Coracle with seals


Cynthia Hughes: Celtic harp, guitar

John Crockett: cello, Irish whistles, guitar, soundscapes


Cynthia Hughes and John Crockett are musicians and naturalists who bring their love of the earth and sea into their music to celebrate the interconnectedness of all life. Together they create programs of traditional and original music inspired by the land and the sea and Earth's creatures. With tunes, songs, and wildlife recordings, Cynthia and John create a musical journey where the human, the natural and the contemplative meet.


Coracle is available for educational programs, conference workshops, concerts and private events.

If you would like to book Coracle for your event, or for more information, please email us.


Cynthia Hughes is an educator, storyteller, and poet who has taught in the public schools and in environmental education for more than thirty years. In her work as a public school librarian she brings a sense of wonder and discovery into her lessons, encouraging her students to develop a deep connection to the natural world. Cynthia was one of the founding board members of the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center in Brattleboro, VT. She has created many land-based theatrical presentations and musical arts events as well as ritual work for women's groups based in nature.

John Crockett has studied the vocal behavior of humpback whales, songbirds, and grey seals and now devotes much of his time to recording natural soundscapes. In 1995 he had his first encounter with a fin whale in the Bay of Fundy which led to work as a marine naturalist and the development of contemplative ecology. In 2005 he created The Natural Contemplative, a website devoted to environmental education and conservation from a contemplative perspective. John has worked with the Whale Conservation Institute/Ocean Alliance, the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, and the Environmental Studies Department at Antioch University New England.


Voice of the Earth 

The whole Earth is singing. The birds are singing. The trees are singing. The frogs and crickets are singing. The air is singing. The whales and seals are singing. And we too are singing. All voices of the voice of the Earth.

For millennia, humans have drawn inspiration from the voice of the Earth: the music of whales and seals, birds and insects, wind and forest. Using live music and nature sound recordings, we explore this amazing world of musical collaboration between humans and the many other voices of the Earth.

Through music we reconnect with Earth's common language. We become listeners and collaborators, friends and colleagues with plants and animals. And that makes all the difference.

Please contact us for more information.



Into the Silence

An Annual Service of Contemplative Music
for Christmas and the Solstice

Dummerston Congregational Church
Dummerston Center, Vermont

On the longest night of the year, Dummerston Congregational Church invites you to this annual service of music and contemplative silence featuring medieval, Celtic and original music by Coracle (Cynthia Hughes, Celtic harp; John Crockett, cello and Irish low whistles).

Coracle's music is inspired by the sea and the land, by the cycle of the seasons and by the deep stillness of contemplation. We invite you to an evening of respite from the busy buildup to Christmas, and a way to reconnect with the deep spirit of this magical time of the year, the time of deepest darkness, and the returning of the light.

All are welcome.

Into the Silence is generally performed on the winter solstice, but check our EVENTS page for the latest information.