“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.”
Dark Rose for Christmas reviewed by Write Out Loud
Could poetry provide a Christmas hit this year? The poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has teamed up with Little Machine, a trio of musicians that sets famous and contemporary poems to music, to create Dark Rose for Christmas – 10 album tracks of Christmas poems with musical settings. Little Machine have already added music to a number of the poet laureate’s poems – she has in turn dubbed them “the most brilliant music and poetry band in the world”. Read the full review.
Of course the same old Christmas songs will be blasting this year. John and Yoko, Wizard, and Slade will be grating on us before Crimbo is even over. Carol Ann Duffy and Little Machine have provided something for when this happens, something different and festively twisted…Read the full review of Dark Rose for Christmas in OXHC magazine
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.
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. Read more →
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 →
Here we are, full of mince pies and beer, performing our setting of Shelley’s sonnet at the ram Jam Club in Kingston. This was recorded by Peter Francis at the Rhythm & Muse Christmas Special, December 18, 2014. Unfortunately Steve is out of shot but his piano comes through loud and clear.