The Hosepipe Band with Blake Morrison

In 2015, Blake Morrison published  Shingle Street, a poetry collection which depicts the desolate eroding landscape of the Suffolk coast.

Inspired by this collection, members of the Hosepipe Band have composed  original music to accompany a selection of poems from the collection.  A full-length recording of these poems is now available from this website and at live performances in East Anglia during 2023 – see below.

Four sample tracks with the poems are read by Blake with accompaniment by the Hosepipe Band.
Dunwich (Music by Simon Haines)
 The Ballad Of Shingle Street (Music by Cara Bruns)
Covehithe (Music by Peter Nice)
Flotsam (Music by Val Woollard)

This video combines Cara Brun’s music with Blake’s reading extracts from his poem against a backdrop of the strange and background of Shingle Street beach on the Suffolk coast.


•  March 1     Blackheath Halls
•  March 17  Corn Hall, Diss
•  April 21     Two Sisters Arts Centre, Trimley
•  May 20       Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh /Tickets
•  July 28        Wivenhoe Music
•  July  29       Walpole Old Chapel
•  August 19 Folk East Festival
•  Sept. 30      Laxfield Village Hall
•  November 22  Cecil Sharp House, London


•  June 22            Westleton Village Hall
•  June 29             Felixstowe Book Festival
•  October 11    Two Sisters Arts Centre, Trimley
•  October 16    Blackheath Halls

Blake Morrison and The Hosepipe Band at Dunwich Museum July 2022

Previous performances – 2022
• June 1    Essex Book Festival – The Electric Palace, Harwich
• June 26  Felixstowe Book Festival – at Harvest House, Felixstowe
• July 1     John Mills Theatre, Ipswich
• July 9      Dunwich Museum
• July 28   Colchester Arts Centre
• October 15  Wingfield Barns

The  recording is available, in a two-CD digipak format from this website and from the band at the live performances.

CD 1 Blake Morrison reads his poems with musical accompaniment.
CD 2 The music composed and played by The Hosepipe Band

Buy this recording here.

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Blake Morrison’s writing

•   The Dark Glasses
•   The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper and Other Poems
•   Pendle Witches
•   Selected Poems
•   Shingle Street
•   Skin and Blister
•   Never the Right Time


Prose works
•  And When Did You Last See Your Father?
•  Things My Mother Never Told Me
•  As If
•  The Executor
•  The Justification of Johann Gutenberg
•  The Last Weekend
•  South Of The River
•  Two Sisters

More information about Blake Morrison
•  His website
•  Wikipedia


 Print and Kindle versions of Shingle Street are available from Amazon


for enquiries about bookings or the recording,
•   email:
•  phone: 07818 417780

An East Anglian Ceilidh Band