Hello!! We at Threaded are an acoustic trio that create and perform original instrumentals and self-penned songs, inspired by world folk culture and re-imagined for a contemporary audience. We are: Jamie Rutherford (guitar/lead vocals), Ning- ning Li (violin/vocals) and Rosie Bott (clarinet/vocals)!
We are Crowdfunding as we need YOUR help to get our next studio album 'When The Raven Comes Calling' designed and printed, and some British Sign Language Sign Song videos to go with it!
THE MAIN PROJECT!
We have been working with Red Earth Theatre (www.redearththeatre.com) on their upcoming show 'Soonchild' which is set to tour this Autumn and Winter, and also during 2020! Red Earth create accessible shows for the D/deaf community and we have been commissioned by them to create the musical score for the show, and also to perform said score on tour with them which is incredibly exciting! We will be on stage playing, and will be involved with all the action as our placement is crucial for access!
As well as integrated onstage music with the piece of theatre, there will be a variety of access channels, including In Ear Monitoring System, British Sign Language and Creative Captioning. Along with use of Sign Song and shadow puppetry, this multi layered concept of completely integrated theatre is genuinely innovative and very exciting!! As far as we are aware, this level of D/deaf accessible musical theatre hasn't happened yet, so the whole thing is literally amazing!!
During a Research and Development period last year, kindly supported by Arts Council England, we worked with Red Earth and took advice from Music and the Deaf in order to create an accessible music score for the show. This period has massively influenced our writing, and has had a huge impact on how we view music. We have learnt alot about how D/deaf people can access music, through visual placement of the musicians, facial expression and movement, vibrations and instrument frequencies to name but a few, and it is amazing to realise that there is a way that everybody can access music, and that even hearing people can access music in ways that they don't expect!
We therefore feel that it is our responsibility as musicians to improve the access in our general performance, and we are really passionate about doing so. The Guardian wrote in 2018: 'With one in six people suffering from hearing loss in the UK and around one in 1,000 children born profoundly deaf, the lack of accessibility to live music for deaf people is a significant challenge, and deaf fans believe too little is being done to serve their needs.' We are trying to do something to change this.
Here is Red Earth's description of SOONCHILD:
'Dig out your snowshoes for an Arctic Adventure with live music and songs, 3D and shadow puppets, creative captioning, integrated sign language and song, plus the cosmic brilliance of the Northern Lights.
Set somewhere north of the Arctic Circle, Soonchild is the story of a shaman known as Sixteen Face John who feels out of step with the modern world. John’s wife is expecting a baby, but the Soonchild refuses to be born until she can hear the World Songs – special music that is essential for the world to exist.
So, John sets out on a quest which takes him through many life-times, and thrilling encounters with a constellation of cool characters and animal spirits – including the most magnificent of all Polar creatures: the Ice Bear. John must find the World Songs for Soonchild and save the world, before it’s too late.
So big-hearted, this show will melt an iceberg.
Soonchild sparkles with Red Earth’s dynamic performance style, puppetry and physical comedy. All wrapped around with exquisite folk fusion music from Threaded and the glorious light patterns of the aurora.'
Here is Soonchild from our Research and Development phase last July:
We recorded the main songs and tunes from the score, so we could transcribe them out as a visual aid for those who can access it, and we would now love to get them made into a physical album! As well as the music, the album will include artwork, song lyrics, some transcriptions and some of the inspirations behind the music! We really want to be able to take it on tour to the shows with us, for you take home with you, and as a memento of the show! We, really importantly, also want to get all the songs on the album made into Sign Song videos, so for any of the D/deaf audience that purchase the album, they will have extra visual access to the music.
The album is called When The Raven Comes Calling, and has 5 songs and 2 instrumentals. The artwork will be created by our very own Ning-ning Li ( https://www.facebook.com/nnliillustrations/ ) and the album will be designed by Tom Chapman, and together they are Chapman-Li! (https://www.facebook.com/chapmanliartanddesign/) We know it will be a gorgeous product!
Here is the front cover of the album:
Here are the other illustration prints available for you to purchase:
We cannot wait to share this project with you all and thank you so much to those of you who can support us; you are supporting something truly amazing!!