Liskeard Storytelling Cafe Presents: The Dawn of Music by Jem Dick

Thursday 22 September 7.30pm

Once all music was sacred. Let’s go back to the beginning and remember.

How and why did we start making music? What stories do we tell about it? What did the first music sound like?

All will be revealed in Jem’s fascinating performance which includes his hand-crafted reproductions of ancient and prehistoric instruments from around the world.

In this combination of story and music, Jem weaves some of the earliest creation myths we have with music from his handcrafted musical instruments, replicas and reconstructions of finds from prehistoric sites.  Archaeologists now believe that music may have preceded the development of language in and was closely related to the earliest rituals and religious beliefs including shamanic practice. In many traditions storytelling has also long been linked to music right to the present time from the troubadours of medieval times to the bards of Wales and griots in contemporary West Africa. Jem’s performance takes us back to those beginnings of humankind by exploring our first and continuing relationship with music.

As well as being a storyteller and musician, Jem is a craftsmen and he has created the instruments he will use in the performance himself. Amongst the instruments he will be playing is a flute made from a swan-wing bone based on an original 8,000 years old and another based on a deer-bone original dated at 35,000 years old.

This event is being organised by the Liskeard Storytelling Cafe, please see their Facebook page or their website for more details.

The Hub Cafe, Liskerrett Centre, Varley Lane, Liskard, PL14 4AP
Age 14+
7.30pm
Tickets £6: Reservations 01579 324631
Supper is available from 5pm, please book in advance on 07811 002255