Sunday 12 Aug 2018 7:30pm
An Appalachian folk gathering
Long ago, the sparkling fiddle tunes and haunting ballads of the British Isles travelled across the water, settling in the hills of Virginia. There they mingled with Southern hymns and African spirituals creating the soulful music that bears the name of the mighty mountain range in which it was born and flourishes to this day: Appalachia.
Jeannette Sorrell’s American baroque orchestra are twenty-first century musical pioneers; this musical gathering is a celebration and moving tribute that uses a mix of authentic instruments across both classical and folk traditions. Featuring signature songs such as I wonder as I wander and Black is the colour of my true love’s hair, this is joyous and profound music that is as universal and yet unique as the landscape in which it took root.
”Beautiful and eloquent… infectious energy. Every song signifies a personal response… Sorrell’s magical, rapt harpsichord riff on ‘I wonder as I wander’ reveals how profoundly spontaneous this folk music is at its core.”