Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 17 July 2022

Songlines best album for instagram.jpg

We are incredibly proud to have commissioned The Lost Words: Spell Songs.

A musical companion piece to The Lost Words - A Spell Book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris, with Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Seckou Keita, Kris Drever, Kerry Andrew, Rachel Newton, Beth Porter, Jim Molyneux.

Singing nature back to life through the power of music, poetry, art and magic.

We gathered these remarkable musicians together for a residency in Herefordshire in early 2019, where they created new works which were immediately recorded to create an album for general release in late summer.

The album CD is presented a beautiful mixed media format featuring exclusive new Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris with accompanying new artwork.

Following a sell-out February 2019 tour with standing ovations at every venue, Spell Songs enjoyed a headline performance in May at the inspirational Hay International Literary Festival in Wales before taking to our Main Stage in July.

Spell Songs has flourished beyond all our hopes are we delighted to announce that we have now commissioned Spell Songs Volume II for 2021, and are over the moon to be performing a fundraising concert for the Urban Nature Project at London's Natural History Museum in February 2021. Go to thelostwords.org for full details!

Click here to order the CD or Limited First Edition Double Box Set Vinyl, which also includes the CD and liner notes

Follow Spell Songs on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to be the first to hear when new tour dates are announced, and click the link below for tour dates.

 

… one of the most sublime evenings you will ever enjoy. The magic of these superstars onstage - 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, Festival Director, Hay International Literary Festival -

Those already familiar with The Lost Words - A Spell Book by author Robert Macfarlane and artist Jackie Morris, will know it as a work full of wildness, beauty and power. It is a place where poems become spells or incantations, and where art makes magic. This bestselling and award-winning book has become, as the Guardian puts it, ‘a cultural phenomenon’, finding its way into the lives and dreams of hundreds of thousands of people around the world, inspiring hope, wonder and change. It is a remarkable book with enchantment and activism at its heart.

The Lost Words - Spell Songs grows and flourishes out of the original book. Within the book there are flowing and percussive rhythms conveyed through art and word, silent bird song and liquid colour that appear rich with melody and, along with the compelling, quieter contemplations of nature’s absences, this book quietly anticipates a musical response.

Spell Songs brings together eight remarkable musicians, whose music already engages deeply with landscape and nature, to respond to the creatures, art and language of The Lost Words - A Spell Book. Spell Songs allows these acclaimed and diverse musicians to weave together elements of British folk music, Senegalese folk traditions, experimental and classical music, and create an inspiring new body of work.