Tim Hill is a musician, composer, and performer who specialises in outdoor celebration and performance. He plays saxophone in a wide variety of contexts, leads bands, writes and arranges music and works as musical director for outdoor shows. He also creates and produces outdoor celebrations and researches traditions of celebration, outdoor performance and street music.
From 2009 to 2012 he worked in Somerset creating projects for the Cultural Olympiad as part of the Arts Council Somerset RFO team based at the Brewhouse in Taunton. During 2012 he was musical director for The Battle for the Winds show on Weymouth Beach and The Berkshire Giant finale for Newbury Corn Exchange. As well as for projects with Salisbury International Festival, Oxford Story Museum, Durham Brass Festival, Macnas and Huddersfield Festival of Light.
For the last twenty years he has played in the Melstock band, recreating and researching the English rural music making of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The band has appeared in many film, television and radio productions including the recent BBC Tess of the D’urbevilles and the classic Pride and Prejudice. In 2008 they were artists in residence at the Boston Revels and in 2010 at the Washington DC Revels.
Tim also works as an improviser and experimental musician in a wide variety of settings.
Since 1995 Dave Young has been gently tweaking the knobs of reality, trans-muting found, used, discarded and recycled materials into strange and unexpected new forms. He has worked as a sculptor, animator, junk alchemist, blacksmith, metalworker, pyro-technician, set-builder, puppeteer and workshop leader.
He has worked with pioneering celebratory arts company Welfare State International and many other arts companies and organisations including Liverpool Lantern Company; Walk the Plank; Oxford Contemporary Music; Newbury Corn Exchange, Cirque Bijou and Pa-Boom.
Since December 2008 he has formed an on-going working relationship with Macnas in Galway, Ireland, working with Artistic Director Noeline Kavanagh and her team to develop new styles of work for street theatre, procession and outdoor performance.
In 2008 with Tim Hill he co-founded the company Rag and Bone to explore processional traditions and outdoor performance; in the last few years Dave’s work has increasingly focussed on building articulated giant puppets and beasts, processional vehicles, dream machines and large scale fire and pyrotechnic creations.He dreams of one day making small, lightweight, self-rigging things.
He is based in West Yorkshire, UK.
Geraldine is a listener, a watcher and a (constructive) critic, often found in theatres, festival crowds and with her nose in a book. Marketing for Rag and Bone requires digging and discovery, sculpting and rendering, whispering and transmitting and a little dreaming too. Geraldine has worked for many years with the inimitable Cirque Bijou, and through her work on their large scale project Battle for the Winds in 2012, she met Tim and Dave and the Rag and Bone team, joining them in 2013 as Bone Yard Tales turned from a dream into a reality.