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The Lost Words: Spell Songs

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In 2018 Folk by the Oak Festival commissioned Spell Songs, 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.
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 February 2019 Spell Songs enjoyed standing ovations at sell-out performances at major venues around the UK, including London’s Southbank Centre, and more recently on the main stage of Hay Literary Festival on 29 May, with the Festival Director citing it as “… one of the greatest concerts we've ever had at Hay.”
Spell Songs has also been invited to participate in The Lost Words Prom at the Royal Albert Hall on 25 Aug, part of the BBC’s 2019 prom season. There will also be an appearance at Folk by Oak Festival, Hatfield House, Herts, 14 July 2019, coinciding with the general release of the Spell Songs album.

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