This is a collaboration between two well established performers of folk song and folk story.
The centre piece is a performance of The Giant’s Daughter or The Battle Of The Birds, weaving music and song into this multi layered wonder tale from the Celtic tradition; it is a classic quest and trials story encompassing many themes. The music for the piece is self composed and arranged from traditional folk song by Bethany, the storytelling by Richard.
The performance premiered at last year’s Bath International Music Festival.
“Richard Selby and Bethany Porter’s recital “The Mouth of the Night” was a totally compelling mixture of story-telling, music played on cello and ukelele and enchanting songs. Richard Selby is a well-known story-teller and poet, and delves here into the world of Celtic “wonder stories” for the tale of The Prince of Tethertown and his wooing and marriage of the Giant’s daughter.
Porter is a classically trained cellist and singer. An accomplished songwriter, she performs with The Eliza Carthy Band and Jim Moray. Beth is one third of The Bookshop Band and fronts her own band: Beth Porter and The Availables.
Richard Selby is a compelling storyteller. He has appeared in the Bath Literature Festival several times solo and with Fire Springs, Storytellers of Bath. His third book will be published later this year; his first, The Fifth Quarter was published in 2008.