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White Mansions - Revival of a Folk Opera
Jimmy Lee and Lee’s Company the heroes of the that time in both
launched the innovative folk English and American Folk styles.
opera cd White Mansions, at
Borders Books in London early White Mansions is performed
in July. The compelling story, live on stage occasionally with
a Paul Kennerley composition, two or three members, but
is told in dramatic song and most effectively with the entire
inter-linking narrative carrying company - ‘Lee’s Company’.
the listener on an emotional Lee’s Company are a 5-piece
journey against the backdrop of band with guitars, fiddle,
the American Civil War. mandolin, bass and accordion
and they recreate the album
Jimmy Lee was part of the live on stage complete with
embryonic folk scene in London sound effects and link dialogue.
in the sixties and cut his teeth Recently reformed with some of
alongside Ralph McTell, Cliff the original musicians they are
Aungier, Alex Campbell, Derek now available for concerts and
Brimstone, Johnny Silvo et al., festivals. www.whitemansions.
and was greatly influenced by co.uk
‘The Accidental Death of An Accordionist’
Moray-based theatre company
prospect of a major Scottish tour
Right Lines Productions has
this summer in conjunction with
shows scheduled at this year’s
Mull Theatre. The Fringe venue is
Edinburgh Fringe. ‘The Accidental
The Acoustic Music Centre @ St
Death of an Accordionist’ is an
Bride’s and this particular show
interactive ‘comedy ceilidh murder
runs from 4th - 23rd Aug 2008.
mystery theatre show’ written
For many years The Acoustic
by Euan Martin and Dave Smith.
Music Centre has been one of the
The show has reportedly attained
main venues for folk music at the
legendary status in the Highlands
Fringe and this year is no different
since its inaugural tour in 2001,
– check out their website at
and the company is pleased at the
www.acousticmusiccentre.co.uk
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