• A Series of Seven afternoon soirees in the Longshed, Woodbridge, Suffolk

    Live music, words, film, art installations and more to lift our spirits!

    Come and join the events starting June 27th 2021 - Support the local arts and community on selected Sunday afternoons June - November 2021

    Tickets on sale now from EVENTBRITE

    Something to lift our spirits!

    Supporting the LIVE arts and music community.

  • Tickets on sale now!

    Tickets on sale now for the Spirit of Place Festival - seven Sunday afternoon soirees starting June 27th. We'll be looking after your health and well-being with restricted numbers so book soon via eventbrite - just £10 + booking fee, supporting the local arts and music community.


    Sunday June 27 - Spirit of Place

    Leave the darkness behind and celebrate the light of Summer with LIVE music from Psychedelic Celtic Folk Fusion band Aartwork, special guests Elly Tree and Mothership Voyage ; ‘Meet the Artist’ with Claudia Myatt; Installations, Poetry and more! It will be lovely to share this LIVE afternoon with you at last!

    There is a WAIT LIST for this event - Extra Tickets will be released depending on June 21st so do book now!

    Sunday July 4 - Spirit of the River

    Join us as we celebrate the Spirit of the River with music from Voices of the Deben - singer-songwriters, Stephen William Hodd, Peter Hepworth, the art of Claudia Myatt words from Julia Jones, video and more ...

    Sunday August 1 - Spirit of Calm

    Join us as we celebrate the spirit of calm and the ambient music of the area with renowned pianist Tom Rogerson, legendary electronic artist Richard Norris and the amazing girl in a gale playing synths from a suitcase. The Mothership collective will be mixing eclectic electronica, video art and East Anglian ambience live on radiomothership.com

    Sunday August 8th - Martin Newell

    The sounds of halyards provide the background for poetry and song from legendary Martin Newell plus special guests providing an eclectic and entertaining afternoon of music and stories from East Anglia and beyond.

    Sunday September 5 - Spirit of the Moon 

    Keeping the mind healthy, celebrating the Harvest Moon with Mindfulness from Martin Wilks, A special music 'in the round' from Oktoba, Phil Jackson and Charlie Law plus the beautiful Beowulf Moon installation with Mothership Voyage.

    Sunday October 3 - Spirit of Beowulf

    The link between Suffolk and Britain's oldest poem with leading authority Dr. Sam Newton. We revisit the music, poetry, projections and art from the Beowulf Festivals 2018-2020 and Sutton Hoo, with invited musical guests and artist in residence, Susie Hammond..

    Sunday November 7 - Spirit of the Rose

    Woodbridge's link to the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and Edward FitzGerald as told by Charles Mugleston. A special Persian Tea & Cake is included with live music and poetry for a perfect Sunday afternoon soiree. The music and artwork of local artist Nick Nicolson plus the Glass Thistles from Farlingaye School and Jan Pulsford's 'A letter from Woodbridge' - providing another fascinating link to the Spirit of Woodbridge.


    Aartwork are a psychedelic celtic folk fusion group playing original songs inspired by the Suffolk coast and their adventures with a boat stage. With a new post-lockdown line-up, Aartwork have added to their electronic effects and beats to evolve their unique style.


    EllY Tree

    “Quirky, intelligent and irresistable folk songs, performed with a driving ukelele and a voice that seems to summon up the gods.” “Sublime bass playing, beautiful songs, lovely singing, fab uke playing ..This is wierdly wonky punk folk.”

    EllY Tree are Helen Woodbridge: singer/songwriter/baritone ukulele and banjo; Andy Heasman: bass guitar/backing vocals/keyboards (and sometimes Merlyn)

    Claudia Myatt

    Art and music, sailing around the world and life on the river. Claudia will be showing and chatting about her artwork - 'meet the artist'


    JaN PuLSFoRD

    A long time electronic Composer, Virtual Performance Artist, SongWriter and Producer. In the 80s - 90s she toured as keyboard player with the Thompson Twins and Cyndi Lauper with whom she wrote three critically acclaimed albums. After running her own production company and studio in the USA she moved back to Suffolk where she enjoys being inspired by the River Deben and the creative community. She co-produced the ‘Spirit of Beowulf Festival’ where her music and projections lit up the historic Woodbridge Tide Mill and runs Mothership Studios as a virtual eclectic music collective and community radio stream. In between digital art and admin, she continues writing and producing music for independent projects. This year she is delighted to be producing the Spirit of Place Festival.

