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Od Songs with Phil Owen

April 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Phil Owen sitting in long grass, singing his hand is on his chin

Join a unique workshop with the singer and artist Phil Owen.

About a century ago, a group of folklorists travelled through the English countryside, collecting old folk songs from some of the last remaining people who remembered them. Many hundreds of songs were collected in Somerset and Dorset, including in the Cokers.

In a workshop on Saturday 11 April, we will learn a selection of songs from in and around East and West Coker, and find out about the people who sang them. We will also discuss what it might mean to sing the songs today, as a way of engaging in local community heritage.

Phil Owen is a singer and writer from North Somerset. His work is informed by a strong interest in the relationships between voice, heritage and place. With Megan Wakefield, he ran the experimental literary salon Tertulia.

Continuing our relationship with Phil Owen as an artist, this workshop follows a recent performance at Coker Court, and Phil’s outdoor performances of O is this called Lord Bateman’s castle, and is his Lordship here within?, throughout the Cokers for Od Arts Festival 2018.

All singers welcome. The workshop is also open to non-singers who would like to find out more about the songs.

Time: Saturday 11 April, 2-4.30pm

Place: OSR Projects, Church Street, West Coker, Somerset, BA22 9BD

Cost: Free but ticketed via Eventbrite

Access: the venue is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible toilet. Please contact us if you have other access requirements.

Free but ticketed. Spaces are limited, so we advise early booking. Book your place via Eventbrite


April 11, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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OSR Projects
01935 862201


OSR Projects
Old School Room, Church Street
West Coker, Somerset BA22 9BD United Kingdom
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