We are very pleased to be working with The Lost Words, Spell Songs, for their Cardiff show, on Sunday April 19th 2020. Tickets will go on sale on Friday 6th September.
Spell Songs is a musical companion piece to The Lost Words by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris; a celebrated ‘spell book’ rich with poetic rhythms and imagined birdsong that naturally invited a musical response.
Spell Songs gathered together eight remarkable musicians whose music engages deeply with landscape and nature, to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words.
Spell Songs allowed these acclaimed and diverse musicians to weave together elements of British folk music, Senegalese folk traditions, and experimental and classical music to create an inspiring new body of work. In 2019 Spell Songs has enjoyed standing ovations at sell-out performances at major venues around the UK, including London’s Southbank Centre the main stage of Hay Literary Festival:
“… one of the most sublime evenings you will ever enjoy. The magic of these superstars onstage – the art, the music, the sheer, ravishing beauty of the language… one of the greatest concerts we’ve ever had at Hay.”
Peter Florence, Festival Director, Hay International Literary Festival
The Spell Songs performance captures the essence of The Lost Words. Spoken voice, whispers, accents, dialects, native languages, proverbs, sayings, birdsong, river chatter and insect hum all increase the intimacy of the musical world conjured by the songs. Inspired by the words and art of the original book, each musician brings new imaginings, embellishments and diversions which are rooted in personal experience, a deep respect for the natural world, protest at the loss of nature and language or appreciation for wildness and beauty.
The 8 incredible artists who created Spell Songs will be joined on stage by the acclaimed and award-winning artist Jackie Morris, one of the authors of the original Lost Words book, will be painting live on stage during the performance, conjuring magic with ink and brush!