Lines meeting 12.X.2016

The Wee Red seems an appropriately subterranean setting for a musical accompaniment to this Lines research presentation.

There is NO speech, but there are six slides during this performance of East Coast Line. This instrumental piece was inspired by a journey from Kings Cross St Pancras to Edinburgh Waverley: the rail-link between two capital cities. On the station map, there are circular dots along the route, representing stations from North to South, like beads on a thread. But this tune really concerns the final stretch of the journey:

•Newcastle •Morpeth •Alnmouth •Berwick-upon-Tweed •Dunbar •Edinburgh.

Following the edge of land and sea, there is a steady rhythm of visual and aural incident as well as a succession of stops and starts. Viewed through the insulated window of a train compartment, these are framed perspectives and indentations within the topography of the English & Scottish border-lands.

The melody moves between three octaves in the scale of G major and the guitar is tuned to Open G, with harmonics struck at various intervals.

[East Cost Line was played at Jonny Hannah’s Mermaid Cabaret at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and at the ECA symposium, Shaping the View with Plume of Feathers and the Folklore Tapes.]


1: There is NO speech . . .

2: Line . . .

3: A Prayer in Spring by Robert Frost – Folio Society

The Nightingale by John Clare – BBC Wildlife

4: Bewick’s Swan – Jonathan Cape

Swallow & Dyke – Jonathan Cape

Lapwing – Jonathan Cape

A Bend in the River – Mr & Mrs Andrew Clements

Curlew – Magnus & Veronica Linklater’s Riemore map

Barn Owl border design – Jonathan Cape

5: Research . . .

6: The Boy Who Gave His Heart Away – Radio Times


Folio Society: 6000

BBC Wildlife Magazine: 50,000

Jonathan Cape: 5000

Radio Times: 750,000

Chambers Dictionary:

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