In 2015, Dead Rat Orchestra provided the soundtrack to James Holcombe’s film Tyburnia, unearthing 17th century broadside ballads, written by and for those condemned to face the gallows. They rediscovered lost songs of oppression, political opportunism, greed and the criminalisation of dissent, as sadly relevant today as when they were first penned, almost 400 years ago.
Nathaniel Mann has been back to the Bodleian Libraries, with Tyburnia collaborator Lisa Knapp and Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee, to delve deep into its collection of broadsides. The trio will be creating contemporary interpretations, new arrangements and original material from the libraries’ ballad collection and performing the songs with a five piece band on a short UK tour. You may need to shield your eyes from the poster, if you are prone to migraines.
25.02.17 OXFORD Sheldonian Theatre (Oxford Contemporary Music)
26.02.17 LONDON Foundling Museum
27.02.17 NORWICH Arts Centre
28.02.17 BIRMINGHAM Glee Club (Mosely Folk)
01.03.17 EXETER Phoenix