In association with L2F – Lichfield Festival of Folk
Broomdasher share nostalgia, warmth, harmonies – and a picnic, to celebrate the 150th birthday of The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady author Edith Holden.
They sing well-loved folk songs, including Bushes and Briars; Wild Mountain Thyme; If I were a Blackbird; Seeds of Love and Auld Lang Syne to bring the book to life in their critically acclaimed folk musical, The Country Diary in Song
The diary was a worldwide phenomenon when published in 1977, Edith’s beautiful paintings and words creating an exhilarating journey through the seasons, celebrating birds; flowers; animals and life in the countryside in 1906.
Broomdasher intertwine her descriptions with the rousing, rueful and romantic folk songs collected by Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams at the same time she was compiling her diary. Edith is played by accomplished actress and group member, Margaret Moore.
Critics have described the show as “Traditional Folk meets Edwardian Eco Warrior – Fantastic!”; “A Fabulous Musical Entertainment”; “Wonderful singing and Glorious Entertainment” and “Inspiring and Uplifting”. It’s touring the UK through the Autumn, visiting many locations featured in Edith’s diary.
Broomdasher have an outstanding reputation for their harmonies, arrangements and engaging live performances. Their new CD is a recording of the show and their debut CD “Nothing to do With Me” has been re-issued. All their recordings are part of the National Sound Archive collection at the British Library as “an outstanding example of grass roots folk music today. Next year they are undertaking a concert tour of Cathedrals with Belshazzar Feast’s Paul Hutchinson as part of the official Ralph Vaughan Williams 150th birthday celebrations.
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