We are delighted that the opening night of the event, on Thursday 19 September, will see the very first staging in the area of the hugely acclaimed `Ballard of Johnny Longstaff` presented by three time BBC Folk
Award winners, THE YOUNG ‘UNS.
Festival Chairman, Roger Nash said: “We are really delighted that THE YOUNG ‘UNS have chosen us and the Alexandra Theatre to stage their new and unique piece of modern folk theatre on our opening night. The production has already played in many parts of the UK to fantastic feedback.
It tells the true story of one man`s adventure, from begging on the streets in the North of England to fighting fascism in the Spanish Civil War, taking in the 1930`s Hunger Marches and East End of London Battle of Cable Street. It`s a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure following the footsteps of one working class hero who witnessed some of the momentous events of that era. With their trademark harmony, honesty and humour, THE YOUNG ‘UNS bring together 16 specially composed songs, spoken word, striking imagery and the real recorded voice of Johnny himself, to tell a remarkable human story oozing with modern relevance.”
The Guardian review said: “The harmonies are glorious, the wit is waspish. The songs are powerful, the banter is relentless and the audience is happy. What`s not to like?”.
An exciting new website launches today celebrating the rich and varied music of the South Downs.
The new site, South Downs Music, brings together a range of songs, tunes and other resources that highlight the fantastic tapestry of musical heritage that comes from the country’s newest National Park – the South Downs National Park.
The ‘South Downs Music’ website is accessible for everyone, but will be especially useful to schools, choirs, community groups and other organisations who want to learn and perform musical material from the website.
Broomdasher will launch their debut CD ‘Nothing To Do With Me’ at this years event – on Saturday 22nd September.
The six-voice acapella group’s EP includes a track arranged for them by Barry Coope of Coope Boyes and Simpson and a song gifted to them by John Tams.
They will sing all six tracks as part of their major set in the Regis Studio on Saturday at 5.15pm, following their earlier performances at The Regent School of Music and as part of The Big Sing at the High Street Marquee.
‘Nothing To Do With Me’ was produced and mixed by Andy Seward – well known for his work with Coope Boyes and Simpson and Kate Rusby. It was recorded in Lincolnshire at Chapel Studios, whose specialist range of classic vintage equipment highlights harmony singing, and is used by many folk artistes.
Say the Dashers ~ “We love performing at the South Downs FolkFestival and are really pleased to launch our CD among friends. We’re bringing an exclusive early batch of CDs with us”.
They’ll sing some songs from the record at their three other performances during the day – including one as part of The Big Sing at the High Street Marquee at 4.00pm.
The full track listing is:
Broomdasher; If I Was A Blackbird; How High The Price/All Clouds The Sky; The Keeper; Rufford Park Poachers and Sam Hall – plus a special contribution from Levi Smith courtesy of Topic Records.