Understories - first performances in March!

The first three dates of our Understories tour of Shropshire libraries starts on March 1st! Full details on our Gigs and Tickets page - all the performances are free entry.

Understories - Whalebone & Jean Atkin March dates 

Dolly the Pig and Elias - Whalebone & Jean Atkin - Understories

Between the closure of the line in 1963 and the reopening of the Severn Valley Railway in 1970, Elias Thorpe continued as barman in the Refreshment Room and lived in the building. He did keep a pig in the Parcels Room! 

This is the first video from Understories, our collaboration with Jean Atkin. We are touring the show between March and June at Shropshire Libraries in the daytime. Current dates are on our Gigs and Tickets page - more will be added shortly. The CD featuring 10 new tracks and accompanying poetry book with 14 poems are available for pre-order on our Buy Page.

Totally Plucked - Shropshire Village Halls

We have a couple of Whalebone Totally Plucked concerts coming up in Shropshire! Tomorrow night we are playing at Tilstock Village Hall, the week after in Rushbury Village Hall 😀 Details are on the Gigs and Tickets page on this website.

Totally Plucked sees Steve and Char loading up the car with a huge array of guitars, mandolins, bouzoukis and a Shruti Box... and bringing them to a village hall near you.

We performed the first Whalebone Totally Plucked concert at Eaton Constantine village hall at the end of January. Here's what folks said about it:
'Whalebone's Totally Plucked set is live performance at its most scintillating. Their art is to craft a dynamic, rhythmic, melodic wall of sound and deliver their clever arrangements with virtuosity. Close your eyes and you could believe there are twice as many musicians on stage. Forget big venue celebrity concerts - it is a greater privilege to be able to find live performance this good in an intimate setting.'
Mick - concert organiser

Whalebone Totally Plucked Shropshire Village Halls

New Album and Book - Understories

For a little while now we've been a bit secretive anytime anyone has asked when a new Whalebone CD will be released, but now at last we can reveal all! Over the last 18 months, we've been collaborating with the wonderful poet Jean Atkin to create an album and book based on the new folklore of Shropshire. There are tales of grisly murders, haunted roundabouts, pigs kept in railway stations, not to mention a boy who burrowed under a church, accompanied by ten new Whalebone tunes. For more information and to preorder the CD and book see below.

Understories - Whalebone & Jean Atkin

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