The Soundbite Performance Programme brings a diverse range of live music to communal areas of the hospital and wards. We have been working with young musicians from Live Music Now (LMN) and musicians from the Bath Folk Club (generously funded by the Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust) and Bath Spa University, as well as other local musicians.
Using feedback from the live musical performances it is evident that staff, patients and visitors appreciate listening to live music and it has been noted that the music helps calm nerves and anxiety for patients having treatment or visitors waiting for a relative.
13:45-15:30 Older Patients Wards (either Combe, Cheselden, Midford, Waterhouse or ACE)
For The Bath Folk Festival, the Wards that Musician’s visit have been selected by Musician in Residence, Frankie Simpkins.
Tuesday 15th August – Mac Seka
Mac Seka’s music takes the traditions of his native Senegal and interweaves it with musical influences from Mali, American blues and English folk finger styles to underpin his songs written in his tribal language of Wolof. His songs somehow seem to transcend the language barrier with tales of love, friendship, family and sorrow as well as the trials faced by those living in Senegal. He is joined by musicians he has met in his many years of living in Bath to create a dreamy aural landscape. His soft voice is like a Senegalese lullaby that takes you on a journey to his homeland.
Wednesday 16th August – Pons Aelius: a Celtic folk band from Newcastle (performing in the Lansdown Foyer 13:00-13:30pm)
Pons Aelius are an ambitious young instrumental sextet exploring the traditional and contemporary folk musics of Britain and beyond. With bold arrangements and an arsenal of instruments, the band melds age-old traditions with a fresh and innovative attitude.
Pons Aelius played to a packed out audience at the Bath Folk Club last year and have been winning many accolades, including the Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections. They play Celtic music of the highest magnitude with dynamic arrangements between the Highland pipes flutes, whistles, strings and percussion. The musicians are always having a huge amount of fun, which means that every gig becomes a huge party. In the line up is Bath’s own Tom Kimber, who first performed at the Bath Folk Club as a teenager. It was obvious then that he was set for a great path in music!
Thursday 17th August – An Dha: A Fiddle and Cello Duet
An Dhá are a Fiddle and Cello duo writing and performing folk music that combines styles and genres to explore the boundaries of contemporary folk music. They formed in 2013 at Trinity Laban conservatoire after Violinist Jaya Hanley and Cellist Sarah James visited the Isle of Skye and were entranced by the beauty and music of the Island. Their music has been played on shows including BBC Radio 3͛s World on 3 and BBC Radio Scotland͛s Travelling Folk. After winning the London Fiddle Convention Competition in 2016 they went on to win the Celtic Connections 2017 Danny Kyle Open Stage.
An Dhá means ‘The Two’ in Gaelic; two musicians, a Fiddle and a Cello, on a journey exploring life and music together. Their music is about their life and connection together and in November 2017 they took it a step further and got engaged on top of Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh.
Friday 18th August – Tell Tale Tusk: A four piece female singing group
The Tell Tale Tusk folk quartet are an all-female, contemporary folk ensemble performing original arrangements of folk tales old and new. Combining their signature three-part vocal harmony with melodious instrumentals, they bring a fresh twist to traditional music from far and wide.
Following in the footsteps of The Moulettes, Mountain Man and The Unthanks, Tell Tale Tusk’s take on folk is full of highly crafted harmonies, virtuosic voice blending and creative license.
24th August 2017 – Beatrice Newman and Rachael Elliot
Beatrice and Rachael are part of The Laurent Quartet – a vibrant and dynamic group of musicians who met during their years of study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Royal College of Music.
5th October 2017 – Paper Horse
Working together under the name Paper Horse, Zeb and Sam Haynes are brothers who grew up in a musical family on the North York Moors and have always made music together.
2nd November 2017 – Josh Doughty
From the age of 8, Josh Doughty learnt how to play his first piece of music on the Kora, a West African 21-string, harp. His initial lessons started at his home in Wales with his father. Watching and listening to the melodic instrument as a child, Josh developed a fascination for the Kora and a desire to master this unique and complex instrument.
If you are a musician interested in performing at the RUH or have any other questions please contact Musician in Residence, Frankie Simpkins – email@example.com