Oli and Daniel back at the National!

Daniel Morden and myself will be back at the National Theatre this summer for the 4th year running. We will be performing throughout the day on the 30th of July and have a great selection of tales and tunes for all the family - look forward to seeing you there!


Make Tomorrow Tune is here!

Hi Everyone,

Below you can hear a simple recording of the 'Make Tomorrow' tune. You can combine it with the lyrics you wrote and you've got a song!

Have fun and let us know how you get on!


Oli & Luke

Make Tomorrow Today - school song lyrics

Over the last week Luke and I have been visiting various schools around South Wales with our interactive concert. During the concert we write new verses for a song. The words to the chorus went like this:

Make tomorrow make tomorrow
Make tomorrow today
Make tomorrow make tomorrow
The ....... primary way

We have been really impressed with the creativity of the students at all of the schools and have decided to write down a few of the outcomes here...

St Thomas Primary, Swansea:

St Thomas Schools is very new
Make tomorrow today
St Thomas School is beautiful

Ian McMillan Recording

A few shots from our recent Ian McMillan Orchestra recording. Stiwdio Felin Fach, May 2010.

A great summer of gigs

The Devils Violin have an exciting summer coming. First up is Hay Festival

Hay is an extraordinary event. We're privileged to be a part of it. It is hard to think of another festival so packed with ideas and inspiration. Scientists, historians, politicians, comedians, activists, musicians, film- makers...and storytellers. Hay has been a strong advocate for the artform. Ben Haggarty is also in the lineup, telling stories that inspired his wonderful graphic novel MeZolith.

Gwaenysgor go the extra mile

Its really touching to see the lengths some venues will go to to create a real sense of occasion for performances. My camera phone doesn't really do justice to this burning tree and sack full of secrets created by the team at Gwaenysgor village hall.

The Singing Bones, better than an election debate!

We were really struck by this creative advertising for our gig in Abertridwr on the 15th April 2010.

The Singing Bones Sell-out at Hay Literature Festival

The Devil's Violin company will be performing The Singing Bones to a capacity audience at Hay Lit Fest on the 3rd June 2010. Those in the area hoping to come along and see them may wish to go to Living Willow Theatre on the 5th June instead (see details in the Upcoming gigs list on the right of this page). Otherwise have a brows through some of the festivals other offerings at www.hayfestival.com.

This years staggering Hay Festival line-up includes Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf and playwright Tom Stoppard.

The Ian McMillan Orchestra at The Sage Words and Music Festival 2010

The Ian McMillan Orchestra (TIMO) has just finished performing at The Sage's first festival of Words and Music. Ian and Luke were co-curators of the festival and invited such luminaries as Randy Newman and Don Maclean to come and perform. TIMO performed a gig in Hall 2 which went down a storm, with its usual vibrant mix of humour, improvisation, nostalgia and moments of tenderness.

TIMO at The Barbican

TIMO played a lovely gig at The Barbican on 12th May 2010. Ian and I had previously been working with a group of young poets and Guildhall music students to create new works of Words and Music. We performed these on the 11th May and the results were really well received by an audience in The Pit at The Barbican. The theme of the new poems, was, believe it or not, carpets and floor coverings! Our first workshop was in a really blank meeting room in The Barbican. When we looked down the slightly psychedelic carpet patterns started boggling before our eyes. We had found our inspiration.

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