The Shakespeare Heptet
Sometimes the beauty of William Shakespeare’s language – and even the concepts behind what he was saying – is lost in a pile of revision notes and A-level or GCSE pressure memories. Hurrah then for the Shakespeare Heptet, who have taken a number of sonnets by The Bard and set them to original music, written in the folk and blues styles. Combining bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion and banjo, this is such a labour of love, with introductions setting the scene and tone for each piece, it cultivates an appreciation for the beauty, humour and style for Shakespeare which has frequently been mislaid among the essay questions. A joy to behold.
The Blue Man, 17 May 2014