As part of my role as Head of Musical Inclusion at The Sage, Gateshead, I had a wide ranging conversation with Grant Hutchison of Tiny Changes about mental health and musical inclusion.
Grant was attending MC² - A Mini Conference on Mental Health and Musical Inclusion here at Sage Gateshead. The conference was the first in a new series of mini conferences for Music Leaders, music teachers, project workers and musicians working with children and young people that are experiencing challenging circumstances.
Tiny Changes was set up by the family of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison following his death in 2018. As a charity, Tiny Changes wants to raise awareness of children and young people’s mental health issues, advance understanding about the root causes and support initiatives that provide help to children and young people impacted by mental health problems.
You can listen to the podcast below or via this link to Spotify, and find out more about the work that Grant & his colleagues do on the Tiny Changes website.
'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.