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A Jolly Wassail

Join us in the greenhouse to make noisy shakers and wonderful wassail crowns, ready for the Jolly Wassail!

We’ll use recycled and natural materials to make percussion instruments, and craft beautiful decorative crowns to wear.

When everyone is crowned and happy with their home made instruments, we will learn songs from our wonderful wassailing musicians the Appleheads and the Norfolk Broads.

Then we will sing to our fruit trees and make as much noise as possible, to ‘wake up’ the sleeping trees and scare away any bad spirits. Our wassailing will make sure we have a bountiful harvest in 2019!

There will be plenty of tea, mulled cider and apple juice throughout.

This is a workshop for all ages.

What to bring: warm clothes, torches and any noisy instruments you fancy bringing along!

Exit from Brockwell Park via the Lido Gates at the end of the event.

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Germa Adan with Merlyn Driver – Gig at the Greenhouses

We are delighted to welcome this Nest Collective gig at the Greenhouses.
Germa Adan

Germa Adan, who writes and performs a tapestry of rich vocal and stringed harmonies, is influenced by the overlapping identity with cultures, especially so in the Haitian, American and British folk influences that colour her sound. Her music is also a reflection of her eclectic and diverse life experiences, including her classical music training. She is well known for her unique use of the violin as an accompaniment to her vocals, using delicate yet intricate rhythm and harmonies.

“Her sound is captivating and honest” – Folkroom London

Merlyn Driver

Merlyn Driver was born and raised in Orkney (a group of small islands in the north of Scotland), on a smallholding without mains electricity, and didn’t go to school until his early teens. This unconventional upbringing continues to inform his music, which is influenced not just by Celtic folk but also a reverence for nature, open space and different musical traditions and genres from around the world.

Please book your tickets here

We will be serving food and drink on the night. We have plenty of chairs, but do bring a warm jumper +/coat!

 To find us, follow the signs in the park to the Community Greenhouses. We are between the Tennis Courts and the Walled Gardens. 

At the end of the event, you will leave by the Lido Gate Exit of the park so if driving, it is best to park your car on or near Dulwich Road near the Lido.

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The week’s tasks with a little Christmas sparkle

This week in the garden, all around the site, we need to rake up our leaves and sweep the paths. The lower garden decking needs a thorough clear off of mulberry leaves. We will add these leaves to our leaf mould pile. In 2 years we should have great broken down leaf mould for mulching […]

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Rachel Sermanni and Courtney Hartmann Gig

We are delighted to welcome this Nest Collective gig at the Greenhouses, tonight with the wonderful Rachel Sermanni and Courtney Hartman

The folk-noir-balladeer Rachel Sermanni is from Carrbridge, a village in the Highlands of Scotland. Now 24, Rachel has toured since the age of 18: in Europe, Canada, Australia and even India. She has released two studio albums, one live album (recorded in the Yukon, only 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle) and three EPs. Rachel’s sophomore studio album, ‘Tied To The Moon’, was released in July 2015 and exhibits her creative growth as she delves into a deeper, more rhythmic flavour of sonic poetry.

All Rachel Sermanni’s records have been released on Middle of Nowhere Recordings, a label she helped create with Robert Hicks, who lives in beautiful Ullapool in the North West. MONrecordings is now an established label with a growing roster of artists.

Minimal, Murky, Magnificent’ – MOJO Mag

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Courtney Hartman

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Courtney Hartman started playing guitar at the young age of eight, after having already spent several years on the fiddle and mandolin. Her early years were spent steeped in American Roots music, and today she has fused a diverse range of influences from Norman Blake to Bill Frisell, creating music that acknowledges and pays homage to her roots, while pushing beyond its defined boundaries.

Courtney was recently nominated by the Americana Music Association for 2017 Instrumentalist of the Year, following the release of her solo project ‘Nothing We Say’. Her songs are flush with intimate ruminations on her life as a travelling musician and a deep curiosity about the world around her. The luminous EP delivers on the promise always apparent in her work as a guitarist and songwriter for Della Mae, the Grammy-nominated string band, along with her collaborations with Bryan Sutton, Jim Lauderdale, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Mike Campbell, among others.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine lauds Courtney as a “distinctive guitar stylist… and a songwriter that delights and disturbs.”

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Please book your tickets here

We will be serving food and drink on the night. We have plenty of chairs, but do bring a warm jumper +/coat!

 To find us, follow the signs in the park to the Community Greenhouses. We are between the Tennis Courts and the Walled Gardens. 

At the end of the event, you will leave by the Lido Gate Exit of the park so if driving, it is best to park your car on or near Dulwich Road near the Lido.

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Idumea Quartet Gig at the Greenhouses

Appalachian folk music under-laid by minimalism and chamber music; fabulous string playing combined with beautiful harmonized singing and the result is Idumea – a sound which is as high and lonesome as it is symphonic.

The Idumea Quartet is: Jane Rothfield and Ewan Macdonald on fiddle, Becka Wolfe on viola, Nathan Bontrager on cello.  The name Idumea is taken from song 47b from the Sacred Harp tradition of choral music.
A full-length recording project is currently underway but in the meantime, Have a pre-listen to Idumea’s fantastic take on Sally Ann here

We will be serving Appalachian fare – bean soup and corn bread – and running a botanical bar serving drinks and snacks so arrive any time from 5pm to enjoy these with a stroll around the gardens when you can also admire our Gorgeous Gourds exhibition.  We have plenty of chairs, but do bring a warm jumper!

 To find us, follow the signs in the park to the Community Greenhouses. We are between the Tennis Courts and the Walled Gardens. 

At the end of the event, you will leave by the Lido Gate Exit of the park so if driving, it is best to park your car on or near Dulwich Road near the Lido.

Online ticket purchase is now closed but you can buy tickets on the gates any time today!

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