Tag Archives: singing

Honking some encouragement

There’s a lot I love about wild geese and metaphors relating to them.  I heard more about them flying in formation and taking turns to be the leader at the Worship Central conference I went to last week.  The speaker … Continue reading

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Pitching your song

One of the things I like most about the folk club I attend fairly regularly is the frequency of singers’ nights and the encouragement to join in. I don’t think I’ve ever been with a group of people so keen … Continue reading

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Charging for singing

I have some friends who earn a living (more or less) as musicians, and some of them could make strong arguments why performers should be paid properly for their work.  I’d agree with most of their points, particularly when a … Continue reading

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Piping up blessing

One of the many enjoyable parts of Martyn Joseph’s ‘Pipefest’ weekend was joining in with a lullaby led by Karine Polwart, ‘Hush a bye my bairnie‘. Although I missed the singing workshop where it was taught I had heard the … Continue reading

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Recollecting inherited songs

The amazing heritage of English folk songs was celebrated last night in London at the launch of a vast new online archive, The Full English. I was privileged to join this auspicious event at Cecil Sharp House (C#House to the … Continue reading

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Finding your voice

I’ve never claimed to be much of a royalist, but I’m not sure how I managed to miss the coverage of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee quite so completely this time last year. I didn’t see the barge in the rain … Continue reading

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Hearing them sing

Last weekend I saw the film of the musical Les Misérables and loved it. Perhaps that isn’t a big surprise – I’ve been a fan of the musical since I first saw it as a teenager. I can’t find the … Continue reading

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