mentioned below, Hoofbeat
go into the studio this Sunday to start recording. It will make
a nice change to be able to offer people a studio recording of our
music. It looks like one of the recordings will be one of my pieces,
"Was It Ever Like this?" The venues for the Hoofbeat concerts
on 13th, 14th and 15th May 2010 have been decided, I think. I want
to let you know, but I don't know whether the information has been
officially released yet, so I'd better not (although it looks as
though we'll be playing in village halls near Fakenham, Ipswich
approach to Christmas is traditionally a time for me to catch up
with writing and composition projects. After Christmas I am looking
forward to working on the Rural Rhythms project in MundesleyJunior School, which will also involve members of the City
of London Sinfonia and has been organised by Norfolk Music
Works with funding from Youth Music. I am also looking
forward to meeting and working with artists, performers and teachers
on a project at Woodlands Primary School in Bradwell sponsored
by Creative Partnerships. Additionally I am starting another
block of work in each of Yaxham and Walpole Cross Keys
primary schools in January.
19th November 2009
again I am embarrassed to have ignored you all and failed to update
this news section for months. Things are still happening in the
DeeP Music world, even if it doesn't look like it.
from the usual school visits (thank you Yaxham and Walpole Cross
Keys Schools!) this season has been mainly one of performances.
News of the Victory, Hodmedod, Beatroot
and Peach Fruit have all be busy ceilidhing. Brides and grooms all
over East Anglia have been enjoying our music. The News of the Victory
played for October's Keir
Hardie Ceilidh series. Unusually there was a small audience,
but it did give me the chance to try calling some untested dances
and I gave the band five or six new tunes they'd never seen before.
The organisers encourage us to treat a KH ceilidh like a paid rehearsal,
but I'm never sure if the audience get that part of the deal
Lynn Community Samba Band is still recruiting. It seems
to be a never-ending task. However, we are picking up in numbers
and are delighted to have been introduced to dancer, Ruby Yates,
who has kindly donated time to help our dancers up their game. Of
course, while it is a delight for us to be able to focus on the
playing it is an immeasurably greater delight for our audiences
to have our dancers to watch while they listen to us play. Ruby
dances professionally and a recent pop video project for her has
seen her working with Holly Johnson on a re-mix and re-release of
"Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. We gave the KLCS
band and dancers an outing at this year's Food Fortnight event,
"Around the World in Eighty Recipes" in King's Lynn.
has been awarded a place on a rural arts touring scheme. This means
a small tour in May 2010 (13th , 14th, 15th ). I'll let you all
know when I know where these shows will be. Hoofbeat is also heading
into the studios to record in December. With any luck we'll have
a cd to sell at the performances too.
also spent some fun time in the studio with Neil
Cousin playing lots of percussion on a song on his forthcoming
cd. Hey, I'm a band!
summer season is in full swing and there are gigs aplenty for the
King's Lynn Community
Samba Band. We have some new costumes we are keen to try
out so, over the next few weeks, we are taking part in carnivals
and performances in Hunstanton (Carnival
on 28th June), Wisbech (Rose
Fair on 4th July) and King's Lynn (Hanse
Festival 1st August where we are listed simply as "...and
much more" among the quayside events). As ever, we are keen
to attract more players and dancers. If you think you might be interested
come and see us and chat to the members ... though preferably not
when they are actually playing!
News of the Victory is also undertaking a couple of free
(although contributions to the cause would be welcomed) outdoor
ceilidhs in July. Let's hope for good weather at the East
and West Rudham Arts Festival Ceilidh on the Playing Field on
11th July and the village green at Great Massingham
the following weekend on the 18th. Last year we played for
the Massingham event and the weather could not have been better.
We are hoping not to have a repeat of the infamous chip van incident!
been delighted to renew old acquaintances and make one or two new
ones through a project this week organised by the Norwich Excellence
Partnership. Pupils in several schools in the Larkman and
West Earlham area have been enjoying DeeP Music African drumming
workshops. I've also been back to Heacham Infant School this
week, again with my carload of djembes and other drums. At the end
of the day there's usually an audience of unbelievers who will not
accept that my car will hold that many drums ... proving it will
is a simple yet satisfying entertainment.
