Recreation of Concert Lecture Tour of 1889
UNCLE TOM COBLEY & ALL
as explored by Dr Todd Gray MBE
Spirited, Surprising & Enlightening: hear in words and song the full story of Devon’s anthem
130 years ago `Widdicombe Fair’ was brought out of the public house and into concert halls and drawing rooms. It became the county’s favourite song.
The celebrated Concert Lecture Tour of 1889 is now to be reinterpreted in eight villages, towns and cities across Devon. For the first time the fascinating history of this ancient song will be told and audiences will be reintroduced to more than 50 variants, most of them long forgotten and some after hundreds of years.
Uncle Tom Cobley & All, a book by Todd Gray, will be launched in Widecombe on 2 September 2019.
The tour will visit eight venues across Devon and Exeter’s event will be at the Exeter Guildhall with the Exeter City Community Fund, tickets £5 at the door or in advance via the Guildhall 01392 265500
The tour schedule is as follows:
Widecombe-in-the-Moor, 7.30pm on 2 Sept
Crediton, 7.30pm on 4 Sept
Plymouth, 2.00pm on 5 Sept
Feniton, 7.30pm on 12 Sept
Tavistock, 7.00pm on 13 Sept
Exeter, 7.30pm on 19 Sept
Totnes, 7.30pm on 20 Sept
Appledore, 11.30am on 24 Sept
Full tour details are as follows:
Widecombe-in-the-Moor, 7.30pm on 2 September 2019.
St Pancras Church, with Widecombe Local History Society, featuring the Widecombe Singers &
Alan Rosevear, tickets £2.50 at the door. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Crediton, 7.30pm on 4 September 2019.
Holy Cross Church, with the church, featuring Mellow D, tickets £5 at the door or through
A. E. Lee, 17 High Street. Contact:email@example.com 01363 773669
Plymouth, 2.00pm on 5 September 2019.
Portland Square, Plymouth University, with the History Department, featuring Wren Music,
tickets £4 through The Arts Institute; Web: www.plymouth.ac.uk/arts-institute;
Tel: 01752 585050 (open Mon-Fri 1300-1700); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Feniton, 7.30pm on 12 September 2019.
St Andrew’s Church, Feniton, with Feniton History Society, featuring
Alan Rosevear and the Feniton Singers, tickets £5 at the door
Tavistock, 7.00pm on 13 September 2019.
In the parish rooms, with the Devonshire Association (Tavistock Branch & Music Section)
& Tavistock Subscription Library, featuring Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson, tickets £5 at the door
Exeter, 7.30pm on 19 September 2019.
Exeter Guildhall, with Exeter City Community Fund, tickets £5 at the door
or in person in advance via The Guildhall 01392 265500
Totnes, 7.30pm on 20 September 2019.
St John’s Church, Bridgetown, Totnes, with the church, tickets £5 at the door
Appledore, 11.30am on 24 September 2019.
Appledore Book Festival in St Mary’s Hall, featuring Wren Music, tickets £8