Sensing the Park

by Shona Mooney

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Anita Botman The cd version comes with a map. On this map, you can trace the journey of the music. One of the things I love about folk music is it's connection to the land. This music has strong bonds. It's an ode to the park and it couldn't ask for a better one. The music is diverse and unexpected at times, but it stays true to it's roots.
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    New music inspired by the Northumberland National Park. This recording has been made possible with support from Northumbrian Exchanges, a knowledge exchange project based at Newcastle University.

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Sensing the Park: New music inspired by the Northumberland National Park

Northumberland National Park, in the North East of England, is an area of protected countryside that everyone can visit and where people live, work and shape the landscape. It is home to a rich array of wildlife and unspoilt surroundings. 10,000 years of human history can be explored through the many archaeological sites ranging from the remote Cheviot Hills and prehistoric monuments to the World Heritage Site of Hadrian's Wall and the remains of Border reiver bastles. Culturally Northumberland has strong links to Lowland Scotland sharing language, songs, tunes and dance. Discover its dark skies, rare red squirrels, beautiful bogs and magical myths.

In 2014 I was commissioned by Newcastle University (Arts & Humanities Research Council funded Northumbrian Exchanges project) to write new music that would convey the distinct character of the Northumberland National Park. After visiting some of the most spectacular sites in the park I began to realise each region of the park has its own atmosphere, mood and story. Sensing the Park has taken inspiration not only from the landscape but local musicians, history, myths and conservation issues. I hope these new compositions ignite your curiosity to visit the Northumberland National Park first hand and connect deeply with its remote landscape that is steeped in history, culture and myth.

This album was recorded live in one room on a few chilly days in January 2015. All of the musicians are graduates from IcMus and the BMus Folk and Traditional Music Degree at Newcastle University. It was made possible with funding from the Newcastle University Institute for Creative Arts Practice, Northumbrian Exchanges and Northumberland National Park (Heritage Lottery Funding: The Sill).


released October 24, 2015

Shona Mooney: fiddle
Paul Knox: Northumbrian pipes, fiddle
Amy Thatcher: piano accordion
Andy Watt: guitar, mandolin
David de la Haye: bass, electronics

Thankyou to all of the musicians who have interpreted my scores stunningly whilst adding their own individual expression and creativity. It has surpassed all of my expectations. Thanks to John Nichol who brought Black Adam of Cheviot to life in such a dramatic way and to Roberto Fernández Castro for the sleeve design. I also want to express my sincerest gratitude for the support I have received from Agustín Fernández and Andrew Miller (Northumbrian Exchanges in association with the Northumberland National Park). I cannot thank you all enough for the wonderful experience I have had over the past few months, and most of all, for putting your trust in me to compose new music for this project.

Recorded 5-7th January 2015 in the Newcastle University Music Studios
Produced by Shona Mooney & David de la Haye
Engineered/Mixed/Mastered by David de la Haye
Sleeve Design by Roberto Fernández Castro



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Shona Mooney Scotland, UK

Shona Mooney grew up in the Scottish Borders surrounded by both traditional and classical music and has been playing fiddle since age 7. A receipient of the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award she has recently been commissioned to write new music for radio, the 1927 silent film Annie Laurie and the Northumberland National Park. ... more

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