The Mellstock Band - Christmas Frolics
THE MELLSTOCK BAND present the genuine sound of the English countryside - merry and majestic tunes, songs of love and laughter, carols and original harmonies. Mellstock was the fictional name Thomas Hardy gave to his native village of Higher Bockhampton in Dorset. His family were leading local musicians, who led the church band and played for dances. Hardy’s vivid descriptions, his family’s music manuscript books, and music from local tradition were the initial inspiration for the formation of The Mellstock Band. They regularly perform themed shows in period dress - unique entertainments of music, song and spoken word, using authentic instruments and wearing costumes representing rural Sunday-best of the 1840s.
The Band and its members have appeared in TV dramas Pride and Prejudice, Far from the Madding Crowd, Tess of the d’Urbervilles and The Way We Live Now, and have featured in productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Chichester Festival Theatre and The Royal National Theatre. They have shared stage and screen with, among others, Dame Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville and Colin Firth They have toured as far afield as Africa, Europe and the U. S. A. Their albums have become standard works of reference for traditional music and song of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.