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Notes From Shetland To Shanghai (Sophie Rocks)

By | Published on Saturday 24 August 2019

Sophie Rocks produced an enchanting performance here, combining her superb harp playing with poetry on the theme of migration and the unseen bonds between migrants over time and across the world. Heavily influenced by her upbringing in Shetland and her own research into migration, the music complemented the poetry (voiced by a variety of recorded speakers) beautifully. Particularly effective were those sections which evoked the dangerous sea passages undertaken by migrants over the centuries, with Rocks fully utilising the percussive potential of the harp. Dramatic shifts in mood were achieved through Rock’s skilful and committed playing. The final piece, ‘Leaving Lerwick Harbour’ (by Shetland fiddler Willie Hunter) ended a fine performance on a particularly poignant note.

theSpace on the Mile, until 24 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Charlie Ellis]