folk music

"Rummaging" Undergrowth Collective Compilation

Next Wednesday 19th September I’ll be playing a few songs at the Undergrowth Compilation Launch. The Undergrowth compilation features all the artists on The Undergrowth Collective: Andy Skellam, Snails, Shorely Wood, The Woodlice, Red Deer Sleeping, Jet Mc Donald and The Haar.

This beautiful poster and the artwork on the album is by the wonderful Lynsdie Barnard!

We look forward to seeing you there!

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At The Pictures with Three Cane Whale

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The Old Barn at Kelston Roundhill

We are thrilled to be supporting Three Cane Whale, as part of their nationwide tour, "At The Pictures" this spring at The Old Barn, Kelston Roundhill. 

Three Cane Whale

Three Cane Whale

"Bristol chamber-folk trio Three Cane Whale returns to The Old Barn with twelve short films to accompany twelve tunes on Friday 11th May. Shot by thirteen film makers and visual artists with connections to the Southwest (including John Minton, Kathy Hinde and Adam Laity), each selected a slice of 3CW as inspiration. They were shown at a live band performance at St George's Bristol last year; this is the first date of a 2018 nationwide tour of Three Cane Whale At The Pictures.

The band, "exquisite, elegant, atmospheric and charmingly quirky" as The Guardian observed, will bring their usual petting zoo of instruments including the standard trumpet, mandolin and acoustic guitar and the less familiar bowed psaltery, lyre-harp and dulcitone. Three Cane Whale are: Alex Vann (Spiro, Rock of Eye), Paul Bradley (Organelles, Athea) and Pete Judge (Get The Blessing, Dakhla Brass).

The evening begins with a performance by Red Deer Sleeping: Mog Fry, singer/songwriter with Simon West on ukulele.

The Old Barn, repurposed from its threshing past, is 300 metres below the summit of Kelston Rounhill and is accessed by a farm track off the A431.

There's parking on site, a cash bar and food available. Doors open at 6.30 pm. 
Buy tickets before midnight on the 6th April and pay £11 all in (£15 from 12.01 a.m. on the Saturday)"

Open Hearts & Joyous Leaves

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Thank you to all the elders who shelter and nurture new growth. And again to the wonderful Amy Lowell for her inspirational poetry.

Enjoy this short film (2mins) of beech trees and golden leaves. 

Beech Tree

 

You are like the stem

Of a young beech-tree,

Straight and swaying,

Breaking out in golden leaves.

Your walk is like the blowing of a beech-tree

On a hill.

Your voice is like leaves

Softly struck upon by a South wind.

Your shadow is no shadow, but a scattered sunshine;

And at night you pull the sky down to you

And hood yourself in stars.

 

From the poem ‘Generations’ by Amy Lowell. First published 1919 in Pictures of the Floating World.


"Amy Lawrence Lowell (1874 – 1925) was an American poet of the imagist school from Brookline, Massachusetts.” Wikipedia