Whalebone & Jean Atkin | Understories (Common: Uncommon)

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Understories (Common: Uncommon)

by Whalebone & Jean Atkin

A collaboration between Whalebone and poet Jean Atkin - 'Understories’ is a brush with the new folklore of Shropshire. Here are urban – and rural – myths, and tales just out of living memory. They are the common uncommon.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Ketley Tiger
Whalebone & Jean Atkin
4:31 $0.99
2. In Medgel's Fold
Whalebone & Jean Atkin
4:29 $0.99
3. Dolly the Pig and Elias
Whalebone & Jean Atkin
5:11 $0.99
4. Tom Palin at Cinderloo
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5:39 $0.99
5. Gabriel in Brook Vessons
Whalebone & Jean Atkin
6:00 $0.99
6. Eliza Remembers Lordshill After Noon
Whalebone & Jean Atkin
6:29 $0.99
7. The Haunted Oak of Edward Wiggin
Whalebone & Jean Atkin
5:20 $0.99
8. Mr. Norgrove, Church Warden, As a Boy
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4:41 $0.99
9. The Crossing Keeper of Eardington
Whalebone & Jean Atkin
3:42 $0.99
10. Wood Man
Whalebone & Jean Atkin
3:05 $0.99
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A combination of instrumental music and spoken word poetry - discover Shropshire’s last wolves and cloggers, its haunted roundabouts, pigs, railway lines and oak trees, not to mention the boy who burrowed under a church.

Understories is a delightful, grounded and musical collection of poems that reminds us - through its brightly singing stories - how history is ravelled around memory, community and habitation: that ‘this is living, this is.’ David Morley, winner of the Ted Hughes Award

Jean Atkin gathers her ‘common : uncommon’ hoard of Shropshire stories, memories and folk myths to magick them into strange, beautiful, haunting poems. Atkin’s language is delicate, precise, filmic: she brings worlds together, honouring the dead. Unsurprisingly, these lilting, imagistic poems are being set to music: they are ideally suited for performance. Spanning the seasons of human life, Understories is a stunning achievement. Pippa Little (Carcanet, Arc)



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