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Benji Kirkpatrick and Nature

  • June 10, 2016

Benji KirkpatrickBenji Kirkpatrick is set to play a free event next weekend as part of Midsummer Music, a mini-series of free music gigs responding to themes in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The event will feature special guests Kate Young and Lisa Knapp and take place at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Gardens on Saturday 18 June, 5.30 – 7pm.

Commenting on the upcoming event, Benji said:

Nature is hugely important to me and has been all my life, being brought up in the countryside I’ve always found great solace in natural surroundings; it’s a place of escape, inspiration, calm and sensation. It is our one provider and I feel passionately that humans must find a way of living alongside it rather than against it for the sake of all our futures.

You can find out more on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s website here.

New Album: Songs of Separation

  • November 10, 2015

Songs of SeparationSongs of Separation is a highly significant collaborative recording project which reflects, through song, the issue of 'separation' in its many forms. Featuring ten of England and Scotland’s most celebrated female contemporary folk artists, together they explore the similarities and differences in our musical, linguistic and cultural heritage. The ten participants are Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart, Rowan Rheingans, Mary Macmaster, Hannah Read, Kate Young, Jenn Butterworth, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Jenny Hill (who conceived the project).

Recorded in the fairy-tale setting of the Isle of Eigg (in the Scottish Inner Hebrides) and set in the context of a post-referendum world, ‘Songs of Separation’ is not simply a beautiful collection of traditional and self-penned songs, but also aims to prompt new thinking about the issue of separation as it occurs in all our lives. The process of developing the music was documented and shared with audiences each day, through a range of videos.

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