In the centenary year of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, and the Peace celebrations that followed in Doncaster and across the country, this project remembers the stories of those who fought, those who refused to fight, and those left behind.
Internationally renowned singer-songwriters Findlay Napier, Bella Hardy and Greg Russell present an intimate evening of storytelling and song, inspired by stories from the archives, and those collected from Doncaster people through Doncaster 1914-18.
The trio have all spent time with the team at Heritage Doncaster researching the stories, and gathered at a residential to spend 3 days creating the show.
The first performance in May will be a very special Museums at Night show at Cusworth Hall in Doncaster where the work will be presented with projections from visual art specialist Wayne Sables, bringing to life the personal stories and original objects which inspired the songs. This show will be followed in June with a short run of dates in Doncaster, Shrewsbury and London.
Wayne is also producing 2 short films documenting the process of the songs from the archive to performance.
The project is a joint commission between Sounds Just Fine and Doncaster 1914-18, and is supported by Arts Council England and Heritage Doncaster.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, Bella found her first home in folk music through a childhood love for ballad books.
Her career has seen her become a regular on radio and television, notably singing solo at the Royal Albert Hall at the Proms.
A history of collaboration, co-writing and recording has seen her work with artists from The Beautiful South’s David Rotheray to Eliza Carthy.
Possessed of an extraordinary voice that’s ‘full of character’ (The Telegraph), over the last 5 years Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant players on the UK folk scene.
Playing guitar, bouzouki and singing, in 2013 he won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 won the Horizon Award from the same source alongside Ciaran Algar.
He was one creative drive behind the modern protest song commission 'Shake the Chains'.
Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and a truly energised with a heart-warming zing.
He made his name touring and recording with multi-award winning traditional Scottish folk band Back of the Moon.
In his more recent projects “Queen Anne’s Revenge” and “The Bar Room Mountaineers” his song-writing took centre stage and was described by The Sunday Herald as “Genuine songcraft and wit following in the Difford & Tilbrook tradition”
Visual artist / filmmaker
Wayne Sables trained in contemporary dance before moving in to film and digital technologies, he’s career spans 17 years and he has worked extensively in the Americas and Europe. He is an artist, filmmaker, curator, lecturer and director.
Throughout his career he has worked and toured extensively across the UK and USA. More recently Wayne has created and curated works for Tour de Yorkshire, Hull 2017, WSP, NSCD, DAZL, National CAT Scheme and numerous museums and councils