Music and poetry inspired by the Shropshire hills will be on stage at Ludlow Assembly Rooms on Saturday, June 16.

Poet and author Kate Innes puts her words to music from eclectic folk trio Whalebone in a unique collaborative performance named for Innes’ first poetry collection – Flocks of Words.

Whalebone describe their music as firmly rooted in the rolling South Shropshire hills where they have been based since forming in 2005. Innes calls this county home too, though she’s made her way here in a rather more roundabout fashion – via Connecticut and Zimbabwe among other places.

Whalebone’s music and Innes’ poetry are well matched, and the Ludlow Assembly Rooms is the perfect venue at which to witness their coming together. The performance is brought to life against the backdrop of Shropshire’s rich history and lush pastoral landscapes, both of which are firmly evoked by the words and music on show.

The final product of the collaboration is described by the performers as an “immersive, hypnotic blend of poetry and music exploring landscape and the human soul”.

Whalebone are Steve Downs (guitar, mandolin), Charlotte Watson (Guitar, Bouzouki) and Sarah Ibberson (Fiddle). Their unique brand of instrumental folk has earned them several accolades and strong praise throughout their 13 years of playing together.

Kate Innes is an author and poet with an academic grounding in archaeology and medieval history. Having lived all over the world, she now lives and writes in Shropshire, where she continues to produce work inspired by myth, history and nature.

Flocks of Words: Award Winning Music & Poetry Featuring Whalebone and Kate Innes will be at Ludlow Assembly Rooms on Saturday, June 16 at 7.30pm. To book, call the box office on 01584 878141 or visit