Voices from the Peak
[photo credit: Dave Sturt]
Last updated: November 2022
Voices from the Peak soundscape
Voices from the Peak is a series of audio artworks created by poet and recording artist Mark Gwynne Jones to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park (April 17, 2021).
You can listen to extracts of the first three audio chapters of this poetic soundscape via the links below. The full chapters are available on a double cd to buy from Bakewell visitor centre, or direct from Mark Gwynne Jones.
"This is a work of rare quality as timeless as its subject. I’ve spent decades producing radio dramas and documentaries and my indisposition to what I hear currently is now - overturned. Bravo!" - John Tams
“The fascinating quest of the poet Mark Gwynne Jones… an array of audio odysseys…” - The Times
Mark Gwynne Jones is currently developing three more chapters and a tour of Peak District village halls is in the pipeline for 2023, see Performances below.
Voices from the Peak is supported by the Arts Council England; the Peak District National Park Authority; and Derbyshire County Council.
Voices from the Peak: a journey through the Peak District in word and sound - enjoy the extracts from the first three chapters featuring the atmospheres, wildlife and stories of this strange and beautiful land of contrasts. Headphones recommended!
Chapter 1 - Burning Drake [extract] (MP3 file, 3.2MB) The story of forces underground that have shaped not just the landscape but also its people. Including the story of lead, how miners tracked and found lead through ancient methods such as plant lore and dowsing, and occasionally by spectacular means such as a 'Burning Drake' or shooting star.
Chapter 2 - Snow! [extract] (MP3 file, 5.1MB) Will our memories and stories of big winters in the Peak District be the stuff of folklore for our grandchildren? Or are we due some heavy snowfalls? Join us for a magical, Peakland journey through the white stuff and beyond!
Also, to accompany this chapter... rarely seen yet wonderful images of Peakland winters and the voices and stories of those who lived through them. Photos courtesy of Picture the Past.
Chapter 3 - Kinder Scout [extract] (MP3 file, 6.7MB) An evocative re-telling of our creation story, from the world's first water powered cotton spinning mill, to the Kinder Trespass, the creation of the UK's first National Park, and the now vital battle to heal the moorlands.
If you would like to be informed about Voices from the Peak and when future performances take place, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will keep your email securely and will only use it for the purposes of letting you know about the Voices From The Peak project. You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing email@example.com. If you would like to know more about how we look after your information, please view our privacy notice.
[photo credit: Sam Johnson]
Chapter 1, Burning Drake: Produced by Mark Gwynne Jones and Paul Hopkinson. Written and recorded by Mark Gwynne Jones. With music from PsychicBread - https://markgwynnejones.com/psychicbread-the-show/; Dave Sturt - www.davesturt.co.uk ; The Wyns Tor Singers - http://www.winster.org/pages/the-wyns-tor-singers.htm; and, Sjal - http://medeltidsbandetsjal.se. Special thanks to Tom Marshall; Alison Riley; Anna Kerr, Alan Swain; Russell Sims; Jo ‘Spice’ Blackwood; John Tams; Dave Goodway; Nigel Christy; Gavin Repton; and, John Barnatt.
Chapter 2, Snow!: Written and recorded by Mark Gwynne Jones. Produced by Mark Gwynne Jones and Paul Hopkinson. With music by PsychicBread - https://markgwynnejones.com/psychicbread-the-show/: Robert Dimbleby - http://dimble.by; Esther Swift - https://www.estherswift.co.uk; Hannah James - https://hannahjamesmusic.com; Ashley Hutchings - http://ashleyhutchings.co.uk; Ruth Angell - https://www.ruthangell.com; Talking Elephant Records - http://www.talkingelephant.co.uk. The poem ‘Thoughts of Snow’ was written and performed by Alison Riley. Special thanks to: Louise Swain; Tom Marshall; Alison Riley; Alison Foote; Anna Kerr; Christine Gregory; Sue Stones; and, Gavin Repton.
Peakland winter slideshow: Written and recorded by Mark Gwynne Jones. With music by PsychicBread; Esther Swift; Ashley Hutchings; and, Hannah James. Produced by Mark Gwynne Jones & Paul Hopkinson. Video montage by MGJ, Alex Ivanov, and Anna Kerr.
Chapter 3, Kinder Scout: Featuring: poet, Jo ’Spice’ Blackwood; local historians: Martyn Gillie; Nicky Crewe; Doreen Buxton; and, Roly Smith; former Virginian slaves Aunt Phoebe Boyd and Fountain Hughes former mill worker, Kitty Weston; evacuee Jean Johnson; rope splicer, Jim Driver; shepherd, Bill Brocklehurst; artist, Russell Simms; and key figure of the Kinder Trespass, Benny Rothman; members of Bakewell Youth Theatre: Arthur Johnson, Lilly Goodwin, & Alex Abrahams; volunteer ranger, Roger Waddington; and Chris Dean of Moors for the Future Partnership. The singer is Anna Kerr - with music by Nick the Hat; Alex Ivanov; Esther Swift; Ewan McColl; and Henry Hall. Special thanks go to Christine Gregory; Ali Riley; Tom Marshall; Alison Foote; and Simon Wallwork. Voices From The Peak is written and recorded by Mark Gwynne Jones; and produced by MGJ and Paul Hopkinson. With the kind support of the Peak District National Park; Derbyshire County Council; Cromford Mills; and Arts Council England.
- Visit Mark Gwynne Jones' website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Read the 'My Peak District' interview with Mark Gwynne Jones in ParkLife.
- Wirksworth Festival, Wednesday 14 September SOLD OUT
- Cat Asylum Brewery, Newark, Saturday 17 September SOLD OUT
- The Whitworth, Darley Dale, Friday 23 September SOLD OUT
A tour of Peak District village halls is in the pipeline for 2023. If you would like to be informed about Voices from the Peak and when future performances take place, please email: email@example.com. We will keep your email securely and will only use it for the purposes of letting you know about the Voices from the Peak project. You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to know more about how we look after your information, please view our privacy notice.