Saturday 14 December 1.00pm
The Mellctock Band
£17.00 (£15.00 concessions | £6.00 Under 35)
Dave Townsend concertina, voice Caroline Butler violin, voice
Tim Hill clarinet, voice Philip Humphries serpent, voice
An uproarious celebration of dance, drink and general misbehaviour as carried on at Christmas in many villages until about a hundred years ago - along with sobering admonitions from puritans, parsons and angels.
Alongside the revelry are carols dedicated to dancing, bellringing and cider, and the Devil’s own tunes, with parsons and preachers caught in the crossfire.
The stories and poems come from Thomas Hardy and William Barnes. With songs, tunes and tales from Hardy’s Wessex, in period costume and the band’s usual mix of early and modern instruments.
“Mellstock Band are England’s leading exponents of West Gallery style music – their skilful interweaving of Dorset’s songs and tunes with beautifully read stories and poems of the area, transports you back to the time of Hardy and Dickens.” Living Tradition
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