FUNDING has been secured for another series of free live music events to run under The Hub on Whitehaven Harbour. 

Following a successful debut programme in 2023, the concerts returned to the harbourside in April. 

The Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners has partnered with West Cumbria’s Oh My Days Promotions to present The Harbour Sessions.

These will showcase local singer-songwriters and provide free entertainment for visitors to the harbour.

Deanne Shallcross, CEO of Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners, said: "The live music sessions and our new car boot sales are part of a wider events programme aimed at encouraging more people to visit the harbour, to see it used differently, to increase dwell times, and for us to give back to local residents and businesses, with the latter in turn benefiting from increased footfall not just around the harbour but hopefully the town itself.

"We believe everyone should have access to varied cultural opportunities no matter where they live.

"We hope our series of free activities will help raise spirits and promote creative engagement among diverse communities as well as across the generations."

News and Star: Holly Brooke performs at Harbour Sessions Holly Brooke performs at Harbour Sessions (Image: Oh My Days Promotions)

Garry Dawson said: "I really enjoyed the performances, you really brightened my day."

Last year featured the likes of Emma Dockeray, Holly Brooke, Gumshoe and The Native Cult, with the line-up curated by Tom Salmon, from Oh My Days Promotions (OMDP), who provide zero-carbon PA systems and camera equipment for small to medium events.

This year’s series is supported by a grant from the Robin Rigg Community Fund and will occupy a regular slot from 12pm to 2pm on the third Sunday of each month. 

Mr Salmon said: “When I enjoy a gig, I just want to tell everyone I know, and that’s what I want to keep creating with Harbour Sessions.

"I want to keep showcasing the musical talent that Cumbria has to offer and allow people to discover their new favourite musician."

Deanne continued: "Part of the funding will also contribute to this year’s Harbour Fest, which we organise in partnership with Rosehill Arts Trust and will this year take place on August 31."

Natalie Burns added: "The Harbour Sessions were lovely. We had a little picnic on the harbour and listened to the performers."