Rooftop Conversations: Environmental Activism in Music

Rooftop Conversations: Environmental Activism in Music

4th Jun 2018 7pm - 8:30pm

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Join us in Lost Vegas for a talk and live music with Merlyn Driver, exploring Environmental Activism in Music as part of the Lost Vegas Lecture series. 

Spend a dreamy summer evening on the rooftop for a talk (and some live acoustic music) on the subject and history of environmental activism in music. Journey with Merlyn as he touches upon environmental and ecological implications within folk and indigenous peoples' music (including Sámi joik), through to what many regard as the first ‘environmentalist album’ by Pete Seeger, and on to new things...

Merlyn Driver

Born and raised on Orkney (a group of small islands in the north of Scotland), Merlyn was brought up on a smallholding without mains electricity and didn't go to school until his early teens. This unconventional upbringing continues to inform his music, which is influenced not just by Celtic folk but also a reverence for nature, open space and different musical traditions from around the world. 

Merlyn organises the SOAS Concert Series and his research into the use of buzzing sounds within African musics has been recently published in African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music.

His latest EP was lauded by BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 2 and across the UK folk scene. Learn more at