In Place explores a sense of place in the British Isles; how it informs our cultural identity; shapes our language and dialects; provides both solace and stimulation, and contains histories both universal and personal. In Place is multi-media song-cycle; 10 songs each setting new texts and mixing live performance, field recording and electronics. Its is also a collection of new writing, new films, images, education work, podcasts and interviews.

The new texts have been specially created by a set of writers for whom ‘place’ is a guiding force in their work: Robert Macfarlane, Paul Farley, Nick Papadimitrou, Selina Nwulu, Jackie Morris, Daljit Nagra, Richard Skelton and Autumn Richardson.

As a collection of diverse cultural viewpoints blending personal histories and places across the UK this new song cycle is colourful compendium of ideas; a truly contemporary work. Riley weaves texts and music into idiosyncratic and quirky corners and at the same time harnessing the zeitgeist of current popular interest in field recording, nature writing, wordhoards, regional dialects and psychogeography.

In Place album released on Squeaky Kate Music 1st May, 2018


Colin Riley composer (Moov/Homemade Orchestra)

Melanie Pappenheim voice (DV8/The Shout/Damon Albarn)

Ruth Goller upright & electric bass (Melt Yourself Down/Let Spin/Gufo)

Kate Halsall  keys/harmonium (Michael Clarke/Ockham’s Razor/Galvanize Ensemble)

Stephen Hiscock percussion (Ensemble Bash/Steve Reich/Nitin Sawhney)

Nic Pendlebury viola (Smith Quartet/Steve Reich/Django Bates)

Colin Riley is commissioned by sound as part of the PRS for Music Foundation’s Beyond Borders programme which is a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon. In Place is also supported by Arts Council England.