The Programme: Friday


An evening of acoustic music in the woods.

8.30 – 9.15pm
Songlines Choir
Songlines choir has been performing, teaching, protesting, sometimes lamenting and often celebrating for 15 years in north London. They have performed in Turkey, toured Bosnia & sung with 400 others on the steps of St Paul’s during the Occupy protest. They will perform a set tonight of world music songs, plus some specially written pieces inspired by the poetry of Dark Mountain. And you won’t be a passive listener: Songlines are famous for getting the crowd singing with them. Start the festival with a song!

9.15 – 10.15pm
Marmaduke Dando
Marmaduke Dando is the bard of disempire, a mournful crooner of morose ballads and frisky drunken jigs, often extracting references to early Scott Walker, Brel and Weill. Bred from genuine pirate ancestry, he writes about all the horrors and beauties of the modern world, and barks them back at it. His songs have been set to films, played in the Houses of Parliament, and used as an aid for aspiring Casanovas.

10.15 – 11pm
In Gowan Ring
Steeped in poetic-folk traditions and veneration for the natural world, the ‘Symbolist Folk Music’ of In Gowan Ring channels stories of stones and angels through home-made instruments of guitar, harp, flute, wheeled fiddle and human voice.


Bedtime story and songs
With Jackie Singer and Helen Osborn.


11pm – midnight
The Sun Princess and the Fortieth Door
This year, Tom Hirons and Rima Staines bring you a Lithuanian folktale from beyond the nine mountains and the nine forests. This is a feast of a tale. Twenty-eight old men are kept in a dungeon with a heart-shaped window. Thrice-nine iron doors bar their escape. Who keeps them trapped? Who can rescue them? Featuring cosmic princesses, giants, witches, a three-eyed goat and more, this really is a humdinger. Don’t miss it. At the smaller firepit, by the pizza oven.


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