Critically acclaimed soulful harmony group, Arcelia, is set to bring its lo-fi sound and original song writing to Norfolk this summer – and will give the first performance of a song which has been inspired by the archives at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. The band explain more below:
“Penned by the band’s songwriter Gavin Alexander, the new song aims to capture a slice of the lives of the people who were living in the workhouse between 1834 and 1948. The first live performance of the song will be at a special gig to be held in the chapel of the museum and will kick off the Workhouse Experience weekend on Friday 12 August.
Gavin said, “ It’s been wonderful to plunder the fascinating mix of social history, politics and very human stories of desperation and weave them into a new song for us to premiere in the chapel, which would have been a very significant space for the residents as it was the one place family members who had been segregated could meet up.”
Arcelia comprises the three very different voices of Gavin Alexander, Teresa Gallagher and Simon Foster blended with guitar and cajon and with Martin Elliott and Perry White on acoustic bass and piano.
Describing themselves as ‘lo-fi soulful folk’, Arcelia has built up a loyal following of music fans in their native Kent and London, regularly joining Chris Difford of Squeeze on his solo dates throughout the UK. Simon Foster is also a member of the acapella outfit, The Flying Pickets, which delights huge audiences across the UK and on the Continent.
Audiences for the two Norfolk gigs lined up so far are likely to be much smaller than Arcelia is used to but, as vocalist Teresa Gallagher explains, the band has a special love of playing quirkier venues.
“For us it is all about people getting together in more intimate, unusual places where we can share our music and exchange ideas in an informal atmosphere.
“On this ‘Pin Drop Tour’ we’ve played in people’s homes, village halls and even on boats! We love the intimacy that the smaller spaces bring,” she said.
Arcelia plays Starston Village Hall on Thursday 11 August and Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse on Friday 12 August at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 and are available from the workhouse reception desk or online from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/arcelia