We find out more about Richard’s strong personal connection with places and landscapes, along with two special stars accompanying him on his upcoming Stringhenge Tour 2017
The Stringhenge story is as old as the Long Man of Wilmington. Richard used to live in Wilmington Priory at the feet of The Long Man so the performance near here will have a real connection personally as well as to the landscape of the British Isles. Another performance in this great line up will be in a church in Baulking around midsummer – in sight of the Uffington White Horse itself.
Again highly significant as one of the real stars of this show will be Richard’s Uffington Tenor Guitar, built in Sussex by Ian Chisholm and featuring a beautiful inlay image of the horse.
And it is to Ditchling – the home town of Ian Chisholm – where the tour commences in March.
The other star will be Richard’s new six string Concert Guitar, built in Lincolnshire by Gary Southwell and made from a beautiful 5,000-year-old English oak. This ancient oak tree actually grew in North Norfolk and the challenge is now on to secure a performance as part of this tour as near as possible to where the wood in this fantastic instrument grew. Any suggestions anyone?
Richard’s music for this tour includes some real Durrant originals drawing inspiration from the hill barrows of Sussex, the flatlands of East Anglia and the mountains of Cumbria. Other pieces are chosen from eleven centuries of music. This is real roots music on the folk/classical cusp linking the mesolithic to the 21st century.
Stringhenge is as beautifully produced and richly visual as any of Durrant’s tours of recent years. It’s also unplugged allowing you to hear and feel the vibrations of the wood in these incredible guitars. As always, Durrant brilliant playing and clever weaving of intriguing tales
Stringhenge: Tour Dates 2017
Check the website for updates as new shows are being added regularly.
DITCHLING 24 March : 7:30 pm £16 – The Old Meeting House
BEVERLEY 30 March : 7:30 pm Toll Gavel United Church
SHOREHAM-BY-SEA 22 April : 8:00 pm Ropetackle Arts Centre
MOLD 26 May : 8:00 pm Theatr Clwyd
FARRINGDON 23 June : 8:00 pm £14 – St Nicholas Church
CORSHAM 24 June : 7:30 pm The Pound Arts Centre