Workshops and Events

Larksong: Performance

Saturday 7th October

6.30-8.30pm (Doors at 6pm)

Goodshaw Chapel, Goodshaw Avenue, Crawshawbooth, Rossendale BB4 8QB

Larksong: live music performance, expanded cinema projections, poetry reading and soundtrack album launch in Goodshaw Chapel.

The evening features performances from musicians and artists David Chatton Barker, Mary Stark, Sam McLoughlin and Bridget Hayden, creating a live re-imaging of the music and visual projections they have created for Nick Jordan and Jacob Cartwright’s BTB/English Heritage commissioned film Larksong. Utilising harmonium, recorders, spinning wheels, hand looms and foraged plants, many of the songs have been inspired by manuscripts from the Larks of Dean, and feature lyrics from gravestone inscriptions found in the chapel’s burial grounds.

The evening will also feature poet Emily Oldfield, reading the poem she has specially composed for Larksong, ‘The Pew Watches, the Hand Sows’. Written from the perspective of a chapel pew, the poem weaves together social, industrial and ecological themes; ruminating upon the changing landscape, social mores and working practices that have been witnessed since the founding of the chapel in 1760.

This is also the launch event of the film’s soundtrack album, released by Folklore Tapes. Available on limited edition vinyl, with an accompanying booklet by Jacob Cartwright & Nick Jordan, the LP features music from the film, Emily Oldfield’s poetry reading, plus bonus songs and audio material.

The evening will include a special screening of Larksong, plus an opportunity to see Cartwright and Jordan’s installation in the chapel, which features botanical illustrations printed with wode.

Doors at 6pm, performance starts at 6.30pm