Songs From Land & Sea. Concert at URC, 2.00-5.00
Alongshore is a soundscape of lives lived on the coast past, present and future. Traditional and original songs, archive material and field recordings blend to create a record of the coastal communities that is touching, at times funny, always evocative.
We know of the man o’war and the famous admirals, of the great days of sail and Rounding The Horn. We’ve heard the shanties and the many shipboard expressions that are now part of our everyday language. Less known are teh stories of those who live alongshore, rarely sailing out of sight of land and making their living from inshore waters. The dangers they face are different to those of the deep sea voyager, but no less harsh.
Where the sea meets the land, events give rise to tales of conflict, as local folk struggle to make a living however they can and see their way of life and surroundings being swept under the march of progress.
It’s time to tell their stories, and to hear from them in their own words. Our focus is the Dorset coastline, but the stories are those of all coastal folk and have universal appeal. There are stories familiar, stories forgotten and stories unknown, stories re-told and tall tales sprouted from a seed of truth that have grown in the telling. And always there is music.