Lakeland's Fantastic Funny Famous Folk Band
No longer exists as those who were
at the final concert on 5th May will recall
It was early 1993 that three parents of pupils at the Lakes school formed a sort of folk song group to raise money for the school PTA. It is therefore fitting that the final concert of the band that evolved from that group should be held in the main hall of the Lakes school 25 years later. The initial three were Ian, an Ambleside doctor and Chrissie and Hanna, two local schoolteachers and the group were known as 'Doctor Birket and the Menopause'. Only a few months later Dave joined the group after blowing a penny whistle at a party in Windermere that they were at. A year or so later, after they had performed on Radio Cumbria, Mo joined the group that had renamed themselves to Panikatak. Then it came to pass that a Holy man from America came to join the management team at Rydal Hall. His wife Heidi, a fantastic fiddle player began an Irish style session, in the Badger bar at Rydal and she then joined the Panik band, completing a great musical line up. There are some who say that it was her ambition to become totally immersed in the Irish tradition that prompted her husband to take up a post in County Cork some years later. The 'fiddle gap' thus created was then admirably filled by Brian which is the current line up for the final concert as outlined on our 'About' page. We would not go anywhere however without the outstanding work of the only 'sound man' in the area Martin who does an admirable job in translating the shambles on stage to understandable gibberish for the audience. And of course we would have no idea where to go if it wasn't for June our CEO.
It was only a year or so after Panikatak was born that we realised that we would never make ourselves 'Banker's style rich' so it was decided to just cover expenses and any profits would go to 'good causes'. Over the 25 years or so we have raised of the order of £75,000 for local charities, village halls, community projects, etc.
Click on the link below to hear the "Poo bag lament" which never made it onto one of our cd's
Don't forget of course we also have a facebook page that June our CEO nurtures
This website will slowly be closed down - bit by bit over the next few months until nothing will remain