A POPULAR music fesival will return to West Cumbria next month to help raise awareness and funds for charity.

Feel The BLUES returns to Cockermouth and Maryport between July, 1 and 3 to raise awareness of how music helps those who are affected by Dementia and funds for Alzheimer's Society.

On July,1 Zoe Glencross from Somethin' Brewin' takes music to Dalton Court care home in Cockermouth so Ann Westcott and residents can join in.

Ann, who has a Rare Type of Alzheimer's called PCA, is the partner of Graeme McGrory from Feel The BLUES.

Ethan Thomas from Checkerboard Lounge does the same on 2nd July before performing at The Huntsman in Cockermouth.

Both artists are guests at Feel The BLUES at Grasslot Club Maryport on July,3 with Carlisle based band Hardwicke Circus.

The Hardwickes, who have supported Bob Dylan and Neil Young in Hyde Park, will be joined in Maryport by 12 guests from 8 Cumbrian bands in a one-off blues gig.

Frontman,Jonny Foster said " The Hardwickes are honoured to be playing this gig to support Ann and Alzheimer's Society. I have seen the positive effect music has on Ann. "

The event will be recorded for a live album at Grasslot Club Maryport from 2.30pm.

The Hardwickes and their guests will perform a selection of Blues classics which they have chosen between them.

As a tribute to Maryport's musical history they will also perform a song by local band Broken English, " Maryport Blues. "

Although the Blues Festival is no more Maryport Live keeps the tradition going each year, as well as Feel The BLUES events.

Feel The BLUES has so far raised over £4000 since starting in 2015 to bring music to Ann whose mobility problems made it difficult for her to travel to gigs.

The event on 3 July is sponsored by AW Promotions and Events, Cottage Pie Ltd , Dearham , HMV Carlisle and Workington.