Famous poems set to music

“The most brilliant music and poetry band in the world”

Carol Ann Duffy

“Little Machine’s sophisticated way with poetry made me fall in love with old favourites and new ones all over again. They sing, strum, beat, get you tapping your feet, make you laugh and break your heart, every word sung clear as a bell. I swear the Bard himself  has joined this band.” 

Gillian Clarke

The Ferry ‘Achilles’

The Quiet Grave – Rupert Brooke on Skyros

If you want to sail to Skyros, the island in the middle of the Aegean where Rupert Brooke is buried, you must catch the ferry ‘Achilles’ from the tiny port of Ayia Marina, on the mainland. Nearby lies the beautiful and rarely visited temple at Rhamnous. The deity worshipped there was Nemesis, the Goddess who relentlessly punished human vanity, stupidity, mistakes and sins.

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A Blackbird Sang

CD ‘A Blackbird Sang’ WW1 Poems

A Blackbird Sang is an album of our settings of  6 poems with a WW1 connection.
The CD comes with a 12 page booklet containing the text of the poems, biographical information on the poets and our thoughts on why we chose the poems.
A Black bird sang costs £7.99 (plus P&P) from our online shop.
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Carol Ann Duffy

Carol Ann Duffy with LiTTLe MACHiNe Brighton Dome

Review by Emily Nutbean. (Age 13) for New Writing South

Carol Ann Duffy spoke for around an hour, captivating every single person as she read out her amazing poems; some from the point of view of the wife of a famous man, mythical or real. One of these examples is Mrs. Midas, who is left to deal with the atrocious consequences of her husband’s whimsical wish. Carol Ann Duffy made us laugh and cry; Read more


No Holds Bard – Part the First: Jo Bell and friends – Aug 22

A cabaret of voices and music, hosted by poet and broadcaster Jo Bell. Sometimes bawdy, sometimes baleful, always brilliant – join Jo and guests including (on this date only) poetry rock stars LiTTLe MACHiNe, at Bridewell Theatre, 14 Bride Lane, EC4Y 8EQ London. This is the first of two events. The two evenings will have an entirely different line-up except for Jo herself, who will be performing at both events. Book tickets

thame festival

Thame Festival – Oxfordshire – Oct 17

With over 30 events packed into one weekend, TAL Festival has assembled a feast of delights to engage your brain, your funny bone, your musical ear, your critical eye that will set your imagination soaring. We’re at the Players Theatre, Nelson Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 2DP 6:00pm, on the evening of Saturday 17th October. Visit the festival site for more information.