Echoes: Unearthing Stories of the Forest

by Ellie Wilson

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    A3 Graphic Score inspired by a c19th map of Loughton Camp. This work is track 6 (Ancient Earthworks: The Past has a Life in the Forest) on the Echoes album.

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Epping Forest’s 2019 Artist in Residence, violinist/composer Ellie Wilson, explores the history of her ancestors and the ancient woodland she has known since childhood in Echoes: Unearthing Stories of the Forest. This collection of new compositions is inspired by the human impact on Epping Forest through the centuries: Iron-Age hillforts, WWII bomb craters that are now ponds, and her ancestor Thomas Willingale – a local labourer who helped save the forest during the 19th century enclosure movement.

A mixture of contemporary classical, folk, and electronica, creating a haunting, textural soundworld that explores themes of lost and fragmented memories, lingering traces of the past and the spirit of place. Echoes includes a self-penned folk song, field recordings, and a graphic score based on a map of Iron-Age Loughton Camp.

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released November 8, 2019

Echoes: Unearthing Stories of the Forest was created as a sound installation for Epping Forest in 2019 with support from PRS Foundation’s Open Fund.

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Ellie Wilson London, UK

Ellie Wilson is a violinist/composer from London. Her work melds contemporary classical, folk & electronica, creating a haunting, textural soundworld that explores themes of lost & fragmented memories, lingering traces of the past. Ellie is a former member of 5-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees, Stick In The Wheel.

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Track Name: Enclosure - IV The Lopper and the Landgrabber
Enclosure came and trampled on the grave
Of labours rights and left the poor a slave
Each little tyrant with his little sign
Shows where man claims earth glows no more divine

It levelled every bush and tree and hill
Hung moles for traitors though the brook runs still
And birds and trees and flowers without a name
All sighed when lawless law’s enclosure came

Enclosure like a Bonaparte let not a thing remain
No rest until it’s torn apart, the landgrabbers' claim.

Old Tom made his living on the land
And at the stroke of midnight made his stand
He lopped a branch from winter’s leafless oak
To save the forest for the Common folk.
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Back to the inn he entered with the limb
And held it high before the crowd within
No Lord would part him from his ancient right
as he leapt the fence upon St Martin’s Night.

Enclosure like a …

The lords and ladies take what’s yours and mine
But lop a branch and you shall do the time
You’ll pick the tarry oakums, tread the mill
For gathering fuel to beat the winter’s chill

Remove those mind-forged manacles and see
The forest's fate depends on you and me
and beauty all around you’ll never lack
cos in the end we'll go and steal it back.

Enclosure like a …

words by John Clare (v1, v2, first line of chorus) and Ellie Wilson

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