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Songs of a Changing Landscape: Co-curated by Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

A day-long festival of inspiring events exploring the role folk music can play in highlighting environmental issues. Co-curated by Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, the day will bring together performances, discussion, and participatory singing. Edgelarks, Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters), and Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith will premiere a specially commissioned show ‘Songs of a Changing Landscape’ that will unearth the voices within traditional folksongs who have experienced previous changes in our natural landscape and draw out the parallels with today’s environmental struggles.

Award-winning Scottish folk singer, theatre maker and writer, Karine Polwart, will headline the evening with a show that speaks to the urgency of environmental crisis and the contested use of land via song, spoken word, story and myth in an intimate solo performance. She will also lead an environment-themed singing workshop, giving all a chance to participate.

Daytime events also include a talk with environmentalist George Monbiot and folksinger and activist Peggy Seeger about the role music and art can play in tackling the climate crisis and how folksong has been used to help the social movements of the past. The discussion will be interspersed with some of Peggy’s celebrated songs.

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Karine Polwart – Community Singing Workshop

Learning / Nature Unwrapped

Renowned singer-songwriter Karine Polwart leads an environmental song-themed community workshop, suitable for all ages and abilities!

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Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith with Edgelarks and Hazel Askew

Folk / Nature Unwrapped

Can the traditional music of Britain help us to make sense of the current environmental crisis? In this brand-new collaboration, five of British folk’s leading voices reflect on this question and present an inspiring show.

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George Monbiot and Peggy Seeger in Conversation

Folk / Nature Unwrapped

What role can music and art play in tackling the climate crisis? How has folksong been used to help the social movements of the past? Peggy Seeger (folksinger/activist) and George Monbiot (environmentalist/journalist) debate these questions.

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Karine Polwart

Folk / Nature Unwrapped

Award-winning Scottish folk singer, theatre maker and writer, Karine Polwart, speaks to the urgency of environmental crisis and the contested use of land via song, spoken word, story and myth in an intimate solo performance. 

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