Music for Charity

Greg Harper arranged another of his charity music evenings on Saturday, for Compassion in World Farming. He was performing with Sarah Stirling, Chris Denham and Nigel Ratcliffe. What a great line up! Chris was on bass guitar and Nigel was his usual enthusiastic self on piano and vocals. Greg had some new songs and the contrast with Sarah’s sweet tones made the whole evening a great success. Folk songs really are poetry to music and one added effect was the changing light system that Greg used which reminded me of ‘Pointless’ but was obviously intended to enhance the mood of each song. I took one photo with a blue background but the yellow was probably better!Greg and Sarah

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The Charity Gig results

I’m hoping I can find a good photo to put with this post. The charity gig for St Barnabas House Hospice in Worthing raised £200 and I now have some pictures of some of the musicians and readers but I am going to try to show you the lady who won the lucky ticket prize –  a funny bear clutching a bottle of red wine. Some of my photos won’t come on and I don’t know why. Here goes!

Tunes prizewinner

Recording a magazine

Those of you who follow my blog know I am one of the readers for the Sussex Coast Talking News. Each year we are asked to produce a 35minute magazine with items of interest to the listeners, historical, travel, personal or local.  This December I am planning an interview with someone who will talk on ” Singing for Health,” as this is something I take part in and believe it has undiscovered benefits.

I also have a festive short story to read,based on the activities of a group of elderly ladies who decide to put on a show. It’s too long for our charity event but I might put it into an anthology at a later date. The gig was advertised in the local paper today and may be in again next week but as it comes out on a Thursday and the gig is on a Friday it may get missed. I’ll try to find a picture of a similar event to liven up this post.Woodies Xmas party 2017

 

Planning a Gig

After my debut performance at Woodies folk club I am now back to planning for our Charity Gig on November 23rd at Lancing Leisure Centre.

The Sea Scribes and the Friends of St Barnabas are combining to host a “Tunes and Tales” event with stories, music and the odd verse. We shall have a raffle for the charity and a prize for the lucky ticket and a number of folk musicians have offered to play and sing between the readings.

All I have to do is work out a programme. The writing group members will be timing their contributions next week and then I need to slot them between the other performers. Last time it ended too soon so I have a few limericks ready to fill in the spaces. We also have books for sale. St Barnabas is our local hospice and almost all of us know someone who has been involved with the charity or used their facilities. Not only will I be offering our novels but we also have anthologies for sale which will make ideal gifts.Broadwater book table

Music and Words

The Sea Scribes at the Charity Gig with local folk singers. The experiment seemed to work as those who attended said they enjoyed it. I don’t know how much exposure it gave to our writing group but we were pleased we could help the Parkinson’s Society and may do another one next year.

I hope the people who won our books in the raffle liked their prizes. There will be another of my novels out in June and I am about to plan the launch

Music & Words 120518 Picture

More about new phone.

Well, old phone really. It is full with names and keeps cutting out. I need to swap numbers. I’ll let you know if it works but so far I’m not sure messages are getting through to me on the new one. It said I had 3 messages but I couldn’t find them, unless they were advertising stuff. I’ve tried to block that and we’ll see what happens when someone contacts me. I daren’t change over until I know how to work this one!

Charity Gig tonight and I hope I’ll have some pictures tomorrow.

Preparation

A week of getting things ready. First, the novel. I still haven’t sorted all the spacing but I’m nearly there. I keep stopping to look for cover images because it’s more fun.

Then, the charity Gig. The Sea Scribes had a rehearsal on Thursday and we now have tickets and posters. On Sunday we go to look at the hall again. The Parkinson’s society are sending literature and balloons, the St Laurence singers are already ordering tickets, now to advertise ‘Music and Words’ with local musicians and writers on Saturday 12th May at St Botolph’s Church Hall, Worthing, 7.30pm.

I need to search out some more poems and we are seeing the folk singers on Sunday to check who is willing to perform. Wish us luck!