Three Cane Whale with Tim Cumming
An evening of exceptional music and poetry
Saturday 18 January 7pm. Tickets: £10 or £25 with supper.
Alex Vann – mandolin, bowed psaltery, music box, zither
, banjo, concertina
Pete Judge – trumpet, harmonium, lyre, glockenspiel, dulcitone , tenor horn
Paul Bradley – acoustic guitar, miniature harp
A multi-instrumental acoustic trio based in Bristol, UK, featuring members of Spiro, Get The Blessing and the Fleur Darkin Ensemble. As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, the music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy.
New album Holts and Hovers, recorded live in 20 different locations, is now available from Amazon and iTunes etc.
‘Impressively original’ The Guardian
‘A magical journey’ Songlines
‘Simply beautiful’ R2
Beautiful video of Three Cane Whale playing in St Catherine’s Chapel, Abbotsbury.
More about Three Cane Whale.
Tim Cumming was born in Father Hudson’s Children’s Home in 1963 in Solihull and was brought up in the west country. He has lived in London since 1982. His poems have appeared in magazines including The Wide Skirt, Echo Room, The North, Scratch, Dog, Magma, Poetry London, The London Magazine and the online magazines Boomerang and Limelight.
His first pamphlet, The Miniature Estate was published by Smith Doorstop in 1991, and Scratch published the pamphlet version of Apocalypso the following year. Stride published his first collection Apocalypso (1999) and The Rumour (2004), and Wreckingball Press brought out the book-length cinematic poem Contact Print in 2002.
His work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including three editions of The Forward Book of Poetry, and its 2004 Best of the Decade anthology, and Bloodaxe Books’ major 2010 anthology of poetry from Ireland and the British Isles, Identity Parade. Tim’s collection, The Rapture, was published by Salt in 2011, and Etruscan Miniatures was published by Pitt St Poetry in 2012.
His work has been broadcast on BBC radio and TV, and he has been featured in the New Voices season at the South Bank Centre in London.
He writes regularly for newspapers including The Independent and The Guardian on music and the arts and in 2007 he made the acclaimed Hawkwind: Do Not Panic documentary for the BBC about the space rock legends Hawkwind.
His film poem Radio Carbon was premiered at the Renoir cinema in 2009 and at Port Eliot Festival in 2010, and Danebury Ring was shown at the Poetry Library’s Sixtieth Birthday celebration in October 2013.
Please phone 01308 459511 to book tickets. Supper will be a delicious main course (normally charged at £17.99) chosen from a short menu and cooked by our acclaimed chef, Jackie Spendlow. Desserts and wine will be available separately.
Bird Music by Tim Cumming
How long had we been here
watching birds cross the sky
with hieroglyphic information,
green barley waving in the far
end of the telescope, the jet
stream on its winter migration?
Through winter fog heavy
at the crisping edge of the season
you see the wild acres of time
scratching out an undergrowth
of black ink flowing like a winter
sky, a dim beam of light falling on
the fossil record, hot breath conjuring
starlit air, bird music, mouth music,
bevelled paired finger holes shrieking
through the dim Neolithic, gods
preceded by ghosts, ancestors, bird cries.