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Friday, December 8th, 2017
7:30 PM
The Mellstock Band plays and sings the dances, songs, carols and tunes of English village and church bands from the eighteenth century to the present day. Their repertoire and style come from village musicians' manuscript books from all parts of England performed on early nineteenth-century instruments, chosen for their authentic sound, and include fiddle, concertina, clarinet, oboe, flute and serpent.

Tonight they will be performing their new Christmas show When Icicles Hang - The Countryside in Winter. "Frosty farmsteads, winter journeys, old superstitions and seasonal celebrations - there's nothing like a chilly day in the country to make you appreciate the pleasures of a warm fireside, a glass of something, and a rousing song or a mysterious story. With their distinctive blend of voices and instruments, The Mellstock Band conjures up the spirit and the sounds of the rural past. "

As with all their shows, When Icicles Hang combines traditional music for voices, fiddle, serpent, clarinet and concertina with spoken extracts from Thomas Hardy and his contemporaries, performed in rural Sunday-best costume of the early nineteenth century.