We have a few spaces left for our All Instrument workshop on July 2nd at Wenlock Pottery. Here's a video to show what you can expect! More info: http://www.whalebone-music.com/workshops

We've put together an animated video to give a taste of our collaboration with poet Kate Innes, Flocks of Words. It really reminds us of Raymond Briggs' animation style which we're rather pleased about.

The first full performance of 'Flocks of Words' is going to be at Severn Valley Country Park in Alveley, Shropshire. After two short daytime performances with Kate last month, we are going to perform the whole show on June 17th as part of the Hay Meadow Festival that Severn Valley Country Park are staging. Tickets are available from the visitor centre, tel: 01746 781192 or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/whalebone.

Flocks of Words - Whalebone and Kate Innes at Severn Valley Country Park

Woodland Path

Walking the hills is the opening poem from Flocks of Words, our collaboration with poet and author Kate Innes, and that is just what we did a few days ago, when we took to the lanes and pathways of South Shropshire. Starting out along the bank of the River Onny, we were soon climbing gentle slopes through woodland, on paths lined with wild flowers. Their names have a evocative poetry of their own - Greater Stitchwort, Herb Robert, Dovesfoot Cranesbill, Alehoof - and it was impossible not to feel inspired by their beauty, and that of the Shropshire landscape, which finds its way into so much of our music and Kate's poetry.

Above us, in a clear blue sky, buzzards mewed and a red kite lazily rode the late spring thermals as we followed tracks across grass covered hilltops. We ended the day in an oak beamed pub a few miles from the Welsh border, where we slaked our thirst with locally brewed ale.

Immersed in the sublime sights, sounds - and tastes! - of South Shropshire, we can't help but be influenced by our surroundings. Perhaps the memory of our day walking the hills will inspire future compositions as so many before have done, as can be heard in Flocks of Words.

We are performing at The Silvester Horne Institute in Church Stretton on 26th May to help raise funds for the Stretton Wetlands. Bore hole surveys in 1961 indicated a layer of peat between 6 to 12 feet thick, indicating the area has been natural wetland for many centuries. Recents surveys have found rare insects, as well as sightings of otter and kingfisher, securing Wildlife status for the site.

The Strettons Area Community Wildlife Group is fundraising to encourage community awareness of the area, fund a boardwalk to improve access and enhance several small pools on the site. Tickets are available from John Thomas Florist, 3 Sandford Ave, Church Stretton, Shropshire. Tel: 01694 722194 or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/whalebone. Would be great to see you there!

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