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Voices from the Peak

Voices from the Peak - Mark Gwynne Jones

[photo credit: Dave Sturt]

Last updated: 30 December 2021

What is Voices from the Peak?

Poet and recording artist Mark Gwynne Jones has created a series of audio artworks to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park (April 17, 2021).

All three audio chapters of this poetic soundscape can be downloaded from the links below. The work will also be presented at events yet to be announced.

"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!

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 (MP3 file, 116MB) 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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Mark Gwynne Jones

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Chapter 1, Burning Drake: Produced by Mark Gwynne Jones and Paul Hopkinson. Written and recorded by Mark Gwynne Jones. With music from PsychicBread -; Dave Sturt - ; The Wyns Tor Singers -; and, Sjal - 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 - Robert Dimbleby -; Esther Swift -; Hannah James -; Ashley Hutchings -; Ruth Angell -; Talking Elephant Records - 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.

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