Gone Cuckoo – STORIES & SONGS OF A SECRET MESSENGER by Joshua Green and Malcolm Green

In their new show, storyteller, Malcolm Green and musician Joshua Green follow the trail of the Cuckoo to explore the fascinating world of this extraordinary creature through stories, music and song.

It’s shortly after dawn at RAF Fylingdales on the North York Moors and a male Cuckoo is having a tiny 4.5g radio transmitter strapped to his back. A few weeks later he will have flown thousands of miles south and 5km up over the Sahara Desert, sending signals back to England as he travels through Libya and Chad to the Congo.

For thousands of years the Cuckoo has been part of folklore and its call present in songs, poems and stories. But now this bird is disappearing in England and we may soon stop hearing that iconic cuck-coo’.


Tickets can be bought on the door at Burnlaw Centre.  If you want to reserve tickets in advance /for more info please contact Holly at

Tickets will be sold on a sliding scale – £8 to £6.

Refreshments will be on sale too.

About Malcolm and Joshua

Malcolm is a storyteller who has pioneered the use of storytelling in environmental contexts. Recent projects have included the ambitious ‘Dreaming the Land’ with A Bit Crack Storytellers and ‘Shearwater’ with Tim Dalling . Many of his stories are influenced by wild creatures and the land and many of his projects are collaborations with musicians, film makers and archaeologists. He has recently written the book ‘Northumberland Folk Tales’.

Joshua is percussionist and writer for the widely acclaimed contemporary folk band Sam Lee, which won the album of the year critic’s choice in Songlines magazine for ‘A Fade in Time’. He is vocalist, percussionist and dancer for The Super Best Friends Club, whose latest album, ‘Love Blows’ has had airtime on BBC radio 3 and radio 6 music. He is an experienced workshop and choir leader.

Burnlaw Centre lies between Whitfield and Allendale      
NE47 8HF