From time to time Adastra also takes on other project - please see below for some of the exciting things we've been involved with in the past.__________________________________________
Adastra has been the Administrator for the Arts Council funded network Nu-Routes, since its inception in 2005. It was set up as a folk promoters' network to produce a series of profile-raising concerts around England to promote the evolution of new-acoustic and traditional music. The challenge was to try and raise the profile of the music by encouraging small scale promoters to be more adventurous and take greater risks in their programming. The aim was to help the profile of folk music in this country to take a greater step forward in the small-scale venues which are at the heart of the folk scene. The aim of NU-ROUTES:
Artists taking part have included:
Each tour has involved the lead artist working with other artist's that they do not normally work with, thus creating a unique touring package. Young artists are encouraged to be a part of each tour.
Adastra has organised a range of tours and projects funded by the Arts Council of England and the Scottish Arts Council including those by the following artists
Adastra has acted as a consultant on various projects:
Adastra has organised and co-ordinated Education projects in the East Riding of Yorkshire and throughout the UK These have included:
Involving 3 primary schools in East Yorkshire, working with a local historian and song writer. Each school wrote a song from the part of the project they were involved in depicting (a) the departure of the Vikings from Denmark (b) their arrival and setting up of farms and the cultivation of crops (c) their first harvest. The project also involved the producing of Viking boats, clothes and other artifacts for presentation at the a public performance of the songs written by the students and dances created.
Involving musicians from these 3 countries working together with students from Primary and Secondary schools over a week long period, culminating in a public concert and dance performance. The students learnt about the origin of the music, songs and dances from France and Ireland and how these were transported over to Canada, and how during this journey they evolved into the Québecios music of today.