Pewsey singer aims to rediscover lost folk tradition

Pewsey residents have the chance to get involved with a project to mark the centenary of the First World War by sharing stories, folk songs and memorabilia.

Award-winning folk singer Sam Lee has launched Forever England, which looks back at the creative landscape of the early 20th century to rediscover its oral tradition.

Mr Lee, who was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2012, believes the deaths of Rupert Brook, Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney and others meant many songs, tales and tunes were lost and he, along with instrumentalists Nico Brown, Cosmo Sheldrake and Gwendolen Chatfield, want to revive these traditions.

Along with Pewsey, Mr Lee will be visiting Witney, Calstock and Braunton to meet people with stories, songs and memorabilia and will develop this material into a performance evening of music and storytelling.

He will present the premiere of this new material at the Bouverie Hall on February 20, and the project will culminate in a larger scale production with folk group The Unthanks, which will tour major concert halls in the autumn.

To get involved, email


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