Forever England

Award-winning folk singer Sam Lee has launched a project in Pewsey to involve residents in looking back at the early 20th century and rediscovering folk songs and stories.  Sam Lee was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2012, and believes that the deaths of Rupert Brook, Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney and others meant many songs, tales and tunes were lost and he, along with instrumentalists Nico Brown, Cosmo Sheldrake and Gwendolen Chatfield, want to revive these traditions.

Along with Pewsey, Mr Lee will be visiting Witney, Calstock and Braunton to meet people with stories, songs and memorabilia and will develop this material into a performance evening of music and storytelling.

He will present the premiere of this new material at the Bouverie Hall on February 20, and the project will culminate in a larger scale production with folk group The Unthanks, which will tour major concert halls in the autumn.

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