Primary School in Downham Market was the venue for the annual
Infant Music Festival spread over two mornings and led by Derek,
who would like to thank Tina Neale and staff from the thirteen participating
schools for their continued support. This year marked the 22nd year
we have held this event. Oddly it did not snow, rain, hail or flood
and no children were lost in a fog, blown away by the wind or even
got on another school's coach at the end of the event. As always,
it was thoroughly enjoyable. I stayed on at Clackclose to run some
samba sessions for pupils at their "Cultural Day", although
we had to wait for the birds of prey to finish hurtling around and
above the field before we could begin.
very much looking forward to this year's Our World Festivals which
are being held in schools throughout the region in July. More in
the next bulletin.
amazing violinist, Steve
Bingham, is giving a first performance of one of my compositions
tomorrow. Titled "Who Called?" it's a piece I wrote it
for electric violin and electronic loops.
"Ascension" the concert will consist of my trade mark
eclectic mix of music: There'll be solo Bach and multi-tracked Telemann
and Pachelbel for a baroque touch. Unaccompanied Piazzolla, alongside
traditional and not-so traditional folk music from Scandinavia,
Eastern Europe and Ireland. World premieres of a new looping piece
by Derek Paice and a new arrangement of 'All Along The Watchrower'
(Bob Dylan) by Phil Toms, plus performances of pieces written for
me by Andrew Keeling and Laurie Dunkin-Wedd. There will also be
my own arrangements of works by Philip Glass, George Harrison, Yes
myself and a violin on stage, there will also be a 4-string electric
violin, a 5-string electric violin, a laptop, midi pedals, a bass
pedal unit and a child's bicycle horn! There'll also be a guest
appearance by violist Brenda Stewart."
best laid plans and all that ... Upon discovering that one of their
teachers was retiring the pupils at Walpole Cross Keys School decided
that it would be a far better idea to write a song for him than
to stick to the project the head had asked me to prepare for this
term. Who am I to argue with logic such as this? ... Actually, I
did check with the head before we got too far into it. Today, though,
the school held a special assembly where the whole school sang the
pupils' song, "You Rock, Mr Gee" to an audience of staff,
parents, a gurgling baby and Mr Gee. He has taught part-time at
the school for many years, but what they remember the most is chocolate
cake, baked by Mrs Gee ... or so it says in the song. Best wishes,
Roger, for a long and happy retirement.
promised in the last news entry NotV, by The News of the
Victory, is now available from
has only taken me fifteen months to find out how to do it, but NotV,
the mini-cd by The News of the Victory is now coming onstream
as an MP3 download. At the moment it only seems to be available
and, so I've heard, Napster. However, it should be fully live by
early April when it will also be available from i-Tunes and Rhapsody,
for those who know about such things.
term is already halfway through and I have neglected the unknown
dozens who look to this column for inspiration. Apologies to you
all. The year began with The
News of the Victory's annual outing to Norwich to play for
Hardie Ceilidh series in January. We were delighted to see so
many dancers there and once more I spent the evening proving my
own incompetence by calling dances I'd never called before to tunes
I'd never before asked the band to play. I wonder if anyone noticed?!
from Walpole Cross Keys School in Norfolk have been enjoying
more DeeP Music Workshops this term. The key stage one class have
been composing and exploring music related to traditional tales
while the older ones have been working on music to describe "Fantasy
Primary School, also in Norfolk, have been working on musical
ideas related to their ongoing curriculum. Y5/6 pupils have been
using the places where they live to provide inspiration for compositions.
Y3/4 have been working on music reinforcing their understanding
of ostinati and pulse, while the KS1 pupils have been mixing working
on using instruments imaginatively to explore longer and shorter
sounds with seeing and hearing the African instruments I have been
bringing in. All pupils have been singing too, and I have finally
(after years of avoiding the song altogether) found a way of singing
the very funny "Three Men They Went a-Hunting" that keeps
the humour and ditches the racism. I am aware that all songs are
a snapshop of the time in which they were created, but I think I
prefer to sing words with which I feel comfortable, whilst ensuring
that the singers know why I may have altered the text.
was very pleased to be called back to Sheringham High School
for a day of samba workshops with Y9 pupils at the end of January.
also took the opportunity of attending this year's Straw
Bear Festival at Whittlesea for the first time in the many
years since I was a regular participant. It turned out to be one
of the coldest days I have ever spent standing around watching groups
of dancers displaying their terpsichorean skills in various morris
traditions. At one point I was dragged on to a dance floor to do
combat by broom with young and energetic Jasmine. I survived although
I'm not entirely sure it was with honour! Here's the evidence for
you to decide.
is going from strength to strength as Dawn, our newest member, is
really settling in. I have contributed another composition to the
band and they do a lovely job of celebrating "Ray's First Day".
We are looking forward to more performances later in the year. We
did enjoy playing in King's Lynn Town Centre at Christmas and hope
to see you soon in a town centre or village feast near you.