Organised as part of the Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival 2018
June 22 Friday
Hosted by Nigel Shaw and Carolyn Hillyer at Lower Merripit Farm, Postbridge
7pm – 11pm (farm open from 6.30 to midnight)
SONGS OF PEAT AND GRANITE
Nigel Shaw and Carolyn Hillyer
These two internationally renowned musicians have lived and worked in the heart of Dartmoor for 25 years, drawing their inspiration from the ancient landscape and untamed nature that surrounds them. In this concert they offer their unique interpretation of the ancient music of Dartmoor, using prehistoric and traditional instruments such as bone whistles, wooden flutes carved from indigenous trees, drums made on Dartmoor from red deer, wild horse, reindeer and salmon skins, as well as nature rattles and more contemporary instruments. They have created over 30 albums of music between them and will perform an inspiring blend of new, recent and classic work. Nigel is also performing with the Dartmoor Resonance Festival Orchestra on June 16 and they are both co-ordinating the Songways of Dartmoor pack pony and wayfaring musicians walk on June 17; these events are part of the Dartmoor Resonance Music Festival programme.
Early and Medieval Music: musicians led by Katy Marchant and Steve Tyler
This much-loved band of exquisitely talented musicians (also familiar as Daughters of Elvin) will add to the Mead Hall atmosphere of the evening with a set of richly textured instrumental pieces from medieval, early English and gothic-era European folk music, including tunes for lively dancing. They perform on a wide array of exotic traditional instruments including hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, shawm, cittern, recorder and historic oboe, creating an exciting mix of medieval music and original compositions.
A second set from the Lower Merripit Farm hosts as, along with other Dartmoor musicians, they stir the evening up into an energetic swirl of dancing feet! They will play music from the album Bones which features songs created in the Bronze Age Proto-Celtic language that move from shadowy ritual chants to wild tribal rhythms, all celebrating the power, beauty and wonder of the natural landscape and forming a bridge between our ancient and contemporary indigenous music.
The evening will open with songs and chants offered by the collective of women (from Dartmoor and the surrounding region) who will travel and sing with the Songways of Dartmoor journey across the north moor on June 17. The collective has included over 50 women, many of whom have been singing together for a year.
The Neolithic-style roundhouse constructed by Nigel and Carolyn on their farm will be open throughout the evening with fire burning and ancient tales being offered by the hearth. A wonderful chance to experience the scent, sound and feeling of being inside the home of our ancestors.
We are creating a Dartmoor version of an ancient mead hall beneath a beautiful canopy hung between the trees. There you will find delicious pie suppers, offerings from the cakesmiths, steaming teas and local ales, plus mead of course, all of which you can enjoy while listening to the music and watching the stars.
Tickets available to purchase now; they will be posted out at the end of February.
Tickets £16 / £12 concession (please email us to request) / £5 children
Tickets may be purchased below or ordered by phone 01822 880301. The maximum number of tickets available for the event is 200.
Some parking is available at the farm (priority to disabled, elderly and parents of young children) or at Postbridge Village Hall (7 minutes walk, shuttle transport available). The event is seated in a marquee with plenty of undercover spaces. Access to the roundhouse is through a meadow and wood; possible with an all-terrain wheelchair. Disabled toilet facility available on request. Accommodation is available locally if you are visiting from outside the area: Runnage Farm Camping currently have spaces, we also recommend Brimpts Farm camping, Bellever YHA for groups and family rooms plus a range of local B&B options.