Ninebarrow at Nine Barrow Down

The multi award winning Dorset duo Ninebarrow take Matthew Bannister for a walk in the glorious countryside of the Isle of Purbeck.

Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere have known each other since they were twelve years old. They are a musical and personal partnership—a singing duo and a married couple. They love walking and they are not averse to a spot of open air singing too. In fact, they run Ninebarrow walking holidays – inviting fans to join them in tramping the Dorset hills and vales and sharing their music each evening. They’ve even published a book of their favourite Dorset walks. So who better to relate the history of Corfe Castle – ruined since it was blown up by Oliver Cromwell’s men during the English Civil War - or to share some Dorset dialect in the poetry of William Barnes which they’ve set to music?

Their exquisite harmonies ring out across the Bronze Age burial mounds at Nine Barrow Down (which gave the band its name) as they savour the spectacular view of Poole Harbour, Swanage and the Isle of Wight. They end up in St James’s Church in the village of Kingston which is known as the “cathedral of Purbeck” for its large size and lavish decoration and Jon and Jay sing “Row On” in the wonderful acoustic of this special building. Another atmospheric walk with two engaging and creative musicians. 

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