The life of early whalers comes alive at Ropery Hall

Six distinctive and hugely talented artists come together at Ropery Hall at the beginning of April for a journey into the bawdy, brutal and thrilling world of the early whalers.

Chasing the Whale brings together the acclaimed Folk/Indie/Jazz trio Kings of the South Seas, (whose debut album of the same name was released in 2015)  and a traditional “shape-note” singer and musician from New England, Tim Eriksen who together will perform stunning new arrangements of traditional song that merge folk, jazz, music hall and rock.

“The music is all  woven together by award-winning author Philip Hoare’s captivating tales (both historical, but also his own extraordinary experiences of swimming alongside whales around the globe) and Adam Clitheroe’s film portraying the powerful imagery of these voyages,” explained Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.

She added that to make a deeper connection with those extraordinary times, the majority of the live performances will take place in locations with a whaling history.

“Here at The Ropewalk Hall’s Barton Ropery made ropes for the whaling industry so it is really fitting that one of their performances is being held here,” she said.

“Through words, song and film The Kings of the South Seas – together with the special guests – the audiences are invited to board their ship as it sets sail on a voyage into these extraordinary times,” Liz continued. “This show depicts a whaler’s life from the era of Moby Dick brought to life through music, narration and film. “

“Going back through the ages, man’s quest to hunt the largest mammal on earth saw them endure dangers and hardships of epic voyages, some of which lasted several years, while at the same time these crews discovered mysterious new lands and people, founding an industry that connected Britain with the South Pacific and America.”The performance, funded by Arts Council England,  is being held on Saturday, April 2, starting at 8pm.  Tickets cost £13 in advance or £15 on the door and can be bought online at www.roperyhall.co.uk, in person at the Craft Gallery or by calling 01652 660380.

 

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