THE SICILIAN BAND Kate Westbrook voice / tenor horn / sicilian triscaletta Trevor Allan voice / accordion / clarinet Lesia Melnyk voice / violin / mandolin Peter Whyman voice / clarinet / soprano & alto saxophones Mike Westbrook voice / piano / tuba
Words by D H Lawrence from his poem 'The Ass' and his letters from Taormina.
Except 'Lu Me Scecca', a traditional Sicilian song,
with English lyrics by Kate Westbrook.
Recorded in London December 1985.
'The Ass' was produced for the stage by Foco Novo Theatre Company, directed by Roland Rees, designed by Ariane Gastambide. Commissioned by the D H Lawrence Centenary Festival with funds provided by the Arts Council of Great Britain. First performance at the Co-operative Arts Theatre, George Street, Nottingham, Wednesday 18 September 1985.
Westbrook Music published by Metisse Music
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Musically the best thing in the show is a marvellous song about a beloved donkey that the Westbrooks ran to earth in Sicily. But their original work beautifully accommodates jazz, squeeze-box dances, and folk idioms ranging on the Moorish - all of which reflects Lawrence's idea of being on the edge of Europe. The Times