Wayfarers All – Walking Down The Sun!

Roots Community Singers at Ashby Arts Festival

Roots Community Singers at Ashby Arts Festival

ROOTS Community Singers will be taking their music to the by-ways of the Midlands this summer in support of an exciting new initiative to celebrate the momentous achievement which is the National Forest.

Wayfarers All is the title of an album of original music and song which is in the process of being compiled by Mark Knight whose band Green Fortune is well-known in the area and along with others, will also feature on the CD.

Green Fortune performing at Cooper's Tavern

Green Fortune performing at Cooper’s Tavern

To flag up interest in the album, members of ROOTS will walk the 75 miles of footpaths which make up the National Forest Way singing as part of their set the three songs included on Wayfarers All.

Starting at the National Arboretum Centre near Alrewas on the 15th June the choir will sing at prominent points along the Way before ending with a Grand Picnic and sing at Beacon Hill to coincide with the Summer Solstice, 21st June.

Anyone is welcome to join in the walk at any stage by ringing the organiser, Ruth Gillespie: 07753 149959.

If walking isn’t your bag, then there are three, free public sings where ROOTS, Green Fortune and other artists featuring on the Wayfarers All CD can be seen and heard in action.

Monday, 15th June, 12.45 pm
(Walk begins with a sing-off from ROOTS)

Wednesday, 17th June, 7.30 pm
ROOTS, Green Fortune and others take to the furnace stage
(Bring your own drinks and chairs!)

BEACON HILL – Woodhouse Eves
Sunday, 21st June, 7.00 pm
Be prepared to sing down the sun with ROOTS & others
(GRAND PICNIC – bring own drinks, food, chairs etc to sing down the sun!)

Where To Find Us On The Walk!

15th June – Alrewas – Yoxall – 5.5 miles (OFFICIAL SING)
The walk begins at the National Arboretum Memorial near Alrewas.
Meet 12.30 pm

16th June – Yoxall – Rangemore – 7.5 miles (lunch at Byrkley Garden Centre, Rangemore, DE13 9RN) and then on to …
Branston – 4 miles
Total: 11.5 miles

17th June – Branston – Rosliston – 5.5 miles (lunch at Rosliston Visitor Centre) then to:
Moira – 7.5 miles (OFFICIAL SING AT THE FURNACE AT 7.30 P.M.)
Total: 13 miles.

18th June – Moira – Hartshorne – 6.25 miles (lunch at The Bull’s Head, Woodville Road, Hartshorne, DE11 7ET) and then on to … Ticknall – 5 miles
Total: 11.25 miles

19th June – Ticknall – Ashby de la Zouch – 7.5 miles lunch at Weatherspoons … and then on to ….
Sence Valley (Ibstock, LE67 6NW) 5.75 miles
Total: 13.25 miles

20th June – Sence Valley – Thornton Reservoir (LE67 1AR) – 7.5 miles (lunch at Bricklayers Arms, Thornton, LE67 1AH) and then on to … Bradgate Park – 6 miles
Total: 13.5 miles

21st June – Bradgate Park – Beacon Hill – 7.25 miles (THE GRAND PICNIC AND SING)
Meet at Old John at 4.00 pm

Keep In The Loop!
The Wayfarers All CD is expected to be released during the coming months when funding has been secured.  We’d love to let you know when this is available so please sign up to our email list!

Article by Widdershins

Widdershins Morris dancer, writer, part time farmer and melodeon player. Author of several sheep keeping books and also Kindle fiction stories including THE INBETWEEN THE DIGFIELD CONJUROR HOW TO BOIL AN EGG    

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