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Howard Skempton and Robin Williamson

Verity Sharp presents a varied music mix, including a special Late Junction session, featuring former Incredible String Bandsman Robin Williamson and composer Howard Skempton.

Verity Sharp with a late-night music mix, and, at around midnight, this month's Late Junction session, a collaboration between Celtic bard Robin Williamson, founder member of the Incredible String Band, and experimental composer and master of the melodic understatement Howard Skempton. Plus a motet by Bruckner, the Indian veena playing of Nirmala Rajasekar and a Russian folksong in the key of sadness.

Robin Williamson, Scottish singer, songwriter, Celtic harp player and Honorary Chief Bard of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, is best known for his work in the 1960s with The Incredible String Band. In recent years, he has devoted himself to reviving the traditions of storytelling in music, drawing influences from folk, jazz, early music and eastern music.

Howard Skempton also made an impact in the musical world in the 1960s, as part of Cornelius Cardew's Scratch Orchestra, which pioneered performances of experimental music by John Cage and Terry Riley, as well as compositions by band members. His recent music is characterised by brevity and sharp concentration, and has been acclaimed for its accessibility and focus on sonority. One critic has described his style as 'complex beauty under a veneer of simplicity'.

In this special collaboration for Late Junction, Robin Williamson and Howard Skempton are given six hours in the studio, and free rein to create any music as they wish.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Sigrid Moldestad

    Moldesatad: Uncle J

    • Sandkorn.
    • Helio HCD 7248.
  • The Incredible String Band

    Robin Williamson: Dandelion Blues

    • Their First Album.
    • Fledgling FLED 3076.
  • Robin Williamson (harp and voice) / Howard Skempton (accordion)

    The Praises of the Mountain Hare

    • Late Junction Session.
    • BBC Recording.
  • Anastasia Masloboeva

    Trad: Mareechka

    • Russian Folksongs in the Key of Sadness.
    • Leo CDLR559.
  • Cerys Matthews

    Trad: Dafydd y Garreg Wen

    • Tir.
    • Rainbow City Records RCMCD005.
  • Uakti

    Guimaraes: Earth

    • I Ching.
    • Point Music 442 037 2.
  • Wasonga Muga

    Wasonga Muga: Robert Opio

    • Something is Wrong.
    • Honest Jons HJRCD 50.
  • Leszek Mo?d?er (piano)

    Chopin arr. Mo?d?er: Prelude no. 26

    • Impressions on Chopin.
    • Naïve V5229.
  • Lucy Ward

    Trad arr Ward: The Two Sisters

    • Adelphi Has To Fly.
    • Navigator 047.
  • Vincenzo Vasi

    Vasi: Niente amore

    • Braccio Elettrico.
    • Tremoloa Records TRML005.
  • Choir of St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh

    Bruckner: Virga Jesse

    • Bruckner Motets.
    • Delphian DCD34071.
  • Caro Snatch

    Snatch: Up With Radiance

    • Til You’re No Longer Blinkered.
    • No label.
  • Marconi Union

    Talbot/Crossley: Untitled

    • A Lost Connection.
    • Just Music TA0027.
  • Chris Smither

    Knopfler: Madame Geneva's

    • Time Stands Still.
    • Signature Sounds Sig 2024.
  • Nirmala Rajasekar, veena/Raghavendra Rao, violin/Tanjore K Murugaboopathi, mridangam/V Suresh, ghatam

    Dikshidar: Akilandeshwari

    • Into the Raga.
    • Innova 230.
  • Robin Williamson (harp and whistle) / Howard Skempton (accordion)

    Phrygian Magnet

    • Late Junction Session.
    • BBC Recording.
  • Robin Williamson (harp and voice) / Howard Skempton (accordion)

    The Praises of the Mountain Hare

    • Late Junction Session.
    • BBC Recording.
  • Robin Williamson (voice and guitar) / Howard Skempton (voice and piano)

    Pineapple Pie

    • Late Junction Session.
    • BBC Recording.
  • Robin Williamson (harp) / Howard Skempton (accordion)

    For the Darkness

    • Late Junction Session.
    • BBC Recording.
  • Kamel el Harrachi

    Harachi: El Barani

    • Froots promo 34.
    • Froots 034.
  • Archetype

    Archetype - Trad/Baron: Oust et Lie

  • Louise Ebrel & Ifig Flatres

    Trad: Paskou hir ar c'hemener

    • Tre Tavrin Ha Sant Voran.
    • Coop Breizh CD 955.
  • Erik Marchand

    Trad arr. Marchand: 1932

    • Before Bac’h.
    • Dernière Bande Music 2004.
  • Huun‐Huur‐Tu

    Trad: Saryglarlar

    • Ancestors Call.
    • World Village 486107.
  • Lise Sinclair

    Sinclair: Lullaby ida MIrkenin

    • Ever Entrancin Wis.
    • Shetland Music SADACD001.
  • La Bellemont (Sara Ruiz, viola da gamba)

    Marais: La Rêveuse

    • Marin Marais La Voix de la Viole.
    • Brilliant Classics 93806.


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