggests, they specialise in Delta blues, incorporating banjo, guitar, tin flute and fiddle into the mix.

The show at The Source on Friday 13 starts at 7.30pm, and tickets are available on the door.

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