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Seckou Keita to take part in ‘The Lost Words – Spell Song’


Tickets go on sale today for the live experience of this beautiful project ‘The Lost Words – Spell Songs’ which will tour to Snape Maltings, Town Hall Birmingham, RNCM Manchester and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank in February of 2019. The project is the musical companion to the captivating nature book ‘The Lost Words’, the work of acclaimed nature-writer Rob MacFarlane and illustrator Jackie Morris, designed to celebrate the endangered language of the natural world.

Seckou is part of an incredible lineup, working with Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Kris Drever, Rachel Newton, Kerry Andrew, Beth Porter and Jim Molyneux – who come together to breathe music into the pages of this unique and astonishing book.

The new songs that take flight from MacFarlane’s gently hypnotic poetry – or ‘spells’ – will be performed in front of the backdrop of Morris’ exquisite animated illustrations. The first chance to hear a major new musical project here in the midst of a landscape abundant with the animal and plant species it celebrates.

‘Why do names matter? It matters because we are losing nature as well as the names for nature in this country. We’ve got more than 50% of species in decline. And names, good names, well used can help us see and they help us care. We find it hard to love what we cannot give a name to. And what we do not love we will not save.’

Robert Macfarlane

More details can be found on their website:

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