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Mrs Price’s Parlour at St Mary’s Church

Posted on 13th June, 2018 in News

Take time off from the Church Fête to celebrateour wonderful Somerset folk song heritage with Amanda Boyd & Nick Cockingfrom Mrs Price’s Parlour, along with special guest performer, Graeme Furlong. The programme includes songs of love, courtship, sea, rural life, celebrations and camaraderie.

The name Mrs Price’s Parlour is inspired by the photo that Cecil Sharp took of a singer called Mrs Elizabeth Price. She sang him a version of Blow Away The Morning Dew and was living at Compton Martin when they met.  He wrote very fondly of her in his little essay entitled, The Mendip Singers.

‘We’ll be celebrating Somerset’s folk song heritage with a lovely selection of songs from Cecil Sharp’s collection’, says Amanda.

Mrs Price’s Parlour has performed all over the West Country, featured on many radio stations and worked on projects such as the Road To Freedom- a combined arts project about Spanish Civil War 1936 -1939.

In 2014, Amanda was invited to perform in Virginia.

‘I’m particularly proud of the Appalachian connections I have made’, says Amanda, explaining that Cecil Sharp collected songs in the Southern Appalachian region of the USA. With an Artists International Development Award, she was able to walk for a while in his footsteps, performing at The Lincoln Theatre in Marion Virginia and connecting with Appalachian musicians.

Please note the Saturday date for this concert which starts at 3.30 pm and will be in St Mary’s Church, Main Road, Westonzoyland, TA7 0EP on Main Road. The Church Fête, in the church, opens at 2.00 pm.

Admission to the concert is free. Music on the Levels is grateful to Sedgemoor District Council and Westonzoyland Parish Council for financial support, and to the many generous donations collected at the concerts.