Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Sleep in a castle with Wake The Union


Herstmonceux Castle
Ever wondered just what goes on behind the scenes to bring a headline music festival performance to the stage?

An exclusive opportunity for a limited number of people to witness first-hand the development of a major music festival show by a new band line-up is on offer this summer when Show of Hands’ inspired frontman Steve Knightley hosts a two-day residential experience at one of the country’s  most romantic castles (August 19 and 20).

Hailed as one of England’s finest songwriters, Steve will be joined at the stunning Herstmonceux Castle, near Hastings in East Sussex by some of the cream of English folk musicians, all of whom featured on Show of Hands’ classic 2012 album Wake the Union – Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting, 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo winners Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin and Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston.

A special package will give participants a chance to share in the development of a vibrant live set which promises to be a highlight of the Shrewsbury Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Workshops, informal performances and rehearsals will all weave together at the magnificent moated castle culminating in a special preview concert at Hailsham Pavilion, a few miles away.

Hailed as one of England’s finest songwriters, Steve will be joined at the stunning Herstmonceux Castle, near Hastings in East Sussex by some of the cream of English folk musicians, all of whom featured on Show of Hands’ classic 2012 album Wake the Union.
Steve Knightley (centre) with (left) Phillip Henry and Hannah
 Martin, and (right) Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston
Entwined in the sturdy roots of English and North American music, Wake the Union is a big, transatlantic touchstone of an album which marked the incredible 20 year partnership of Show of Hands. 


The Wake the Union Band comprises six artists including Martin Simpson, recognised as one of the best guitar players in the world, and melodeon maestro Andy Cutting. Added to them are two hot property duos: double bass and mandolin pairing Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston and the captivating Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. 

A special package will give participants a chance to share in the development of a vibrant live set which promises to be a highlight of the Shrewsbury Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. 

Workshops, informal performances and rehearsals will all weave together at the magnificent moated castle culminating in a special preview concert at Hailsham Pavilion, a few miles away.

The package, costing from £295 includes twin-room accommodation on the Castle’s 600 acre parkland and Elizabethan garden estate for Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 August with breakfast, lunch and dinner included both days. 

Also included:
  • Informal sessions from midday Tuesday
  • Reserved seating for Wake the Union Band concert at Hailsham Pavilion (also open to the public)
  • Coach transfers to and from Hailsham Pavilion
  • Singaround in Castle’s own pub Tuesday night for those wishing to bring their own musical instruments
  • Chance to informally meet and chat to all the musicians


For bookings and further details contact Bob Perry on (01323) 834479 or email conf@bisc.queensu.ac.uk

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