I have had some contact with Elizer Mood (author) in the past, we have been to several festivals and folk clubs, and I had heard of the progress of her new book “Man of Clay”. I had invited her to Port Carlisle and to let her experience the tide race of the Solway Estuary (3rd fastest in the UK I believe), as sea and natural disasters, global warming etc. featured in her book.
The book launch was held in Hexham/Northumberland, in The Vaults, a sort of a wine cellar. There were other performers too: singers, poets, artists, visual artists, all with a theme of nature, the industrial past of the North East, and the sea.
I continued my theme of playing “old music” on the Northumbrian Small Pipes and English Concertina (from the Dixon, Bewick, Peacock manuscripts). a solo performance to a backdrop of slides. There was a moment of Elizer reading from her book accompanied by me playing “Bonny Pit Laddie”, which I think went quite well. All of it was unrehearsed and as I finished the tune I then played a few Border Ballad melodies.
The extracts of the evening are represented here, if you wish to see more you can log into Facebook and search “HexhamTV” you will be able to see the full evening with all the performances and extracts from the book. Or you can click here HexhamTV
To read more about the author Elizer Mood, click here Elizer Mood
To buy Man of Clay click here Man of Clay