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Music, Sun 24 Sep 2017

Richard Durrant - Guitar "Stringhenge"

Richard Durrant - Guitar "Stringhenge"


Stringhenge is Richard Durrant’s latest creative adventure – a wistful, peculiarly British, acoustic affair full of neolithic imagery, densely woven tunes and unusual venues.

In Stringhenge the maverick guitarist and composer is living on the folk/classical cusp playing his own distinctive, solo guitar music alongside a fascinating collection of other English melodies. He also introduces his trademark arrangements of unaccompanied Bach juxtaposed, for the first time, with British Isles folk tunes. The effect is striking, almost as if he’s using the high baroque to unlock the hill barrows and henges of Britain.

The inspiration for Stringhenge was Richard’s ‘life changing’ concert guitar, built by Gary Southwell – the Lincolnshire Luthier. Southwell’s work speaks for itself (see his website and prepare to be stunned) and the guitar at the centre of Stringhenge is beautiful in many ways, but notable mainly for the fact that the back and sides are made from an English, black, oak tree that was growing more than 5,000 years ago and then preserved in the anaerobic mud of East Anglia.

Stringhenge is as beautifully produced and richly visual as any of Durrant’s tours of recent years and Durrant plays the two protagonists, those incredible guitars, as brilliantly as ever. But he is also a clever weaver of intriguing tales and with these, and his real, roots music, he manages to link the Neolithic to the 21st century.

North Westmorland Arts is supported by Westmorland Arts Trust, The Hadfield Trust and The Bryan Lancaster Trust.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 24 Sep 2017 19:30 to 21:30
Free on street parking; car park (no charge after 6pm)


£12 at the door. Full-time students half-price. Accompanied children free.


North Westmorland Arts

017684 83777


CA16 6XE


Appleby Public Hall is in Bouroughgate. Appleby. Take B6542 from A66 or B6260 from M6 Junction 38 Yebay. Entrance down an alleyway level with top of island of shops. Above Tufton Arms Hotel.

Parking: free


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