Photo credit: Melody McClaren with thanks
Back to life, back to reality, well until Thursday when we hit the road again and head for Folkestone for the last gig of part 2 of the grand Fish Tales Tour.
Grand indeed. We’ve had nothing but warm welcomes and kind words and I want to say thank you to all the venues and promoters who have hosted the production; Dave at Swansea Jazzland, Steve at Leeds Jazz 7, Chris at Wakefield Jazz and Clark at Herts Jazz Festival.
Thank you also to the lovely audiences who have been so rapt and so attentive. It has been a wonderful experience for me to truly feel the impact of my words in the response of the audiences.
Many thanks to everyone who has bought the books and CD’s, that is true support and is hugely appreciated.
Finally thank you to all the lovely people who I’ve spoken to after gigs who have commented on how much the poetry moved and affected them, how much they enjoyed the show and my delivery.
It is such a great joy and such a lot of fun to perform with this stellar cast of jazz legends, all of whom play with energy, fizz and aplomb. I have been dazzled by some of the solos and lost in the tunes as they weave and wander, telling the story through the voices of the instruments.
Fish Tales lives and breathes on the stage; it is a complex and beautiful work and I am immensely proud to have been part of its creation and to have the great good fortune to be bringing it to audiences across the country.
This week sees the official release of A Fish Tale – A Story and Song for Children. This is the little sister project to the major A Fish Tale Jazz and Poetry tour. This work has been undertaken in partnership with Gill Wilde at Grimsby Jazz and Sue Baker at the NEL Music Hub. This Spring the creative team has delivered sixteen workshops for primary school children in NE Lincs.
Today we came together with 700 children, a fabulous band and conductor and performed the story and music live to an audience of rapt parents, grandparents and guests. What a joy. All of this work was made possible thanks to an Arts Council grant and has been money well spent on a worthwhile and hugely enjoyable piece of work.
We now have a wonderful book for sale; a photocopiable resource including the whole story, the songs, lyrics and music and a CD to accompany. This is available to order directly from me by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The book is £20 plus £1.50 p&p. This is a resource that can be used by children’s groups, schools, community groups, libraries and choirs and incorporates local history and myth as well as having fantastically singable songs.
I have to say a big thank you to my partner and co-writer in this project, Pat McCarthy who is a consummate composer and sympathetic arranger for voices. You can catch us out on tour with Alan Barnes and the orchestra across the country and also look out for McCarthy and Moon gigs coming very soon.
A Jazz Suite by Alan Barnes and Pat McCarthy – Artwork by Dale Mackie and Poetry written and performed by Josie Moon.
The CD is now available from http://www.woodvillerecords.com/FishTales.htm