I was able to contribute a song to ‘Dwell’, a Happening with Grand Gestures Dance Collective (GGDC). They are a company who highlight the artistic qualities of older dancers and especially the culturally disruptive tendencies of their dance work.
GGDC seeks to question normative conceptions of the older dancer and to be ‘politely disruptive’ in its occupations of public space. For this version of the song my friend and fine musician, singer and songwriter in her own rite, Bex Mather added harmony vocals.
I began writing the song when working as a youth worker in the Scotswood area of the west end of Newcastle and it was originally recorded down in London with jazz musician Gerry Hunt from The Grand Union Orchestra. That version can be found here www.vimeo.com/462382381.
In both cases the importance of home and place are crucial, I wanted the song to come from the lived in experience that others can only see but never really feel. Find out more about Grand Gestures on their website www.grandgesturesdance.uk.
'Good in The World' was a song commissioned by Dry Water Arts as part of their Arts Council funded KIN project. They are based in the small town of Amble on the north east coast in Northumberland. The piece took lyrical inspiration from participants in Dry Water Arts Dementia Positive programmes and vocal assistance from The Amble Harbour Lights Choir. Read this blog to find out a little more about how the song came about and those who contributed to it.
Steve set up his YouTube channel sometime ago but has only recently begun to add to it. The content will be expanded in the coming months. You can expect a combination of some 'live' performance clips, promo videos and conversations. If you click the subscribe button (free of charge, of course) on the YouTube channel page then you will be notified every time some new content is added to the channel. For a link to the channel and a few insights into the video making process, take a couple of minutes to read the blog post.
It feels like a lifetime since I last 'hit the road' but on Friday 13th of August 2021, I was able, at last, to go out and do a 'live' gig. The date might be unlucky for some but not for me. The venue was The Kontra Roots Club near Northampton and I was so happy to finally make my first solo appearance in years . The audience came to listen, appreciate and have a bit of fun. I had a great time.