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.