|The Mellstock Band|
1986 saw the release of the album 'Under the Greenwood Tree', a selection of dance tunes and carols from the Hardy family manuscripts. Since then, The Mellstock Band has entertained audiences all over the world, released albums, and provided music for stage, screen and radio. Their varied interests in research and composition have brought forth forgotten gems and startling sounds, all rooted on English tradition, and over the past 25 years some have become firm favourites with band and audiences alike.
The Mellstock Band's new show for 2011 celebrates the most popular of their musical and spoken pieces, under the broad headings of Love & Marriage, A Soldier's Life, Rogues & Villains, Speed the Plough, Faith & Superstition and Making Merry.
Nearly all the music is from Dorset tradition, linked by poems and stories from the works of Thomas Hardy and the Dorset dialect poet William Barnes.They sing, tell tales, and play fiddle, concertina, oboe, clarinet and serpent, performing in period costume.
See 'Hardy Perennials' at the following venues this season:
- > Thursday 1st December 2011 at 7:30pm Chetnole Village Hall
- > Friday 2nd December 2011 at 7:30pm Cerne Abbas Village Hall
- > Saturday 3rd December 2011 at 7:30pm Thorncombe Village Hall
- > Sunday 4th December 2011 at 7:30pm Milborne St Andrew Village Hall
More information about the performers visit the Mellstock Band at www.mellstockband.com