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Follow The Mellstock Band as they go their Christmas rounds in deepest Wessex, encountering strange visitors, pious beasts, wrathful squires and sweaty dancers. There are mummers, disasters, ghosts and curious musical instruments, all depicted in the wonderful words of Thomas Hardy and William Barnes.

The Mellstock Band return to their roots in a show built around the descriptions of Christmas festivities in the works of Thomas Hardy and his friend, the Dorset dialect poet William Barnes. As always the band perform in costume, with village band instruments of the nineteenth century, including fiddle, concertina and serpent.

The band comprises Dave Townsend (Director) on concertina and violin, Tim Hill on clarinet, Philip Humphries on serpent and Charles Spicer on oboe and cor anglais, with all members adding vocals.

Why “Mellstock”? Mellstock was the fictional name the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy gave to his native village of Higher Bockhampton in Dorset. His family were leading local musicians, who led the church band and played for dances. Hardy’s vivid descriptions, the players’ own manuscript books, and music from local tradition were the initial inspiration for the formation of The Mellstock Band in 1986. It seems fitting, therefore, that this festive treat of a show pays tribute to Hardy and his beloved ‘Wessex’.

Presenting the genuine sound of English traditional folk music – merry and majestic tunes, songs of love and laughter, carols and original harmonies, ideally suited to the acoustics and intimate atmosphere of Huntingdon Hall, this promises to be a fantastic, festive night out!

Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01905 611427

Huntingdon Hall
Tuesday 13th December at 7.30pm
Tickets £13.50
Box Office: 01905 611427