LIVE REVIEW: FLIGHT: Propellor – Hope Baptist Church, Hebden Bridge – 15th July 2023


Three members of the Propellor music group, Jack McNeill, Robin Beatty and Delia Stevens were joined by nature writer Mark Cocker and soundscape ecologist Linda O’Keefe with spoken word contributions, for a performance evoking birds and their migrations.

The music sometimes depicted birdsong, with its melodious patterns, and sometimes, in contrast, repetitive human-generated sound. We were told of the different kinds of sound in our environment, from humans, other living creatures and the earth itself, and of the long migrations of birds such as the bar-tailed godwit and the swift.

The effect was immersive and relaxing as well as thought-provoking.


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I came to Todmorden in 1979 with my record collection but have gradually become converted to live music