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Event details

Concert: 'No Petticoats Here'

Sunday, 14 August 2016 , 18:00 to 20:00
Palace Green Library

Exploring history and remembering remarkable women through song.

No Petticoats Here shares the stories, through song, of extraordinary women who lived during the First World War: one who dressed as a man and became a soldier; women who rescued airmen from No Man's Land; inventors, engineers, factory workers. Inspirational women, working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy. Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan brings these exceptional stories to life through a combination of thought-provoking songs, diary extracts, anecdotes and chorus songs.

Louise says ‘The National Portrait Gallery holds the original portrait which inspired me to write the song ‘The Pride of the Army’ about Ada Yorke. I am thrilled and honoured to be able to perform this particular song and to share more stories of women from the Great War in this historic venue.’

Message from Mary Taylor, granddaughter of Ada Yorke (nee Hind):
‘She was a lady of strength and determination, and her goal in life was to help others by providing volunteer medical care to those in need. With the outbreak of the Sudan War and then World War I, she played a leading role in supervising care for the wounded and ill who were serving her beloved country. As a musician herself, she would be deeply moved today to know that Louise composed a song in her honour and was invited to play it in the setting of the National Portrait Gallery.’

‘A stirring, lilting grace’ The Telegraph
‘Absolutely, totally and completely brilliant’ Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2
‘Haunting and unforgettable’ The Sunday Express
‘The fragility of perfection’ FolkWords
‘A masterclass in songwriting’ R2
‘Louise’s vocals are out of this world’ Maverick
‘Absolutely glorious’ FATEA

www.louisejordan.co.uk/no-petticoats-here
Twitter: @nopetticoats and @ljordanmusic
www.facebook.com/louisejordansings

Audience feedback, Salisbury Arts Centre, September 2015: ‘You bring these women alive and honour them. Amazing.’ ‘Absolutely fantastic, every song gave me goosebumps. A beautiful and eloquent tribute to some incredible women.’

Entry to the Concert (GBP 12.50) - also includes exclusive after-hours access to the Somme 1916 exhibition between 5pm and 6pm, plus a glass of wine.

To book, please click here.

For further information on this talk place contact Dr Kirsty McCarrison, 0191 334 2993, k.e.mccarrison@dur.ac.uk