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Welsh wilderness - Harp around the World - Moonlight

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 April 2011

John McCarthy explores the pleasure of moonlight, talks to a musician who travelled the world with her harp and meets someone who spent 5 years in the solitude of a remote Welsh cottage without electricity or running water.

Producer Chris Wilson.

  • Neil Ansell

    has just published his first book, Deep Country an account of his experience of living on a remote hillside in Wales for five years. Having travelled for many years to more than fifty countries, Neil was offered the tenancy of a run down cottage in a secluded part of mid Wales for a minimal amount of money. Neil talks about the practicalities of day to day living without amenities, how he spent his time and how he dealt with solitude - until romance took him away.

    Deep Country – Five years in the Welsh Hills
    Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
    ISBN-10: 9780241145005
    ISBN-13: 978-0241145005
    ASIN: 0241145007

  • Sarah Deere-Jones

    has played the harp all around the world. She spent her early 20’s making three circumnavigations of the globe performing for the passengers on cruise ships. Sarah has written up her experiences in Maiden Voyage, notes from a ship’s harpist.

    Maiden Voyage - notes from a ships harpist
    Cornwall Harp Centre

    Find out more about Sarah Deere-Jones
  • James Attlee

    is a writer and works in art publishing in London. In his book Nocture, James recounts his journey far and wide in search of natural moonlight. He has travelled to Tokyo, Japan, to take part in a moon viewing festival, has been hoisted up in a crane to be lined up with moonlight beams outside Tucson, Arizona and witnessed a partial eclipse of the moon in Stonewall Hill in the Welsh marshes.

    Nocturne: A Journey in Search of Moonlight
    Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
    ISBN-10: 9780241144329
    ISBN-13: 978-0241144329

    Find out more about James Attlee
  • Music played in the programme

    Title: St Govan’s Bell
    Performer: Sarah Deere Jones
    CD: Soirbheas (Music for Celtic and Aeolian (wind blown) harps)
    Cornwall Harp Centre

    Title: Reaching For The Moon
    Performers: Jack Hylton and his Orchestra; Irving Berlin
    LP: Title Great British Dance Bands/Irving Berlin 1921-31
    Label: World Records SH / 353
    Side: 2 band 5
    Composer: Irving Berlin

    Cornwall Harp Centre



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