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The Penland Phezants

Hereward 2    Hereward The Wake’s daring commando raids against the Norman Conquest, gloriously crowned by his will o’ the wisp escapes along secret fen paths is the stuff of legends. Poet Gareth Calway’s racy new narrative “A Very English Resistance; The Story of Hereward The Wake” celebrates Hereward’s underdogged routing of the Normans, from the Siege of Ely and the Sack of Peterborough Abbey to his later real-life Robin Hood resistance in the greenwoods of Northamptonshire. Based on contemporary Latin sources later compiled by 12C monks, this hero- tale contains very much more actual history than other national legends as well as the added thrill of romance and magic. Andy Wall (lead vocals & guitar) and Vanessa Wood-Davies (harp & backing vocals) will join Gareth in a riveting retelling of this tale on Saturday at Ely Folk Festival.

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