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Spell Songs is a musical companion piece to The Lost Words: A Spell Book by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris. This mixed media CD is accompanied by sumptuous illustrations from Jackie Morris, new 'spells' by Robert Macfarlane, enlightening thoughts by Robert, Jackie and Spell Singer Karine Polwart and stunning photography by Elly Lucas. In 2018 Folk by the Oak Festival commissioned Spell Songs because of their love of The Lost Words book. Spell Songs comprises eight remarkable musicians whose music engages deeply with landscape and nature; musicians who are perfectly placed to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words. They spent a week in Herefordshire bringing this music together in the company of Jackie Morris. Art inspired music and music inspired art. Jackie Morris immersed herself in the musical residency where she generously created new iconesque artwork of each musician and their instruments portrayed in an unexpected and enchanting way. These stunning new artworks accompany the CD. 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. Here are 14 songs which capture the essence of The Lost Words book. 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, art and ethos of The Lost Words 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 its language and an appreciation for wildness and beauty. In February 2019 Spell Songs enjoyed standing ovations at sell-out performances in major venues across the UK culminating at The Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre, London. Spell Songs was a highlight of The Hay International Literary Festival 2019 and in August 2019 they were invited to perform at the BBC's Lost Words Prom in the Royal Albert Hall. They will continue to tour each year. "There are songs here that would live with me for the rest of my years, even if I'd had no part in their making". Robert Macfarlane
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Product details

  • Mixed media product | 112 pages
  • 175 x 245 x 21mm | 575g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 14 new colour paintings by Jackie Morris, plus a mixture of new b&w and colour photographs
  • 1527239616
  • 9781527239616
  • 13,828

Table of contents

1 Creating Spell Songs
2 Introduction, Robert Macfarlane
3 Introduction, Jackie Morris
4 Introduction, Kerry Andrew
5 Introduction, Kris Drever
6 Introduction, Julie Fowlis
7 Introduction, Seckou Keita
8 Introduction, Jim Molyneux
9 Introduction, Rachel Newton
10 Introduction, Karine Polwart
11 Introduction, Beth Porter
12 Heartwood
13 Selkie-boy
14 Kingfisher
15 Heron
16 Little Astronaut
17 Acorn
18 Ghost Owl
19 The Snow Hare
20 Conker (Magic Casket)
21 Papa Keba
22 Charm on, Goldfinch
23 Willow
24 catterseed
25 he Lost Words Blessing
26 In Conversation Jackie Morris and David Weir
27 Barn Owl
28 Egret
29 Goldfinch
30 Peregrine
31 Snow Hare
32 Grey Seal
33 Karine Polwart essay, The Space Between Us
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"Spell Songs is a work of vision and brilliance..." - fRoots *****;"complex and beautiful and an absolute joy from start to finish"- RnR *****; "exquisite musical reimaginings and settings ... an outstanding production and keepsake" - Songlines ****; "beguiling"- The Sunday Times****; "there's magic in these songs"- Songlines ****; "a delightful homage to nature" - The Times****;'A brave and magical creation' - The Observer;"There are songs here that would live with me for the rest of my years, even if I'd had no part in their making." Robert Macfarlane;"...the art, the music, the sheer, ravishing beauty of the language.. one of the greatest concerts we've ever had at Hay. Long, rapturous standing ovation. People weeping for joy" Peter Florence, Director Hay International Literary Festival;Spell Songs is a musical companion piece to The Lost Words: A Spell Book by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris. This CD is accompanied by sumptuous illustrations from Jackie Morris, new 'spells' by Robert Macfarlane, enlightening thoughts by Robert, Jackie and Spell Singer Karine Polwart as well as stunning photography by Elly Lucas. In 2018 Folk by the Oak Festival commissioned Spell Songs because of their love of the The Lost Words.
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About Robert Macfarlane

Robert Macfarlane is the author of prize-winning and bestselling books about landscape, nature, people and place, including Mountains of the Mind: A History of a Fascination (2003), The Wild Places (2007), The Old Ways (2012), Holloway (2013, with Stanley Donwood and Dan Richards), Landmarks (2015), The Lost Words: A Spell Book (with the artist Jackie Morris, 2017) and Underland: A Deep Time Journey (2019). Jackie Morris is a British writer and illustrator living in Wales. She won the prestigious 2019 Cilip Kate Greenaway Medal and The Shadower's Choice Awards. Her illustration of The Lost Words was recognised by UK booksellers who voted it the most beautiful book in 2017. She is a recipient of the Tir na n-Og Award. Her books include The Lost Words: A Spell Book (w. Robert Macfarlane, 2017), The White Fox (2016), The Seal Children (2016), The Snow Leopard (2017), Queen of the Sky (2015). Kerry Andrew is an astonishingly perceptive musician, whose Wren Song composition inspired us to pursue the idea of a musical companion piece to The Lost Words. Her love of nature and folklore combined with her innate musicality are key reasons why we are delighted that she accepted our invitation to join Spell Songs. Kris Drever is one of Scotland's finest and most prolific songwriters. He is a fiercely talented guitarist; rated among folk's best, and a singer whose voice is rich with both clarity and resonance. A key collaborator within the multi-award-winning trio Lau and a sought-after solo artist, Kris' presence in Spell Songs is highly valued and gladly welcomed. Julie Fowlis often sings in Scottish Gaelic and is deeply influenced by her early upbringing in the Outer Hebridean island of North Uist. Her crystalline and intoxicating voice fills this project with genuine beauty and her Gaelic heritage brings another layer of language and experience into the Spell Songs ensemble. Seckou Keita's solo work reveals his exceptional skill on the kora and his collaborations leap over cultural barriers, discovering unforeseen affinities. He is counted among the most influential contemporary kora players. He himself is a source of great inspiration with generations of musical history informing his playing and we are overjoyed that he is a member of Spell Songs. It is not only Jim Molyneux's prodigious talent in so many instruments and his experience as a producer that made him so important for the Spell Songs collaboration; we were also impressed with his mastery of many musical genres from classical and folk to jazz and hip hop. Rachel Newton was a member of one of our previous folk music collaborations - The Elizabethan Session, and we were thrilled when she accepted our invitation to join Spell Songs. An exceptional harpist, singer and composer, her generous creativity reverberates through her collaborations and her sensitivity to word and music shines through her solo work. Robert Macfarlane picked out Karine Polwart's script for her award-winning show Wind Resistance for The Guardian's BEST BOOKS of 2017. The appreciation of each other's work is mutual and, naturally, we were eager for her to be a part of Spell Songs and overjoyed when she accepted our invitation. To add depth and range to the ensemble we invited Beth Porter, a superb cellist and singer. We were drawn to her work on numerous collaborations from a variety of different musical genres as well as her involvement in The Bookshop Band where she expertly turns literature into song. A sensational cellist with a timeless voice.
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