New Street Band is launched for Okehampton

New Street Band is launched for Okehampton

Okehampton Lanterns is back for 2024 – and we’re excited to announce that the procession will be led by our brand new Street Band. Book your place here After a break this year, Okehampton Lanterns makes a welcome return to the town in February, following generous...

New: Sing & Play group for young families

New: Sing & Play group for young families

We are delighted to launch our new Sing & Play group for under-5s and their adults later this month, with the first weekly session on Friday 22 September, 10am -11.30am. Sing & Play is led by one of our professional singers and musicians, Paul Wilson,...

Okehampton Folk Trail tells the town’s ‘hidden’ history

Okehampton Folk Trail tells the town’s ‘hidden’ history

One of our most ambitious projects for 2023 hits the streets on Friday 22 September, when the Okehampton Folk Trail is launched. The 1.5-mile town trail is officially opened at 7pm that evening, and we are inviting local people to come along and walk the route with...

Bringing music and memories to residential homes

Bringing music and memories to residential homes

Throughout our 40 years, we’ve been delighted to bring song and conversation into residential homes across Devon. Our latest visit – to River’s Edge Retirement Apartments in Okehampton – had residents joining in with some of the songs, discussing local folklore, and...

Add your voice to MenSing

Add your voice to MenSing

When we launched MenSing in 2015, we did so because we knew there was demand in Devon for men who wanted to sing folk songs together in a group - but didn’t fancy joining a shanty crew. We currently have 20 members, and we are seeking more singers to join us. The...

Wren Music groups wow Sidmouth Folk Festival

Wren Music groups wow Sidmouth Folk Festival

Sidmouth Folk Festival is renowned as one of the most iconic events on the UK’s folk music calendar, so we were delighted that Wren Music were invited to be part of it. Five of our groups performed in Sidmouth during this summer’s festival – MenSing, the Folk...

Wow, what a day! Here’s to the next four decades.

Wow, what a day! Here’s to the next four decades.

We’d like to say thank you to the hundreds of people who helped us to celebrate our40th anniversary at our ‘Folk Takeover’ of Exeter Phoenix on Saturday 29 July. From music-making sessions and sing songs in the bar, to our inclusive afternoon ceilidh and Celebration...

Our urgent appeal hit the target – in two days!

Our urgent appeal hit the target – in two days!

We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of the Wren Music extended community, following our urgent appeal for donations to get us through this summer. On 30 June, we launched our Bridge the Gap fundraising campaign to raise £7,500 – and within 48 hours, we’d reached our...

Rousing finale to Songs of the Exmoor Forest project

Rousing finale to Songs of the Exmoor Forest project

Forty young people from three Exmoor primary schools came together for a concert at Simonsbath Festival – a rousing finale to a six-week project with Wren Music. The children from Exford First School, Cutcombe First School, and Timberscombe First School worked with...

The tunes of the ‘Dartmoor Fiddler’ are revived in new tune-book

The tunes of the ‘Dartmoor Fiddler’ are revived in new tune-book

Twenty-nine traditional folk tunes that were collected from a 19th century musician who lived on Dartmoor are to get a fresh lease of life with the publication of a second edition tune-book by Wren Music. William Andrews, who became known as The Dartmoor Fiddler, was...

Teaching a new generation of oral historians

Teaching a new generation of oral historians

Wren Music have been working with schoolchildren in Sidmouth as part of a project which will see a collection of new songs performed at the Sidmouth Folk Week in August. Our oral historian, Marilyn Tucker, spent two sessions with Year 3 and Year 4 children at Sidmouth...

We’ve launched our 40 for 40 challenge

We’ve launched our 40 for 40 challenge

Are you up for a challenge in 2023?   To mark our 40th anniversary this year, we are launching our '40 for 40’ challenge where we are asking our supporters to choose something with the theme of 40 which they can do to raise money for Wren Music. For inspiration,...