People, Places & Ponderings
For one reason or another it's been a while since I made it to a Singers Night at the Woodman Folk Club. So, it was great to be there last Friday and enjoy a feast of musical (and poetic) talent! Most of us were local but Dom, a young man from Southampton, thrilled us all with his brilliant guitar playing and excellent vocal. One to watch as they say!
I covered 'A Thousand Years Today' by Paul Metsers and 'My Skies' by James Keelaghan. Both songs invite us to walk in someone else's shoes, 'so-to-speak', gaining a different perspective on our place in the world. As it happened, other songs during the evening included references to pilgrimage/ walking the road of life. Paul & Sue Matthews performed a lovely new one about the Camino de Santiago, the subject of a recent BBC TV series 'Pilgrimage', walked recently by a friend of theirs.
Amazing! I've just noticed that there have now been over 10,000 hits on my website. Thanks very much to everyone who has shown an interest!
The website was primarily created to promote the new CD, which is being sold to raise money for Primrose Hospice.
Work is due to start this month on a beautiful tree mural, part of the plan to refurbish an old courtyard next to the Octagon (spiritual space) at Primrose. There are other ideas being considered to see this area developed as an attractive place for contemplation, remembering etc. All the money I've raised is earmarked for the project.
So, thanks again if you're one of the people who've bought 'Find Your Song'. There are still copies left by-the-way! 😉
Well, I wasn't disappointed! A brilliant time yesterday evening in a packed Clent Parish Hall, courtesy of Dark Horses - Flossie Malavialle & Keith Donnelly - who were in superb form. Do check out the link on Flossie's website to sample the treats their combined musical talent serves up. Oh, and of course, we laughed our heads off at Keith's antics. Irrepressible!
Thanks again to Howard Lowry for organising the gig, Derry Jones for the sound and everyone else who worked hard to make it a success. I was delighted to have some friends with us, including many from the Woodman Folk Club who joined in with my songs. Cheers folks! :-)
Also, thanks to a warm and generous audience who bought a number of CD's. I've now raised over £950 for Primrose Hospice, so nearly reached my original target of £1K. Marvellous!
Finally, it was also rather special to be able to perform 'Ernest & Elias' on Armistice Day itself. You might like to pause for a couple of minutes and reflect by listening to it here. (Simon Bower on cello.)
So, feeling grateful for the generosity of others - expressed in so many ways.
Just a reminder about the gig with Dark Horses (Keith Donnelly & Flossie Malavialle) on 11 November, 7.30pm at Clent Parish Hall.
Organiser Howard Lowry promises "A great mix of music, humour and song!" with the "legendary Keith Donnelly" and beautiful, versatile voice of Flossie Malavialle. I'm described as "a very accomplished local singer, songwriter and musician with thoughtfully-penned songs", which is really nice of him isn't it? :-)
I'm so looking forward to this gig and it would be marvellous to see some familiar faces in the audience. Drinks will be on sale but you're also welcome to bring your own. There's a charity raffle and of course I'll be hoping to sell some more of my CD's for Primrose Hospice.
Clent Parish Hall, Church Avenue, Clent DY9 9QT. Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door. Please contact Howard on 01299 878759 or 07805 817369.
I'd overlooked this rather nice review from Derry Jones of my gig with Tim at the Woodman Folk Club on 7 July.
"Well, yet another great night was had by all last Friday, 7th July. Keith and Tim played a blinder!
"It was an excellent show put on by two lovely people.
"Keith, (Dad) and Tim, (Son), are both immensely talented performers. Individually they both have different styles and different techniques and different outlooks, but they cleverly melded all this together, brilliantly turning it into a very funny "double act" of wise versus wayward.
"No Djembe, that's Djembe, but lots of variety with guitars, mandolin, saxophone and, (technophobes look away now), a rather clever little device called a looper. This device allowed Tim to create layer upon layer of backing voices, percussion and riffs. A sort of talent terrine!
"Well done also to all our mad and talented, home grown performers who set the scene so well for the main act.
"'Twas a cracking night!"
Thanks, Derry. Thanks, too, to our friend Derek Mitchell who played on a couple of songs. Derek is a superb guitarist and told me he'd learnt 'Holding Back' by Dougie MacLean, so would I like to sing it? Tim added low whistle and I reckon we did a pretty good job! Derek's playing was immaculate! :-)