Aidan O'Rourke, Kit Downes & James Robertson


Commissioned by Edinburgh International Book Festival

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Words, music, the disarming drama of stripped-back storytelling. One of Scotland’s most celebrated authors, James Robertson wrote a story every day for a year, each exactly 365 words. Leading musician Aidan O’Rourke, fiddler of folk supergroup Lau, applied the same discipline to composition: a tune a day in response to Robertson’s stories. Now, alongside pianist and harmonium player Kit Downes, a heavyweight of the European jazz scene, they have created a piece weaving together their words and music referencing old myths, folk legends, everyday lives, hard truths, tender tales, and the alchemic power of storytelling.

Fri 12 July: Q&A with the artist.
Sat 13 July (both shows): No Q&A with the artist but an opportunity to hear more pieces from the series.

Venue: James Reckitt Room, Hull Central Library, Albion Street, Hull, HU1 3TF
Running Time: 60 minutes
Access: Lift access available. No parking on site. Cafe on site during the usual Library opening hours.
Wheelchair users: If you require a wheelchair space please contact the Box Office on 01482 323638 or email to book as places are limited.