The poetry of Edward Thomas
30th March 2017
A Musical Celebration
On 9 April 1917, the poet and prose writer Edward Thomas died in action at the battle of Arras. He left behind 144 poems written in the last three years of his life, which have made him one of the most loved and influential of 20th-century English poets. Thomas was a prolific writer, walking and cycling across much of England, writing about the natural world, the stories of the people he met and collecting folk songs.
Tim Graham, co-founder of Pedal Folk, leads a small group of musicians to celebrate Thomas’s life on the centenary of his death. Pedal Folk are a collective of musicians who tour exclusively by bicycle. In 2014 they followed the route taken by Thomas in his final book In Pursuit of Spring, travelling from London to Somerset’s Quantock Hills. They will be performing songs inspired by his writing and arranging songs and tunes collected on his travels.
‘Graham is an excellent interpreter and re-appropriator of songs, with a hearty voice and an uncluttered Bert Jansch-esque guitar style . . . Pedal Folk’s enjoyment and passion for the subject is obvious and unfeigned and they take every opportunity to include the audience in the performance.’ Thomas Blake, Folk Radio UK
clubroom bar from 6.30pm
talk starts 7pm followed by Q&A; please arrive early to allow time for parking
to book call 01749 814 070
the meantime programme is curated by Emma Craigie