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Where better to spend a dark and wintry November night than cosily ensconced in the grand Victorian surrounds of Darlington Library, listening to historical tales and literary-themed music performances. It’s exactly what Darlington collective Tracks are offering on Friday 22nd November in their event titled Hark!, as the library will be transformed into a unique event space, hosting performances which will celebrate the way stories and music inspire each other, with local historical and mythological figures at the forefront.

Each performer taking part has written or reinvented music inspired by a book or folk tale, some of which were specifically inspired by the North East. Headliners The Shining Levels take Durham-born writer Benjamin Myers’ superb novel The Gallows Pole as their inspiration, weaving tales of counterfeiting amid the stunning natural surrounds of the Yorkshire moors in their unique folk style. Storm Chorus breathe new Gothic life into traditional folktales based around love, revenge and rivalry, while North East orchestral folk band Nel Unlit’s forthcoming album takes its inspiration from Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel, World’s End.

Host Francoise Harvey will be joined by local author and radio presenter Bob Fischer, as they provide short readings to add further context to the tales, with the event also serving as a perfect way to support a beautiful local library.

The Shining Levels, Storm Chorus, Nel Unlit, Bob Fischer and Francoise Harvey perform at Darlington Library on Friday 22nd November


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