People, Places & Ponderings
The 2018 Primrose Hospice Summer Fête was a great success! There was a terrific atmosphere and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves - not least three musicians who got together for the occasion. I've popped some photos in the Gallery. (Pictures courtesy of Gordon Rogers Photography.) Thanks again to Derek Mitchell and Kirsty Daniels. You were brilliant!
Now I'm REALLY looking forward to playing at the Primrose Hospice Fête! Derek Mitchell (guitar) and Kirsty Daniels (flute) are both excellent musicians and lovely people who have kindly agreed to join me 'on stage'. We've been practising and I love what they add to the songs. We're due to perform at 2.00pm, so do come along if you can. (Btw - I'm also acting as compère for the afternoon.)
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.