Over the last few weeks I have been playing a piece of music over and over again, picking apart the chord changes and key modulations in my head as well as committing the lyrics to memory so I can sing along. My neighbours might not be so appreciative of my enthusiasm, but the song has caught me and won’t let go.

The song is called ‘Heartwood’ and it forms the opening track of a new album, Spell Songs, released in July. The album is one of the latest incarnations of the book The Lost Words by Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane, which began as a response to the removal of everyday words connected ...


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