We’ll look at archive diving, setting traditional song for harmony and adding new works to the canon. There will also be a chance for you to join in song and learn some of the group’s arrangements.
Green Ribbons is a project dedicated to the celebration of unaccompanied song.
In 2021/2022, the core collective of Debbie Armour (Burd Ellen), Alasdair Roberts and Benjamin ‘Jinnwoo’ Webb (Jinnwoo, Bird in the Belly) will be joined by new members Fran Foote (Stick In The Wheel) and Jack Sharp (Wolf People) in a shifting collective of singers.
The original line-up also featured iconic singer Frankie Armstrong, who featured on their debut release: an intimate collection of traditional and newly composed songs that received widespread critical acclaim.
Ben Webb brought the project together in 2018. He says:
‘Very broadly speaking, unaccompanied singing seems to have gone out of fashion in more recent years – but it’s always something I have enjoyed performing and listening to when I’ve had the chance. I wanted to get a group together whose voices I feel really lend themselves to storytelling, and focus purely on the voice and the stories. We wanted to make something very rough around the edges and unpolished, a kind of documented swapping of songs…’
‘Restoring the voice to its rightful place at the epicentre of folk storytelling’ The Living Tradition