The work of the Great Western Railway Hammerman poet Alfred Williams has once again inspired music-making to be performed at STEAM museum, this time by a collaboration of folk heroes Bellowhead with 120 of Wiltshire’s young string musicians.
During the first weekend in March musical performances will be taking place all over the British Isles, from Shetland to the Solent, as part of the build-up to the London 2012 festival.
Representing Wiltshire in the fabulous Music Nation event, the county’s Superstrings musicians will be accompanying Bellowhead drummer and composer Pete Flood, who wrote the piece having been inspired by the folk song lyrics collected by Williams.
“A book of words is like a blank slate for a composer,” said Pete, who based his composition on Williams’ 1923 Folk Songs of the Upper Thames.
The concert, which includes a set by award-winning folk group Bellowhead themselves, takes place on Sunday 4 March. Tickets cost £20 and are available from www.gigantic.com.