Red Stone

Penny Callow, Cello
Phil Furneaux, Saxophones
Rosh Singh, Tablas

Phil Furneaux, Cumbria based saxophonist first started collaborating with Newcastle based cellist Penny Callow and tabla guru Rosh Singh in April 2019 in a project to compose music as a sound track for a film of the River Gelt in Cumbria.
 
The name Red Stone comes from the River Gelt cutting through the sandstone of the North Pennines near Brampton in Cumbria.
 
The music does not really fit a specific genre as it is a blend of soft jazz with a classical foundation and a indo beat.   The acoustic instruments  blend well together to give an organic vibrant sound which is tonally varied and intricate. The tunes vary in character from repeating trance-like rhythms to in-your-face danceable vibes. There is an influence of John McLoughlin and his Mahavishnu orchestra but not so manic.

  

Phil Furneaux developed his smooth style of flowing lyrical riffs during his time with FuMar and these blend totally with the full resonant sound from Penny Callow’s cello. Penny’s performances  with many bands in her diverse musical career give her the knowledge and skills to compose the basis for this blend of instruments not often heard together. Rosh Singh learnt his skills with the tablas from the UK master players and applies this classical-indo style to give the Trio their vibrant and energetic sound.
Promo  Film for their River Gelt Project: link




Clare portrait


 

Clare Crossman


The trio are collaborating with Clare Crossman whose form part of the sound track.
Clare is an accomplished poet with many publications. Her  words are evocative and thought inspiring.
The music, spoken word and film images complement each other to give an absorbing sensory experience. 


Website link: Clare Crossman
Penny Callow: Link









 

 

    


Performance of The Red Stone Trio with Clare Crossman:
Tullie House, Carlisle
Saturday 30th November at 7.30

Link to Tullie House: https://www.tulliehouse.co.uk/events/new-water-old-water


Promo  Video for their River Gelt Project: link

See flyer for details:
Tullie House Flier updated

 








 




 









 

The Red Stone Trio  performed on Sunday 29th September at the
Star and Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne

This performance included music composed to accompany the film of the River Gelt near Brampton in Cumbria.
Review: 

"There are two situations that rank high on my list of most rewarding... 
Listening to live music in a good venue. 
Sitting by a small river listening to the sounds it makes as it winds its' way towards the sea.

Last Sunday afternoon I found a new way of combining both of these into one experience. 
The small ensemble Red Stone were performing a live set with a backdrop of footage shot along the River Gelt.

Red Stone are made up of sax, cello and tablas. 
They composed this performance piece in response to the movement and moods of the River Gelt and it held me and the rest of the audience entranced. 
 
As the sounds and flow of the Gelt filtered from the large cinema screen at The Star and Shadow Cinema into my mind and beyond, I found myself struggling at first to separate out my senses and find a narrative... thoughts of Tales of the Riverbank, The Wind in the Willows... and a plethora of fairy tales and magical scenarios flowed in.
As the river wound it convoluted way through the Cumbrian North Pennines though, I found my self drifting away from the need to separate, narrate or think in any linear sense. 
I let go and joined that leaf twisting and turning, that tabla run that flowed like the water over the rocks and bends, that plant standing, flexing and determined to make it's home on this small island in the middle of the river, that cello lilt that spoke of deep magic and mystery, that light, bouncing off the water in a game between fire and water, those insistent and sometimes pliant sax sounds floating across the room and my imagination.
 
By half way through this performance I had allowed myself to be carried along without effort or resistance, and this state was a perfect Sunday afternoon respite on a wet and rainy day in Newcastle. 

If you get the chance to catch this performance, I suggest that that you do so. I am tempted to make musical references to help you place this is relation to other genres and styles... but I am resisting that temptation. River water tumbling through a valley accompanied by music played by those who do this because they feel a deep connection between what they do and those they share it with... go get some... and float home."   Mark This, Star and Shadow