folk & world

Lost Words, Folk Music and Spell Songs

Join seven leading folk musicians for an evening of enchanting new commissions based on the book The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

The musicians are singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, kora player Seckou Keita, Scottish contemporary folk musician and songwriter Kris Drever, singer and harpist Rachel Newton, cellist Beth Porter and multi-instrumentalist Jim Molyneux.

The event begins with a discussion between Macfarlane and Morris of the Lost Words project. The discussion is led by Jo Frost, editor of Songlines, one of the most widely read and respected publications on music from around the world. Morris’ artwork accompanies the musicians on stage, as she paints live during the spellbinding show.

The Lost Words was created by author Macfarlane and artist Morris in response to the removal of everyday nature words from a children’s dictionary, but grew to become a broader protest at the loss of the natural world around us, and a celebration of its wonders.

This is an evening of ‘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 is a beautiful book and, in terms of ideas, an important one
The Guardian

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£15 - £20
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£15, £20


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Age recommendation
For ages 12+.