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Part of 'The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World' project
March 19, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

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March 19, 2022
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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Join artist Carl Gent as they look at a range of English folk songs, their history and legacy and join them in creating new lyrical and compositional arrangements to be performed and recorded throughout the course of the workshop.

The majority of English folk songs have travelled across countries and contexts for centuries. As this passage occurs, verses are added, forgotten or tweaked. Geographical details are swapped out to better fit a new audience and hybridity occurs. One melody can play host to a large range of different narratives and voices. During this workshop, Gent will work with attendees to look at a few different songs and work with visitors using cut-up and rearrangement techniques to combine different versions of the same song. By the end of the session we will have created new hybrid versions that will then be written, sung, performed and recorded together.

Carl Gent and Kelechi Anucha’s sonic sculptures playing three new folk recordings are currently on show in The Year on a Farm display at The MERL as a part of The Commons: Re-enchanting the World.

All materials provided. No advance knowledge necessary.

If we receive your booking with enough advance notice, we may contact you to find out if you’d like to work with a specific song of your own. This is not mandatory and if there is not enough time, Carl will use pre-prepared songs.

This workshop is suitable for adults and children aged 12+.

This workshop is suitable for all skill levels and will be using easy to use, DIY recording and performance techniques.

All children should be accompanied by a participating adult. As capacity in our Learning Studio is restricted, we’d ideally like all attendees to participate in the workshop if possible.

The Commons: Re-Enchanting the World is supported by Arts Council England and University for the Creative Arts.

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