We hope life's treating you well and that the shorter days aren't getting down. Less than a month now, and the days'll be drawing out again - so that's a rather lovely thought!
We'll get right into the latest news, 'cos we've got some rather exciting announcements for you...! 😎
Our first ever music video!
At the top of this email, you may well have noticed a wee little video! Whilst we've put out stacks of live footage of us over the years, we've never actually produced an 'official music video' type thing for any of our songs and we thought it was about time we rectified that.
The song we've chosen is ‘Hwome’ - from our most recent album 'The Waters and the Wild'. The words of the song are adapted from the poem ‘Comen Hwome’ by the Dorset dialect poet William Barnes and the poem really takes the reader on an beautiful journey ‘hwome’ through the Dorset countryside.
And rather excitingly, the launch of this music video marks the announcement that early next year we'll be publishing a book of ‘musical walks’. 😊
A book of musical walks?!
Yes indeedy! You read correctly! 😉
The landscape of Dorset has inspired our music so much. We spend a lot of our spare time walking in some of the most stunning places and for a long time we've been wanting to share these walks with the wider world. So many people we've met around the country have some kind of tie to Dorset – and they speak of it in a kind-of fairy-tale way that we totally understand. That's what we're hoping to share in this book.
It's going to have 10 beautiful walks for all abilities, each the inspiration for one of our songs, and each one accompanied with with detailed instructions, stories, photography and hand-drawn maps.
We've set up a webpage with lots more info over at www.ninebarrow.co.uk/ninebarrowwalking. We're still putting the finishing touches to the book at the moment, but we are now accepting pre-orders which will be shipped as soon as the book is published in the spring.
Patrons of Lyme Folk Weekend!
And another thing we're truly delighted to announce is that we've been asked to be patrons of the amazing Lyme Folk Weekend. 😎
It's been one of our very favourite places to play since we first visited back in 2015 and being asked to represent the festival in this way really does mean the world to us. 😊
Already announced for next year: the incredible Sam Sweeney, as well as our own 'Ninebarrow and Friends' concert to open the festival on Friday night. For more info, make sure you sign up to the Lyme Folk mailing list over at: https://www.lymefolk.com/
Next year's dates are 30th August to the 1st September. Get it in the diary! 👍 😁
Until next time,
All the best,
Jon and Jay