It all started because we are musicians with a garden full of Primula auricula flowers…
Our album, The Auricula Suite is a set of songs telling a re-imagined story of a historical journey to a new land. Inspired by folk tales of the alpine flower – the Primula auricula – and its 16th century journey to England with the Huguenot refugees, it is a tale of love and loss, persecution and a new beginning.
Listen to a track from the album illustrated by some of our auriculas.
The Auricula Suite Album is released on the DHM record label on March 6th 2017. It features Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard’s Auricula Suite Ensemble – vocals, acoustic guitars, hammer dulcimer and hurdy gurdy.
The album was launched at a concert and flower show at the National Trust’s Calke Abbey, site of the oldest auricula theatre in England and featured in Duffy-Howard Music’s ‘My Ancestors were French’ heritage project – music, art, film and poetry telling of a journey to a new land, exploring the modern day experiences of new settlers today. Part of ‘All Our Stories’, in support of BBC2’s ‘The Great British Story – A People’s History’ it explores what it feels like to be a stranger in a strange land.
Primula auricula Loudhailer grown by Drointon Nurseries and named after our music name. Click on the flowers…
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“The music was intricately beautiful, the songs informative and real, the performers were fascinating to watch and the whole entertainment and feel of the evening was celebratory. The interweaving of the instrument sounds and the vocals painted exciting pictures…get the CD it is a beautiful recording of the material. ” Gifford Rolfe
“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
The Auricula Suite is written by Richard & Louise Duffy-Howard and performed by Richard & Louise (guitars and vocals) with special guests Amanda Lowe (hammer dulcimer) and Quentin Budworth (hurdy gurdy).
The Auricula Suite is a Loudhailer Music project – visit our website here
Auriculas grown and photographed by Richard Duffy-Howard
Enquiries – contact: Loudhailer Promotions