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Folk music event set to raise funds for Wildlife

Last modified: 19 July 2013

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Much folk music undoubtedly draws inspiration from the natural world – Roxy Music: South Downs, Andy Roberts: The Raven, Bert Jansch: Blues for a Green Earth to name but a few.

But now two folk musicians from Brighton have decided to organise a folk event to raise vital funds towards the RSPB’s Giving Nature a Home campaign.

Emma Morton and Heather Minor are the duo who have planned and organised the Hollow Tree Fundraiser, which will be taking place at the centrally located St. Luke’s Church in Hanover, Brighton on 27th July 6.30 pm – 10 pm.

Emma Mortonsaid: “As folk musicians ourselves, we wanted to put on a fundraiser for the RSPB our love for this genre of music and our passion for the natural world.

“Brighton is home to some brilliant alternative folk artists, and as there is such a strong link between folk music and nature, we felt this would be an ideal way to bring in funds whilst enjoying some special music.”

Acts include local artist Mary Hampton, who said: “Supporting the RSPB is a wonderful way of amplifying the inspirational, but ever-quieter concert of wildlife sounds which we hear in the world around us every day, and of demonstrating a deep appreciation for its fascinating and varied performers. I'm very excited to be part of this event.”

Mary’s music has been described as, ‘songs of unnerving delicacy, elemental and acoustic simplicity...potent and enchanting’

Sticking with wildlife theme, the other two acts are ‘21 Crows’ and ‘Do you Feel what I feel Deer’ all in the peaceful setting of St Luke’s church.

There will also be giant games, a raffle, snacks, cakes and refreshments available on the night. Tickets are £10 with all proceeds going to the RSPB. Tickets can be purchased online at Eventbrite, at Resident (01273 606312) or on the door.

The RSPB launched their new campaign Giving Nature a Home last month, urging individuals and families from East Sussex and across the nation to act for nature in their own gardens.

The campaign comes after 25 wildlife organisations, including the RSPB, released the groundbreaking State of Nature report, which revealed that 60 per cent of the wildlife species studied has declined over recent decades.

Many garden favourites were among the creatures shown to be in serious trouble including starlings, hedgehogs, some butterflies and ladybirds. All are in danger of further declines unless more is done to provide better habitats.  

The Giving Nature a Home website will give everyone access to expert advice about helping nature in any outside space– whether it’s a huge garden or a small planting tub on a balcony – at

By visiting this website people can get their free Giving Nature a Home starter guide, help populate a map by telling the charity when and where they’ve given nature a home, and share pictures, tips and ideas with others. You can also find out more about what the RSPB is doing to give nature a home in the wider countryside.

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