Soundpost present: The Wanton Seed Singing Weekend
Be inspired by the collective musical talents of Bryony Griffith, Jackie Oates, Paul Sartin, The Askew Sisters, Jack Rutter, Nick Dow, Steve Gardham and Bob Askew.
Soundpost is proud to present the Wanton Seed Singing weekend which will celebrate the songs brought together by the reissue of the classic folk song books Marrowbones and The Wanton Seed and the brand new omnibus edition, Southern Harvest which includes both The Foggy Dew and The Constant Lovers. The original, influential series of the 60s and 70s was edited by the late Frank Purslow who selected songs from the early manuscript collections of The Hammond Brothers in Dorset and Dr George Gardiner in Hampshire. These collections are among the most important nineteenth century collections of English folk song. (more info about the books below!)
With lots of opportunities for harmony singing and exploring these songs, this is a chance to enjoy singing your heart out in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside and delving into a superb wealth of lyrics and melodies.
Gain insights into how to bring songs to life from the page, thinking about the themes and connections, develop your instrumental accompaniments and much more. There will be a wide choice of practical workshops, singing sessions, talks, performances and one to ones led by the artists in what promises to be a memorable weekend. Get the dates in your diary, and join our the mailing list to be the first to find out more.
- £95 Weekend Ticket: Full Price (includes concert)
- £75 Weekend Ticket: Students and Unwaged (includes concert)
- £12 Saturday night concert ticket only
A bit of background to the republications:
The whole idea to publish the new editions was by EFDSS and Malcolm Douglas was asked to do the editing. Once he saw the size of the task he asked Steve Gardham to join him to work together on it. This was before any of the manuscripts were available on the internet. They both spent two weeks together at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Cecil Sharp House in London working on the manuscripts and the result was the new edition of Marrow Bones in 2007.
The next volume up was The Wanton Seed and Steve decided to drop out to work on other projects like the Yorkshire Garland website, so Malcolm made a start on his own. Then tragedy struck as Malcolm was diagnosed with cancer and sadly passed away in 2009. Out of respect for Malcolm, Steve decided to take over the editing. Having completed the volume, EFDSS passed the print-ready volume through various editors’ hands, resulting in it sitting on the shelf for several years until the South Riding Folk Network, under the leadership of Ron and Jenny Day, decided to see the volume through the publishing process in memory of Malcolm. A subscription was raised and Clive Boutle of Francis Boutle Publishers published the book in 2015.
Both books had been successful so the editing team now established decided to put the other two smaller volumes, The Constant Lovers and The Foggy Dew, together as an omnibus edition titled ‘Southern Harvest’. This final volume contains biographies of some of the more prolific singers from whom the songs were first collected over 100 years ago and concludes a decade of work to revise and update the collections.
The Singing weekend is an opportunity to promote and celebrate the whole series and keep the songs alive!
With special thanks to everyone on the team:
Ron and Jenny Day at South Riding Folk Network, Steve Gardham, Graham Pratt, Nick Dow, Bob Askew, Tim Radford, Steve Jordan, Clive Boutle