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.
We'll have an exciting raffle/auction at the 2018 festival - for a 'signature model' ukulele. This model is currently unavailable to purchase, but would normally sell for £249!
A word from David Cox at GB Music Ltd, Bognor Regis:
"The Joe Brown soprano Laka ukulele has been designed in conjunction with the legend himself - well known throughout the industry as a ukulele aficionado - so creating an instrument that lives up to his exacting standards is no mean feat".
However Joe was delighted with the result.
"This uke is a fine instrument, with perfect intonation" says Joe, "and I’m happy to lend my name to it".
The Joe Brown has an all-solid acacia top, back and sides with maple binding and super-stable Grover machine heads for precise tuning.
The ukulele comes complete with an attractive hard-shell brown leather-effect case, with plush interior.