New Water Old Water

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 video of the River Gelt in Cumbria.

The name Red Stone comes from the River Gelt cutting through the sandstone of the North Pennies near Brampton in Cumbria.

The music is a blend of soft jazz with a classical foundation and an 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.

The trio are working alongside poet Clare Crossman to perform their compositions accompanied by the spoken word describing the video. Clare is an accomplished poet with many publications. Her choice of words are evocative and thought inspiring. The music, spoken word and video images complement each other to give an absorbing sensory experience. 

Find the promo video here

“The concept of this performance evolved during my art/music project with FuMar which explored the idea of Music inspiring Art and Art inspiring Music.

The River Gelt is a special place and an ideal location to attempt to put music to video.

The concept of having sax, cello and tablas has appealed to me for years. I found Newcastle based Penny after many months of hunting out a cellist. Her wonderful sound and full on playing is the basis for the music. Rosh, also Newcastle based, was recommended for the project by GemArts. He adds the vitality to the music. Many of the riffs were composed by me while filming. I met Clare at a party and she seemed interested. She has transformed the projection into something quite extraordinary. Please come and share the experience with us”
Phil Furneaux

Contact Box Office 01228 618700 for tickets.


Adult: £10 Concessions: £7 Bar opens 7.oopm


On: 30 th November 2019, 7:30 pm


Lecture Theatre