Location: Huntingdon Hall
Date: Friday 7th July
Caroline Butler (voice & fiddle), Phil Humphries (voice, serpent & trombone), Dave Townsend (voice, concertina & fiddle)
The Thomas Hardy Song Book brings together a selection of the songs and tunes Hardy knew as a boy, and which permeate the world of his poems and novels. He absorbed the musical culture of his childhood home, and in later life noted down the songs of his family and neighbours, included them in his poems and novels, and played them on the violin from his family’s manuscript books. There are songs of love, seafaring, revelry and the supernatural, alongside carols, part-songs and dance music, accompanied by concertina, fiddle, serpent and trombone, introduced by Hardy’s own words and the Dorset dialect poems of his friend and mentor William Barnes.
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