The Country Diary In Song – A Folk Musical Tribute To An Edwardian Lady

The Country Diary In Song - A Folk Musical Tribute To An Edwardian Lady | Saturday 24th September
2.30pm | Regis Centre Studio 1

South Downs regulars, acapella quintet Broomdasher bring their much much-praised folk musical based on Edith Holden’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, to this year's Festival.

In the show, almost thirty of the most popular traditional folk songs – including Wild Mountain Thyme; Bushes and Briars; The Seeds of Love and If I was a Blackbird – take you on a nostalgic journey through the year in a musical version of the classic book recreating a heart-warming and intimate atmosphere – with encouragement to join in the familiar choruses.

Described as “Wonderful” by Fatea Magazine, "Fantastic Entertainment" by Folking and "A |Stunning Evocation of Rural Life" by The Birmingham Mail, the show has entertained sold-out houses across the country. The accompanying CD has been praised as "Brilliant" by Living Tradition and "Full of Warmth and Atmosphere" by Brum Radio's Mike Davies who chose it as an album of the year. Camden Live said: “I love them! They’re real people having a good time”.

Broomdasher have an outstanding reputation for their harmonies, arrangements and engaging live performances. All their recordings are in the British Library's National Sound Archive collection as “an outstanding example of grass roots folk music today”. They come to South Downs during a break in their 18 month National tour of British Cathedrals with Belshazzar's Feast's Paul Hutchinson and rising star Anna Tam. Called "From Pub to Pulpit" the tour is a flagship event in the official Ralph Vaughan Williams's 150th birthday celebrations.

Broomdasher are: Chrs Hayes, a former member of Skinny Lister, |London Lubbers and The Hogeye Men; Deena Marcus-Jedamzik, who was taught by Leon Rosselsson; Josephine Swinhoe, classically trained by Vaughan Williams protégé John Carol Case; Margaret Moore, an actress and member of the Bloomsbury Woodwind Ensemble and Richard Cryan, a member of Dorten Yonder and formerly a regular on BBC Radio Derby as half of The Moonshine Duo.

Tickets for this event are £10.50, concessions £8.50 and free to our 4-day festival ticket holders. Tickets are available at

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