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December 2011

What a terrible excuse for a news page. For this omission many apologies.

The year has, though, had some interesting work opportunities, The News of the Victory, The King's Lynn Community Samba Band, Hoofbeat Streetband, Hodmedod, Beatroot and Peach Fruit have all continued performing while new projects include songwriting and solo performances; Mark Fawcett's new acoustic ceilidh band, Bishy Barnabeat; Neil Cousin's live band (as percussionist) and, of course work in schools. Many thanks to regular clients, Walpole Cross Keys School, Yaxham School and Springwood High School for continued and regular support. As ever, the summer was filled with interesting work including more projects with Our World Festivals. Sadly Norfolk Music Works, long-time supporters of the King's Lynn Community Samba Band, finally bit the dust earlier in the year, so that means that larger and more interesting projects with fellow musicians are less likely for a while until one of us does something about organising something.

The songwriting project has been slow to develop over the past couple of years, but I see this as more of a personal statement than an extension of any existing projects. At the moment I don't envisage this as something to take into schools although song composition has always formed part of Deep Music education composition projects. Many of these songs could be viewed by some as confrontational. They do seem to have provoked a range of responses so far.

However, my year has been overshadowed by significant events in my personal life including bereavements and consequent enforced relocation as well as minor irritations like computer failure including the loss of all my contacts - exporting lists from Outlook doesn't always work and the ancient programs I have used for years to build my websites. The fact you are reading this is proof that I have managed a partial recovery. At the moment I am spending my last few days in the house I shared with my father for eight years and contemplating a life afloat on The Fens. I have not yet worked out how to compensate for the impending loss of communication facilities, although I hope that next year's updates will happen a little more regularly than this year's. I think I probably say that every December.

I am looking forward to the joys and challenges 2012 is bound to bring. Work is already coming in for January, three extended educational projects so far, but plenty of space in the diary for more, especially for single day events. Having acquired a big, black van I now have space to transport more instruments for when they are needed.

May I wish anyone reading this a Happy Christmas and a fine and dandy New Year.