The Auricula Suite

auricula-suite-cover-2017-600pxWe are delighted that our album of songs inspired by the beautiful flowers – The Auricula Suite  –  is released on the DHM record label on March 6th 2017.

“An album of songs by an East Riding group, The Auricula Suite Ensemble, telling the story of a historical journey to a new land inspired by tales of the alpine flower – the Primula auricula – and its 16th century journey to England is now released internationally on the DHM record label. The Auricula Suite is a tale of love and loss, persecution and a new beginning, written and recorded by alternative folk musicians Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard.

Auricula gardener Rich explains, “I have a growing collection of Primula auriculas, and the idea to write the songs began when we discovered the fascinating story of how they were made popular here by the first people to be called ‘florists’, the Huguenot refugees.”

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Songwriter and composer, Lou continues, “This fascinating story still resonates today. The Huguenot people brought horticultural skills to England when they sought refuge here 500 years ago. Settlers from war torn lands are making new lives here in Hull, today. Music brings people of different cultures together, overcoming adversity and creating something new, and this is reflected in the album.”

Guitarist and vocalist, Rich and Lou invited special guests Amanda Lowe (hammer dulcimer), Quentin Budworth (hurdy gurdy) and Corey Clough-Howard (guitar on My Ancestors were French) to form the Auricula Suite Ensemble. The East Riding of Yorkshire based musicians have a rich musical history, having performed at a range of world fusion and alternative music venues and festivals throughout the UK and Europe.

The Auricula Suite featured in Rich and Lou’s ‘My Ancestors were French’ heritage project – music, art, film and poetry telling of a journey to a new land. Part of ‘All Our Stories’, in support of BBC2’s ‘The Great British Story – A People’s History’ it explored what it feels like to be a stranger in a strange land. The group performed The Auricula Suite concert at the National Trust’s Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, home of the oldest surviving Auricula Theatre in England.

Lou explained: “Since our concert at Calke Abbey in 2013 we have gathered a lot of followers in countries where the flowers are popular – Belgium, Holland, Scandinavia and as far afield as Japan, so we are delighted that the album is now available worldwide.” Hannah Robinson HDM 8.3.17

“What a fantastic evening the Auricula Suite concert is – beautiful people, music, and flowers. A room bursting with colour, love & enriched with mesmeric music…we all absolutely loved it!” Lynn Beaumont, Once Upon A Time Bears

The Auricula Suite is written and performed by Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard (guitars and vocals) with special guests Amanda Lowe (hammer dulcimer) and Quentin Budworth (hurdy gurdy) and Corey Clough-Howard (guitar on My Ancestors were French).

The Auricula Suite Ensemble

The Auricula Suite Ensemble was created by Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard especially to record and perform The Auricula Suite. The East Riding of Yorkshire based musicians have a rich musical history, having performed at a range of world fusion and alternative music venues and festivals as far afield as Japan, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
Lou Duffy-Howard: Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Richard Duffy-Howard: Guitar
Amanda Lowe: Hammer Dulcimer, Violin
Quentin Budworth: Hurdy Gurdy, Cajon
Corey Clough-Howard: Guitar on My Ancestors were French

Words written by Louise Duffy-Howard except The Same Sky by Richard and Louise Duffy-Howard. Music composed by Louise Duffy-Howard except My Ancestors were French by Corey Clough-Howard. Recorded by Andy Newlove.

© Duffy-Howard 2013

The Auricula Suite is a Duffy-Howard Music Project, originally released April 20, 2013

Links:

The Auricula Suite https://auriculasuite.net/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AuriculaGig

Twitter  https://twitter.com/The_Auricle

DHM Record Label https://loudhailer.net/dhm/

Flower like a Greenfinch

Today’s Primula auriculas – Lazy River, Sweet Pastures, Grey Hawk, Clouded Yellow, Eden Greenfinch (colors like a greenfinch), and an unknown border we found in a Rotary Club car park plant sale. The cold frame is bursting at the seams and even the names of the flowers are fabulous. Rich took these gorgeous photos. Just click on an image to see it full size, and scroll through the flowers in the gallery…

Auricula photographs © Rich Duffy-Howard

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Primula Auricula Pinks and Purples

It’s actually snowing today, but the sun came out at the weekend when Rich took these photos. A lovely selection of pink and purple auriculas. Click on a flower to see the full image and scroll along…

Auricula photographs © Rich Duffy-Howard

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From Poacher’s Starlight to Bilbo Baggins

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The sun is out and the cold frames are brimming with flowers in bloom, so Rich set up a makeshift auricula photography studio in the kitchen. Dexter’s sweet pea shoots are just starting to peep up, and you can see Stanley the money box dog/fox looking on. So, the first set of Rich’s photos are of Primula auricula Sunflower, Robbo, Lavender Lady, Dilly Dilly, Grey Monarch, Clouded Yellow, Poacher’s Starlight, Crimple, Lincoln Bullion, Curry Blend, Bilbo Baggins, Crinoline and an especially beautiful unknown green edge. Click on a flower to see the full bloom and scroll through…

And why not have a listen to Dexter’s Everything About Stanley seeing as Stanley is on the table…

 

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Beautiful Unknown Green Edge

Auricula photographs © Rich Duffy-Howard

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