A British Folk Festival feat. The Lost Words

Today (Sat 13 July) on Radio Riel we present a diverse col­lec­tion of British folk music, from the 60s to the past decade. And we’re high­light­ing a beau­ti­ful new album: The Lost Words: Spell Songs.

Eight vision­ary musi­cians, an aston­ish­ing book of mag­i­cal spells — a chance to sing nature back to life.
Karine Pol­wart, Julie Fowlis, Seck­ou Kei­ta, Kris Drev­er, Ker­ry Andrew, Rachel New­ton, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneux

Once upon a time, words began to van­ish from the lan­guage of chil­dren. They dis­ap­peared so qui­et­ly that at first almost no one noticed – fad­ing away like water on a stone. The words were those that chil­dren used to name the nat­ur­al world around them: acorn, adder, blue­bell, bram­ble, conker – gone! Fern, heather, king­fish­er, otter, raven, wil­low, wren…all of them gone! The words were becom­ing lost: no longer vivid in children’s voic­es, no longer alive in their sto­ries.”

This is the intrigu­ing intro­duc­tion to The Lost Words: A Spell Book by writer Robert Mac­far­lane and artist Jack­ie Mor­ris. The book holds “spells of many kinds that might just, by the old strong mag­ic of being spo­ken aloud, unfold dreams and songs, and sum­mon lost words back into the mouth and the mind’s eye”.

The Lost Words: Spell Songs is a new musi­cal com­pan­ion piece to The Lost Words book where musi­cians unfold the “dreams and songs” liv­ing with­in the pages of the book.

The Lost Words: Spell Songs brings togeth­er eight remark­able musi­cians, whose music already engages deeply with land­scape and nature, to respond to the crea­tures, art and lan­guage of The Lost Words. Spell Songsallowed these acclaimed and diverse musi­cians to weave togeth­er ele­ments of British folk music, Sene­galese folk tra­di­tions, exper­i­men­tal and clas­si­cal music, and cre­ate an inspir­ing new body of work.

We’ll be play­ing approx­i­mate­ly one track per hour.


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