[photo credit: Dave Sturt]
Last updated: 13 January 2021
What is Voices From the Peak?
Poet and recording artist Mark Gwynne Jones is creating a series of audio artworks to celebrate the upcoming 70th birthday of the Peak District National Park (April 17, 2021).
The first two chapters of this poetic soundscape can be downloaded from the links below. The work will also be presented at events yet to be announced in 2021.
"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
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 - featuring the atmospheres, wildlife and stories of this strange and beautiful land of contrasts. Headphones recommended!
Chapter 1 - Burning Drake (MP3 file, 18.7MB) 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! (MP3 file, 16.6MB) 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!
Chapter 3 - Kinder Scout (to be released 17th April, 2021). The 70th birthday of the Peak District National Park. 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.
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[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.
- Visit Mark Gwynne Jones' website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Read the My Peak District interview with Mark Gwynne Jones in ParkLife.
Performance dates for 2020 and 2021 yet to be announced.