Don't miss this chance to catch the full-length performance of Flocks of Words on June 16th - particularly since it's the last one until the autumn! Next Saturday, at Ludlow Assembly Rooms. We'd love to see you there. More info on our collaboration with poet Kate Innes HERE

Tickets are £10 and available from Ludlow Assembly Rooms online, click the photo below to take you through to the box office:

Whalebone and Kate Innes Flocks of Words at Ludlow Assembly Rooms 

**NRTF National Rural Touring Awards: EXCITING NEWS!**

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have been shortlisted (top three!) for the NRTF Music Performance of the Year award! The winner will be announced on 27th June by poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan; as we write, Steve is dusting off his tux for the ceremony at the NRTF's New Directions Showcase.

Thank you to all at National Rural Touring Forum - NRTF and to all those who nominated us! We are incredibly grateful that so many of you took the time to put us forward for the award. We'll let you know how we get on :)

Whalebone shortlisted for NRTF Music Performance of the Year Award


For the past eight months we have had the great pleasure of working with poet Jean Atkin on a new music and poetry project: Understories which we are planning to release later this year.

One of the pieces from that project, 'Tom Palin at Cinderloo', has this week been published in Proletarian Poetry, and a video of the piece is now on YouTube.

‘Tom Palin at Cinderloo’ explores the story of a rising by ironworkers in Shropshire in 1821, as they protested against draconian pay cuts. It’s a classic tale of industrial abuse of labour, and it ended in the deaths of several of the strikers with many further injuries to women and children involved in the protest.

We hope you like it.

Read more about the Understories project on Jean's website:…/understories-my-new-collaborative-…/

Vamping Horn at South Scarle...

A VAMPING HORN (on the wall in the bottom left pic)! None of us have ever seen one of these before (understandably, since this is one of only nine in the country). Also known as a ‘Shawm’, the large trumpet shaped horns were used in church during choir services to ‘vamp up’ the singing hence the name Vamping Horn and also used as megaphones for communication at a distance over one mile and for public addresses. Great night playing at South Scarle Community Centre in Lincolnshire on Saturday night, what a beautiful venue!

A vamping horn at South Scarle Com Centre

Crushing it in Mexico City

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