Where Dragons Lead


A few of the things we have been up to.

Where Dragons Lead, complete for now...

Tuesday 27th October 2020

Well, it's all complete, the last video is now up on You Tube, and the Book and CD are now for sale. It's been a wonderful experience. So many emotions, frustrations with the changes, and boundaries pushed, but isn't that what shapes us? so if you'd like to see the videos, our channel is here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfG2Bjn7wWNHVsZYXJ7T_dw (copy and paste into your browser) and the Book and CD are available to buy, there is more info on the Where Dragons Lead page, please get in touch if you'd like a copy. Take care and stay safe.

Where Dragons Lead Part 2 on You Tube

Sunday 18th October 2020

The second video is up on You Tube! Part 3 on it's way too.

Where Dragons Lead part 1 video now on You Tube!

Wednesday 07th October 2020

Our first video is up on You Tube! There will be a link to it soon, or google Cranesfield Bardic Arts, or search Where Dragons Lead. Enjoy.

The Booklets have arrived!

Saturday 03rd October 2020

We have a booklet too! Delivered from the printers today and filled with our words and Jo's fabulous pictures.

The CD is mastered!

Friday 02nd October 2020

Socially distanced collection of the Master CD today from Whalebone. They've patiently helped us on our debut recording journey, and now we have the CD to send off to be duplicated. So excited! We have an ALBUM!

Words collected and artwork added

Sunday 27th September 2020

So months of research, turned into songs and poems. The inspiration and reasons noted in Book form. The draft is ready for proof reading, then it will be sent to the printers! It's very exciting, seeing it all come together at last.

All these fields have names you know...

Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Walking the local fields, taking photos for the videos that we'll be creating in the absence of our sharing events. Celebrating the Autumn Equinox with our harvest of songs. All recorded now and being mastered ready to be sent to the CD people!

The path calls us on

Monday 03rd August 2020

During our research we came across the work of Lily F Chitty and her essay on the Clun Clee Ridgeway, an ancient trading route that takes it's path right across Clee Hill. We found that part of the Jack Mytton Way possibly follows the route of the Ridgeway for a while at Silvington Common, so we went to have a look. It is a path that calls you on. We had hoped to have had our sharing events and exhibition all organised and in progress by now, but of course, our original plan has been changed due to the pandemic that leaves us all so unsure of what happens next. We have been able to amend our plan to include videos of each piece that we produce, along with Jo Halden's gorgeous artwork. These will be on You Tube and there will be links on this website to them. We still hope eventually to have a proper in person sharing event or two, as a legacy to the project, but for now, we'll be going online. The CD and booklet will still be made and will be available as soon as we've done them.

Exploring as Lockdown eases

Saturday 11th July 2020

We wanted to visit more of the sites we had researched, way back in the Spring, but then Lockdown happened and we were left with the notes and photos we already had. We worked on a few pieces to keep the project moving and are getting those ready to record. Our original plan was to record them at a proper recording studio with the expertise of Acoustic duo Whalebone, but that was not to be. Instead, we have cleared a space and set up our own "Studio" with the recordings to be sent to Whalebone for mastering! We have developed new skills, and had our comfort zones expanded. Eventually, in July as Lockdown eased, we ventured out to The Devil's Mouthpiece, and chatted with the farmer about the local folklore and stories (socially distanced of course!) A few evenings later, we have a new song to record!

All these fields have names

Wednesday 03rd June 2020

All these fields have names, and we've been exploring them and their origins for our Arts Council National Lottery funded project #WhereDragonsLead. We've had to stay local, due to Lockdown rules, but we've been walking the lanes near our house and seeing the seasons change the way they look. Music and words and blending together, ready to be recorded for a CD for the project and the words and visual art by Jo Halden will be published in an accompanying booklet. We'll keep you up to date!

Walk down the lane

Monday 30th March 2020

Working on "Where Dragons Lead" by looking at the fields in our local landscape during Lockdown. This one is known as "The Bowling Alley" mostly fields with that kind of name are flat like a bowling green, but this one is a very obvious slope!

The first visual art

Friday 13th March 2020

Jo Halden's first piece for the project. Called "Acclimatisation" in reference to working with the research and sites we've visited.

Following the River Neen

Wednesday 26th February 2020

Finally a picture of the three artists together! Well, shadows anyway, looking into the River from the bridge at Prescott.

Strong Cold Winds and Rainbows

Friday 07th February 2020

This week we've been out on the land, accompanied by strong, cold winds and rainbows. We've walked through mud, looked across the land, listened to rivers, heard whispering place names, and taken many, many photographs.

Shropshire Place Names Experience!

Thursday 06th February 2020

We were honoured to be invited to an Educators day about the Place Names of Shropshire organised by the University of Nottingham, Institute for Name Studies. It was an amazing day with these three amazing people: John Baker, Jayne Carroll and Susan Kilby. We learned so much about place names and how to pronounce the Old English. Thank you for inviting us, it was brilliant!

Focused Research Day

Friday 17th January 2020

All hands and eyes on deck! All three artists, Jake, Jo and Suzanne, had a wonderful day looking at part of the Lily F Chitty collection. Miss Chitty was an archaeologist who was "a pioneer of mapping archaeological data". Her collection of drawings, letters and notes is a real treasure. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Shropshire Archives for their help and enthusiasm for the project.

First visit to Shropshire Archives in Shrewsbury

Wednesday 11th December 2019

A rainy day, outside, but inside amongst the maps and books, our research began!