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Johnny Flynn And Robert Macfarlane Get ‘Lost In The Cedar Wood’

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Renee Bright
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KUER

For years, folk singer Johnny Flynn and nature writer Robert Macfarlane admired each other’s work from afar. When they became friends, the two creators combined their talents to make an album together.

Their project, Lost in the Cedar Wood, was born out of a mutual love of nature and walking — as well as a shared affection for the poem, Epic of Gilgamesh. As the two artists worked through the melancholy and loneliness brought on by the pandemic, Macfarlane and Flynn sent each other ideas and lyrics until it was finally safe enough for them to gather and record with other musicians. The result of their collaboration is a musical meditation on sorrow, isolation, friendship and myth. Johnny Flynn and Robert Macfarlane join us Friday at noon to talk about — and play selections from — Lost in the Cedar Wood.

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Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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