    Stephen William Hodd

    Stephen William Hodd is an artist with intense commitment to fearlessly mining the tunnels of the self using musical connection as the tool for revelation through the gritted restraint of a wide ranging voice, all deftly guided by a fingerpicking dexterity, loops and sonic explosions! He releases music on his own label Savage Acoustic Records in order to maintain his fiercely guarded desire for independent creative freedom.

    Peter Hepworth

    performing a unique and colourful collection

    of daydream excursions, spontaneous adventures, reflections of river life and the unsung encounters of an authentic troubadour existence.


    Julia Jones

    'Then momentum slowed; the sails sagged; the bereaved vessel continued floating up the pretty river as though she were a log [...] Skye went below and sat with Great Aunt Ellen as her body stiffened and her boat drifted onwards into the evening light.'
    This is from Ghosting Home. It's a piece of fiction but its truth comes from all those golden evenings that I've taken the last of the tide up river in Peter Duck and that final puff of wind has died away. If it were not for the river I would not exist. For this event I will choose and read some of the moments when it has found its way into my stories.
    Julia Jones

    Tom Rogerson

    We are so looking forward to Tom's piano playing at the Spirit of Place Festival - A Sunday celebration of all things ambient

    Richard Norris

    Richard Norris is a record producer, song writer, sound engineer, musician, DJ and author. "The electronic musician's electronic musician" (Electronic Sound magazine) His current work is a series of warm, electronic deep listening albums, on UK based label Group Mind Records.


    girl in a gale

    'My musical approach is like a photographer going out for the 7am golden hour: clouds with early sun filtering through, momentarily giving extraordinary colours to the trees and river. In my music I seek fleeting moments of harmony and rhythm: composing, conducting, performing, mixing and recording at the same time, as a solo artist.'

    - girl in a gale

    Mothership Studios

    Mothership is pleased to be sponsoring this event and showing videos and performances from members of the Mothership Collective.

    Martin Newell 8th August 2021

    Martin Newell

    Martin Newell is an English singer-songwriter, poet, columnist, and author who leads the Cleaners from Venus, a guitar pop band with jangly, upbeat arrangements. He is also regarded as a significant figure in the history of cassette culture and DIY music.



    Oktoba is the project of Brighton based alt folk singer songwriter, Chris Athorne. Captivating, emotive and honest can be the words to describe his music and story telling. His songs 'Chance' and ‘It must be love’ were recently used on the soundtrack of Love Island.


    Misery Gutz

    Misery Gutz (or Charlie Law as his Mum still calls him), is a singer-songwriter from Suffolk who sings songs that he’d like to listen to when he’s in a bad mood. He writes music inspired by alt-rock influences from across the pond like Wilco and Phoebe Bridgers whilst drawing influence from British 60s/70s folk acts like Nick Drake and John Martyn.


    Phil Jackson

    Singer / Songwriter extraordinaire and Rutles Keyboardist. Phil has written and produced songs since the age of 12, experimenting in different genres whilst writing in streams of consciousness. Phil is also a video artist and a published author, with his tales of touring, in 'Socks On (Life As A Rutle)' Phil also makes radio shows for Radio Mothership.


    Sam Newton

    Author of The Origins of Beowulf and The Reckoning of King Rædwald: The Story of the King linked to the Sutton Hoo Ship-Burial. He has lectured widely around the country and has contributed much to television and radio. He is a Director of the study-centre at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk and a Time Team historian.


    Spirit of the Rose

    Sunday November 7 - Spirit of the Rose - Edward FitzGerald & the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam - Woodbridge's link to the most famous poem as told by EFG expert Charles Mugleston. A special Persian Tea & Cake is included with live music and poetry for a perfect Sunday afternoon soiree with the music and artwork of Nick Nicolson plus the Glass Thistles from Farlingaye School. Another fascinating link to the Spirit of Woodbridge.


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    We look forward to seeing you in 2021.

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