Touring with The Alan Barnes Octet, Autumn 2019
On Friday 15th February myself and the Alan Barnes Octet premiered our brand new collaboration, A Requiem, a brand new suite of music and poetry, commissioned by Grimsby Jazz Projects and supported with funding from Arts Council, England. Having worked on the poems from the autumn of 2017 to a final tweak the day before the premiere, I wasContinue reading “A Requiem – A World Premiere”
I am delighted to announce that A Requiem will premiere at Grimsby Central Hall on Friday 15th February at 7.30 pm. Tickets are now available from the box office, call 01472 355025 to reserve in advance at £13. A Requiem is a collaboration between Alan Barnes, Pat McCarthy and myself and is work that examinesContinue reading “A Requiem”
Happy New Year to everyone. Here’s the link to the broadcast of Fish Tales from the Herts Jazz Festival. It’s available until about 22nd January on the BBC iPlayer.
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.
This week I’ve been working in local primary schools giving workshops in readiness for the MAPAS (music and performing arts service) Key Stage 2 Singing Festival in July. As part of our Arts Council funded jazz and poetry project we’ve written a junior version of A Fish Tale. It features a narrative set across three time zones and eight original songs telling stories about Grimsby’s fishing heritage.
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