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A picture of folk music performars Sarah Owen and Paul Wilson

Adventures in Music for the Under 5s: Nice Warm Socks and Other Songs with Wren Music

Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Drake Circus
Friday 31 January 2014 from 11am to 11.45am

A unique interactive music event for the under 5s and their grown ups! Come and have fun and join in with this concert led by two of the finest folk music performers and song leaders in the South West. Sarah and Paul from Wren Music will bring songs from projects they have been involved with - from the hugely popular Nice Warm Socks to the more recent Songbox - as well as new tunes for you to enjoy.

There will be audience participation including singing and a chance to make an instant band! Wren Music will provide some instruments, but please bring along your own as well if you have them. Anything from shhooshhing shakers, tinkling tambourines or strummed stringy things are welcome!

Voices will be accompanied by a variety of instruments including guitar, piano accordion and fiddle. This one-off performance will also feature songs from the traditional Westcountry archive made by Sabine Baring-Gould as well as newly written pieces - we'll probably even make up a new song or two at the event!

Tickets are £4.50 per adult, and £3 for each child and can be bought online or at the Museum Welcome Desk by cash or cheque (made payable to 'Plymouth City Council'). Our workshops often get booked up very quickly so please don't delay if you want to make sure you've got a place! We regret that we're unable to accept cheques for less than £10 or any card payments. All children must be accompanied by a responsible, paying adult. Please note that tickets are non-refundable.

About our artists

Paul Wilson is a singer, composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He first came to prominence in the 1970s as a performing musician with the English vocal trio Staverton Bridge. Alongside his performing work, Paul has an illustrious career as a folk music educator over the last 30 years. His dedication to preserving, maintaining and creating traditional music was recognised in 2002 with the award of an Honorary MA in Music Education by Plymouth University. He and Marilyn Tucker established the educational charity Wren Music in 1983, which they run to this day. It has become a highly respected organisation with a ceaseless programme of folk development activities in schools and communities throughout Devon and beyond, involving over 30,000 participants of all ages each year.

Sarah Owen is a composer, singer and workshop leader with experience in a wide range of music making, including traditional music, combining voice with electronics, making music for dance and theatre, and more. With her duo Solarference she works with folk song and live vocal sampling using their self-designed technology. Recently she has devised and performed new collaborative works inspired by Welsh folklore with Human Beast. She is fascinated by the variety of vocal traditions and the possibilities offered by the sounds of different languages. This has been reflected in her performance work with artists from around the world. Sarah is a Community Musician with Wren Music, specialising in vocal work.

This event is part of the Adventures in Music series, which is supported by PRS for Music Foundation’s New Music Plus…UK.