Music and Poetry

At the end of 2016, after several years of mutual admiration, the award-winning acoustic group, Whalebone asked me to work with them on a new kind of performance, combining their original music and my poetry. We spent several months experimenting, and we were astonished at how easily the words and music blended and then transformed each other. In March 2017, we launched Flocks of Words – the performance at Wenlock Books, to a standing-room-only crowd.

The performance consists of two 45-minute sets, each of approximately nine interwoven tunes and poems. The interaction of the verse and music is immersive and moving, exploring universal themes such as mythic landscapes, the connection of people to countryside, the beauty of the seasons, and the joy of community.

Working with Whalebone has changed the way I think about my poems. And it has been a powerful joy to work with such talented and professional musicians.


Flocks of Words, Kare Innes

Flocks of Words – Pure/Snowfall

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Future Performances:

 April 27th – St John the Baptist, Church Preen – 7:30pm £10

May 18th – Shrewsbury Library – 1pm free taster performance

June 16th – Ludlow Assembly Rooms – 7:30pm £10

Flocks of Words kicks off the Ludlow Weekend of Words Festival 20/10/17

Flocks of Words kicks off the Ludlow Weekend of Words Festival 20/10/17

Reviews:

“Just wanted to share our gratitude for the wonderful performance this afternoon. Once the event began the atmosphere seemed to change and everyone tuned in to this beautiful, relaxing soundscape. I will be recommending this to other libraries. Hopefully we will plan another soon.”

Ronnie Stirton – Shropshire Libraries, July 2017

“The interplay of Kate’s beautifully pitched, evocative poems and the haunting music had a very profound effect on me. Many thanks for a memorable experience.”

Diane Finlayson – Harley Reading Group, July 2017

“Thank you for opening the festival in style this year!”

Ludlow Assembly Rooms – Weekend of Words Festival October 2017

Booking Flocks of Words for your venue:

We have performed in libraries, village halls, country park centres, bookshops, assembly rooms and cafés – and we are happy to consider any venue.

The Full Performance – for venues of 50 people or more – lasts 2 hours (with interval)

The Taster Performance – for smaller venues – lasts 45 minutes.

For more information or to make a booking contact:
kate.innes@btinternet.com
whalebone@whalebone-music.com
or call 01746 765268