Wild horses to play

PUBLISHED: 16:58 07 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:25 15 June 2010

There will be a Horses Brawl at Awliscombe on Saturday, October 18. No wild stampede, however, but early music played by Laura Cannell and Adrian Lever, an innovative instrumental duo from Norfolk, who have adopted the equestrian name as their professional identity.

There will be a Horses Brawl at Awliscombe on Saturday, October 18.

No wild stampede, however, but early music played by Laura Cannell and Adrian Lever, an innovative instrumental duo from Norfolk, who have adopted the equestrian name as their professional identity.

These two accomplished musicians use traditional instruments in unusual ways to explore medieval, renaissance, baroque and folk traditions. Their instruments include recorders, a fiddle, crumhorns, guitar and bowed guitar amongst others. Both players love to experiment and find new ways of making sounds and, with their instruments produce contemporary arrangements with vivacity and verve. They re-work, re-compose and re-ignite ancient traditions for a modern audience but never lose the essential character of the instruments. Truly interesting and arresting sounds, up-to-date yet traditional, are produced in their performances.

This ground-breaking group has won critical acclaim from the national music press and has appeared several times on The Early Music Show and Late Junction on BBC Radio 3, which referred to Horses Brawl as 'an early music group to keep an eye on' with their music described as 'great stuff'. They created a great impression at the Bath Festival.

Their Awliscombe concert, one of the Villages in Action series supported by East Devon District Council, takes place in St Michael's Church, starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets may be booked by telephoning (01404) 43480 and, subject to availability, will be available at the church on the night.

John Dalton


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