A Time and Place: Musical Meditations on the First World War

Featuring Becky Unthank, Rachel Unthank, Sam Lee, Adrian McNally and more

18 September 2014 / 19:30

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An evening of folk music and multimedia storytelling inspired by long-lost songs, stories and poetry of the generation that witnessed the First World War.

Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist Sam Lee collaborates for the first time with Rachel and Becky Unthank, Adrian McNally and more to perform original repertoire from the time, alongside new material inspired by personal stories and arrangements to First World War poetry, against the backdrop of Matthew J Watkins (Gorillaz) striking video design.

2014 marks the centenary of the First World War, which offers a unique opportunity to look back at the creative landscape of the early twentieth century and to rediscover the oral tradition from this time. Alongside high profile young artists such as Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen and Ivor Gurney, so many more were lost, and with the death of those in the folk tradition, died the continuation of many songs, tales and tunes. A Time and Place seeks to unearth and revive these traditions for the 21st century.

'An avid song collector, a folk entrepreneur and singer who sets out to revive lesser-known traditional material in a startlingly unexpected style' Guardian on Sam Lee

‘Intimate, epic, overflowing with feeling and musical intelligence’ The Independent on The Unthanks

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Part of Contemporary Music concerts

Produced by the Barbican in association with Sounduk and Opera North

Part of Imperial War Museum’s First World War Commemorations

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