The Lacemakers: The Lost Art Of Telling

by Jackie Oates and John Spiers

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A radio ballad by Jackie Oates, featuring the songs and music of Jackie Oates and John Spiers, joined by Mike Cosgrave, and narrated by Jackie Oates, Molly Pipe and Nick Cope.

To celebrate the first private showing of a new video concert of songs and tunes about lace making, comes the digital release of 'The Lacemakers: The Lost Art Of Telling' exclusively to Bandcamp. Featuring the music and song, the ballad, explores the lives of the lace makers of Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire and their long lost tradition of lace telling - songs sung by the lace making girls to both learn the intricacies of the task and as an outlet for the tribulations of the time.

Please note: Songs and tunes from the radio ballad also appear as individual tracks on the album 'Needle Pin, Needle Pin'


released July 23, 2021

Jackie Oates - vocals, viola, spoken word
John Spiers - melodeons, claviola, vocals
Mike Cosgrave - piano
Molly Pipe - voice of Hannah Wilson
Nick Cope - voice of William Cowper
Richard Evans - voice of a bobbin maker


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Multi award-winning contemporary folk duo Jackie Oates and John Spiers meld together their love of English traditional folk tunes and songs with their voices and acoustic instruments, resulting in a fresh sound that is uplifting, joyful and poignant. John and Jackie began playing music together shortly after, through regular appearances at Nettlebed Folk Club ... more


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