“Im and Im” (Allan Knott and Steve Kinnersley). We had met Allan previously in his role as Lay Preacher at the Winterbourne Steepleton church service, but today he was in very different guise.
Allan and Steve entertained the hall with a mixture of traditional Dorset folk songs and timeless classics which most of us were old enough to remember from our youth, plus some comic banter and stories and lots of audience participation. We particularly loved Allan’s rendition of “the Dorset National Anthem” – Farmer’s Boy. :: more
On Thursday 6th October associate artists Mandy Rathbone and David Rogers met Jake Dew, Conservation Officer for Dorset Wildlife Trust, for a walk and talk along the South Winterbourne in Martinstown. Jake explained just how special Winterbourne streams or rivers are and spoke in great detail about all the wildlife that thrive in the river environment – many types of fish, voles, kingfishers and the rare Winterbourne mayfly and blackfly whose numbers are on the increase. :: more
This time David and I were off to Weymouth to meet renowned local William Barnes’ expert and biographer, Dr Alan Chedzoy.
We spoke about Barnes as Rector of Winterbourne Came and Whitchurch; a role he continued to fulfill until the end of his life, tramping all over his parish on foot, regularly visiting all his parishioners. And at length about his poetry, particularly discussing the contrast between his dialect poetry and those poems written in “English”. :: more
Following Revered Jean’s glowing reports of the Church Band, we decided to attend and record the service at Winterbourne Steepleton.
Musicians: Margaret (“the Boss”) on keyboard, Wendy on violin, Gill on flute, Alison on recorder and Jon on trumpet. :: more
The Reverend Jean Saddington (vicar not only of Martinstown but Winterbourne Steepleton, Winterbourne Abbas and Compton Valence), introduction to the South Winterbourne River, running through Martinstown.
SOUND : MUSIC : ROBOT from David Rogers on Vimeo.
Alex McKechnie, David Rogers and Adrian Newton, improvised live electronic sound in The Chapel on the Beach, West Bay, Dorset. 18th August 2016. A live performance – part of the Force8 project.
Video by Nigel Slight – Edit by David Rogers
On Tuesday 23rd August DIVAcontemporary (David Rogers and Mandy Rathbone) travelled over to Martinstown to interview two key figures in the Martinstown Community. The Reverend Jean Saddington (vicar not only of Martinstown but Winterbourne Steepleton, Winterbourne Abbas and Compton Valence) and Margaret Hearing, an historian who has lived in the village for 50 years and written The Book of Martinstown covering all aspects of life in the village going back many years. :: more
Following a year of research trips, familiarising themselves with the Winterbourne valley as it passes from Winterbourne Abbas through Winterbourne Steepleton, Martinstown (Winterbourne St Martin), Winterbourne Monkton, Winterbourne Herringstone, Winterbourne Farringdon and Winterbourne Came, DIVAcontemporary have finally started work on their audio project – The South Winterbourne Journey with a focus on Martinstown Cricket Club. The other MCC (as they are known) :: more
Associate artist Adrian Newton’s [Nemeton] latest release ‘Unmotion’ is now available to download on the Silent Flow netlabel:
This set of pieces was inspired by the word ‘unmotion’, which originates from a poem by E. E. Cummings. The word implies a condition of stasis, a lack of movement, a moment of tranquility.