This remembered earth

This Remembered Earth

With Nigel Shaw & Carolyn Hillyer, Denise Rowe & Kennedy Chinyere, Mac Macartney

Update October 17: Dear friends, it is with sadness that we have decided not to go ahead with the Survival benefit concert on October 31. Despite trying to be upbeat about the various options to make it possible, in the last few days we have concluded that the dynamic of what is happening in the country is not conducive to holding a live audience event at this time. We thank you hugely for all your support and we will make every effort to reschedule this concert for next year. Meanwhile if you have bought tickets we will be making refunds to you over the next few days. If you would like to make a direct donation to Survival International instead of attending this concert, here is the link to their donate page:

with many thanks and love from Nigel and Carolyn


A wonderful evening of music, presentations, dancing and celebration to welcome the arrival of summer and raise funds for Survival International a long-established international campaigning charity that works for tribes, for nature and for humanity, especially to protect the land rights and traditional cultures of indigenous people around the world. You are invited to join us on the beautiful community land at Embercombe to honour and celebrate the power and beauty of this, our remembered Earth.

An optional vegan 2 course supper will be available at Embercombe  before the concert, served at 6pm. Overnight stay is also available in one of our yurts.

This remembered earth


Carolyn Hillyer

Nigel Shaw

Carolyn Hillyer & Nigel Shaw

Carolyn & Nigel are renowned musicians & artists who live and work on a thousand-year old farm in the ancient belly of Dartmoor, a mist-veiled landscape of wild hills, peat bogs and heather moors in the south-west of England. The inspiration for all their work is drawn from the raw beauty, untamed spirit and primordial memory of this ancestral land. Their creative output includes music albums and concerts, books and workshops, paintings and art installations, traditional flute and drum making. They have built a large Neolithic-style roundhouse at their farm, a ceremonial ancestor house created from granite, oak and grass/reed thatch, which sits at the heart of the teaching circles and gatherings they host on their land. Their recorded albums and live performances form a mystical weave of ancient instruments, wild songs and tender music, using wooden flutes, clay & tin whistles, overtone flutes, piano, small pipes, dulcimer, Jura guitar, cello, many types of hand drums and percussion. For 25 years they have been making many of their own instruments, as well as regularly teaching flute and drum making workshops on Dartmoor. Nigel carves flutes that carry the songs of these islands, using woods indigenous to Britain, including oak, yew, ash, holly and thorn. Carolyn creates traditional frame drums from skins sourced from the moor and prepared by hand at their farm, primarily red deer, wild horse and salmon. They have travelled across the world with their work, including Australia, USA, Japan, Jamaica, Canada, Central & South America, Siberian Arctic, Russia, throughout Europe and the UK. Their concert tours have carried them from Dartmoor to Scotland, from mountain temple to tundra camp, from festival tent to ritual cave. On their Dartmoor farm they regularly host concert events that have included Rivenstone, a much-loved festival of sacred world music.

Denise Rowe

Kennedy Chinyere

Denise Rowe & Kennedy Chinyere

Ancient music from Zimbabwe

Mac Macartney

Mac Macartney

In 1999 Mac founded Embercombe. At which time he was also the founder and CEO of a leadership consultancy for corporate executives operating internationally between 1989-2005. Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored and coached by a group of Native American teachers. During this training and ever since he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the huge challenges and equally huge opportunities of the 21st Century. You can find out more about Mac’s work here.