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The Lost Words - Spell Songs- Concert Performance Birmingham Town Hall

Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square, BIRMINGHAM, West Midlands, B3 3DQ
Photo Elly Lucas


2019 saw The Lost Words: Spell Songs, a musical companion piece to The Lost Words: A Spell Book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris (Birmingham born) enjoy standing ovations at sell-out performances in major venues across the UK including the iconic Birmingham Town Hall. Spell Songs was a highlight of The Hay International Literary Festival in May, and in August they were invited to perform at the BBC's Lost Words Prom in the Royal Albert Hall.
Recognising great musical potential , Folk by the Oak eagerly commissioned Spell Songs. They invited eight remarkable musicians whose music engages deeply with landscape and nature, to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words. Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Kris Drever and Rachel Newton join Seckou Keita, Kerry Andrew, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneux to sing nature back to life through the power of music, poetry, art and magic. Spell Songs is a performance rich in spoken voice, whispers, accents, dialects, native languages, proverbs, sayings, birdsong, river chatter and insect hum, alongside beguiling music, poetry and visual beauty.
With her visionary artistic skill, Jackie will also be painting live at each venue, conjuring creatures using inks and poetry.
Pre-Show Author Talk and Special Performance
Before the show, author/illustrator Jackie Morris and Spell Singer Karine Polwart will shine a light on all things Lost Words. They will also introduce a very talented group of local young people who have created a special new spell song commissioned by Folk by the Oak as part of their Spell Songs Outreach Programme. They will collaborate and perform alongside their mentors:
Casey Bailey (Birmingham based poet, rapper and educator)
Adriano Adewale (world percussionist/sound artist and member of the AKA Trio)
Amy Thatcher (contemporary accordionist and member of The Shee and Kathryn Tickell's band)
Photo Credit Elly Lucas

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Adult£28.00 per ticket type

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