Tipping Points Land & Sea – Luke Daniels and friends

The place where science and folk music intersect is the basis for Tipping Points. During 2022 Luke Daniels worked with scientists and social scientists to develop a workshop that explored the interactions between science and society at a local level through folk music-making and storytelling. This performance includes original compositions for melodeon, guitar and voice which travels from the Neolithic to the present-day taking in the highways, bye-ways and coastlines of the British Isles. Musically the performance draws on English and Scottish traditional music and contemporary folk song. It is told through the lived experience and stories of farmers and fisherfolk. About the performers: Lucy Beattie grew up in Lochbroom and became a farmer at the young age of 21. She has recently completed a PhD exploring science communication and the interaction between research and public engagement in STEM subjects. Luke Daniels is an award-winning folk singer and composer, former BBC Musician of the Year and tutor on the traditional music course at Royal Conservatoire Scotland in Glasgow. Andy Neal’s research places organic carbon at the heart of soil. He is working with colleagues to develop a radically different way of thinking about soil. Neal is a regular public speaker; his work has featured on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science, at New Scientist Live events. Melanie Wright works with academics at Rothamsted Research’s North Wyke site in Devon to develop closer links with farming and regional stakeholders.