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Peter Chand

Trespassing in Paradise

Storytelling and traditional music go hand-in-hand in Festival at the Edge. In fact street theatre, puppetry, children's entertainment and craft demonstrations are just as much part of the picture. Here we feature a preview of a major new commission.

Festival at the Edge is a unique annual event in that it combines traditional art forms in a weekend that is in equal measure stimulating and relaxing.

FatE attracts the folk festival afficionados with top class acts - this year Trans Global Underground, Julie Félix, Cloudstreet, Keith Donnelly, Tim Van Eyken's new band and Kerfuffle feature.

Then the folkies get to experience the world of story telling. For 2006 the line-up includes Shonaleigh, Grace Hallworth, Tuup and for the first time in the UK, Australian Martin Pearson will be doing his bit to bridge the music/ story divide.

Every year Festival at the Edge commissions new major story telling pieces. The first of these for 2006 are Sharon Jacksties and Jem Dick's A Tongue of Stone. This is a storytelling and music project with musical instruments made especially for the piece.

The other commission, Peter Chand's Mangoes on the Beach was previewed at Much Wenlock's Edge arts centre on Saturday 17 June.

Peter Chand's Mangoes on the Beach

Don't ever let anybody tell you that storytelling is boring, don't ever let anybody tell you it isn't relevant. Peter Chand's hour-long narrative seamlessly flows between his personal story and traditional Punjabi folk tales.

We learn how Peter's Punjabi family came to be in Wolverhampton and we hear of how the young man captured the heart of the girl who jingle-jangled as she walked.

Along the way we hear of the cat who had difficulty telling the difference between Bombay mix and cat litter, and we are surprised to hear the king of the pigeons speak with a broad Black Country accent - in fact Peter seemed surprised at this too - stories have a way of doing that - taking a life of their own and taking the storyteller with them.

Traditional stories are never static, they evolve and develop. If you want to hear how this one turns out, go to Festival at the Edge at Stokes Barn Much Wenlock on the weekend of 14 to 16 June. For more details call 01939 236626.

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