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Burning Bright

Burning Bright is a night-time procession for street, town & festival sites. From the forests of the night and the sinews of the heart comes a scrapyard menagerie of illuminated beasts & creatures accompanied by musical towers, performers, lights, & pyrotechnics. Forged in the wild places of the human imagination, Burning Bright combines high intensity animation of beasts & puppets; live music and sound and dazzling, atmospheric pyrotechnics. This is a bestiary that roars out from the page and onto the streets in a constellation of energy and delight.

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photo of obby oss and beastBurning Bright mini Sketch


Tatterdemalion Grove

Tatterdemalion Grove is a world to wander in day and night, a wasteland garden of kinetic sculptures and animated detritus, for green or empty spaces, festival sites, abandoned car parks and urban wastelands. The installation features the Umbrella Tree, an absurd mechanical contraption of motor driven umbrellas and the Hurly Burly, a mobile sound sculpture, sonic amusement and junkyard delirium.

Inside the grove we will be a menagerie of small synthesizer and sound making devices; a collaboration with Farmer Glitch, creator of bespoke hand held electronic instruments. These will be hanging from carousels & structures and with both portable & static speakers we will create an ever changing live soundtrack & audio playground. The Grove will involve workshop and interactive elements, for example culminating in a noisy Wassail and communal performance every evening.

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Tatterdemalion Grove concept sketch


Skimmity

Skimmity is a processional delirium of wild music, mobile towers & sound sculptures, pyrotechnics and performers. Drawing on traditions of noise in ritual and celebration, free jazz, street music and sound art, Skimmity brings a right riotous racket to your streets.

Strange noises fill the air: the skronk of the saxophone, the thunderous funk of percussion, the parping of horns, hooting of sirens, clanging of bells and wafting columns of coloured smoke announce the arrival of Skimmity…”

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photo collage of Skimmity paradeSkimmity concept sketch


The Orchard Knows a Thing or two…

Photo of Tim Hill and the Big Noise Wassailling in a Somerset orchardIt’s Wassail time, and Tim Hill’s been busy scaring evil spirits away from the Orchards of Somerset and Devon. He’s pictured above with the Big Noise street Band at a wassail in Taunton. All hail the Mighty Apple, and the golden alchemy of Cider! The orchard knows a thing or two…


Hurly Burly and other Ballyhoo

hurly burly kinetic sound sculpture in Marsden Jazz Festival Parade

The Hurly Burly and Hullabaloo of work and life has meant we’ve been sorely neglecting the blog of late. Well we got the plumbers in, removed the blockage from the blog and it should be running freely now….

Some video footage and photos of some of the shenanigans we’ve been up to is available

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtxKbUprFZA

Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WojH0beKXoI

and Here: http://www.examiner.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/thousands-jazz-fans-flock-norths-7921836

Since then we’ve also been working with our friends Macnas in Galway and Dublin – we’ll post more about our adventures there soon…


The Ghost Horn

The Ghost Horn from Rag and Bone on Vimeo.

We’ve recently posted some newly found footage of one of our favourite shows from the last few years onto Vimeo. The Ghost Horn was a watery lament and processsion held in 2 locations in Taunton and Bridgewater in 2012. We think it has further potential and we’re keen to re-invigorate and revive it for other locations – canals, rivers, marinas and lakes.


New Ventures

Having finally clawed and crawled our way out of Hibernation in the Boneyard, we’re unleashing a raft of fantastic new business ventures on the unsuspecting year.
We’re starting off with our new  Dental and Oral Hygiene service for Processional Beasts, Giants and Creatures (see below)

A Dentist inspects the Bone Yard Beast

Coming soon:

* Bespoke Ark design, build and consultancy services – with a special emphasis on the locating, saving and safe keeping of mythical creatures

*Bonsai Fireshows – in an Age of Austerity, miniature is the new Big

*Bone-Heads – a new concept in hats


More Hot Heads

Rag and Bone co-founder Dave Young and Pa-Boom have just finished their Hot Heads collaboration, which culminated in a fiery event at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Some photos below, see more great photos of the event here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sovietuk/sets/72157637984060425/with/11018430456/

The Hot Heads make a primal, totemic night time installation, and could well feature either on their own, as part of our Horns of Fire garden, or  as part of a fiery finale to a show, procession, event or festival.

Photo of Hot Heads fiery installation at Yorksshire Sculpture Park

Photo of Hot Head - sculptural charcoal brazier


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